The genesis of Beethoven around the world started in 2014 when Quatuor Ébène was invited to perform the complete Beethoven quartets at Carnegie Hall in New York in 2020, the composer’s 250th jubilee year.
This invitation engendered the idea of playing Beethoven not just in New York, but around the world for – as the Ode to Joy says – all humanity.
2019, A WORLD TOUR IN 7 STAGES
From April 2019 to January 2020, the Quatuor Ébène gave some 40 concerts across 18 countries and all six continents.
The theme of this world tour is sharing, across geographical and cultural divides.
Their world tour will benefit from a carbon offset programme devoted to reforestation,
THE RECORDINGS LIVE @ROUND THE WORLD
The complete Beethoven String Quartets, released in may 2020 under the Erato / Warner label was recorded live in seven stages.
#1 Philhadelphia (Kimmel Center)
#2 Vienna (Konzerthaus)
#3 Tokyo (Suntory Hall)
#4 São Paulo, Brésil (Sala São Paulo)
#5 Melbourne, Australia (Melbourne Recital Centre)
#6 Nairobi, Kenya (Alliance française de Nairobi)
#7 Paris (Philharmonie de Paris - Cité de la musique)
Few quartets have previously had the courage to opt for live recording, as Ébène have done, in order to conserve the passion and spirit which comes with performing for an audience.
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A film crew followed the Quatuor Ébène throughout its world tour and produce a documentary to be released at the end of 2020.
The emotional and intellectual might of Beethoven's works powerfully conveys the humanity which was the very spirit of the Age of Enlightenment. The film will test out the truth of this ideal in the field: how will this music go down in the suburbs of Philadelphia? Or in Vienna's Konzerthaus? Or the Sahel bush? How will it resonate with cultures so diametrically opposed?
2020, BEETHOVEN'S ANNIVERSARY
COMPLETE BEETHOVEN QUARTETS CYCLES
From February to December 2020, in parallel with the appearance of the recordings and of a documentary film, the Quatuor Ébène will perform the complete Beethoven String Quartets in concert in some of the world's most beautiful venues.
The Association Quatuor Ébène - Beethoven around the world warmly thanks all its individual support.
Beethoven around the world is supported by Institut Français and ADAMI.
The USA tour is supported by the cultural services of the French Embassy in the United States.
Quatuor Ébène is the Ambassador of Beethoven 2020 Foundation.
Air France is a partener of Beethoven around the world for carbon offset programme devoted to reforestation.
The closing concert of Beethoven live @round the world, on January 27th 2019 in the Philharmonie de Paris, receive the patronage de la Commission nationale française de l'UNESCO.
Thus, brothers, you should run your race,
Like a hero going to victory!
You millions, I embrace you.
This kiss is for all the world!
Friedrich von Schiller - Ode to Joy