Just before celebrating its 30 year anniversary, the Berlin
based Artemis Quartet goes through one of its most
turbulent years to date. When the last founding member,
cellist Eckart Runge, decides to leave the quartet in 2018,
with second violinist Anthea Kreston following his departure,
the quartet is shaken to its core. They agree to stay
together until the end of the season, giving the remaining
members the chance to reconstruct the quartet once more.
Will the shared love for music be strong enough for the
Artemis Quartet to persevere?
Filmmaker Hester Overmars portrays the quartet, its former and new members, throughout this extraordinary year, having full access to their rehearsals, life behind the scenes and international performances. From up close, the film observes how the quartet lives through their reconstruction.
What does it take to play the world’s top stages and how do you find
balance within a marriage of four, as a string quartet is often referred
to? Artemis: The Neverending Quartet is a story about living for music, of mourning, struggle and revival, in a compelling film with the quartet’s music at its heart.
An anniversary and a new start in one. Far from looking back in satisfaction, the quartet is currently boldly breaking new ground. Thirty years after it was founded – in 1989, the year when the Berlin Wall came down – a rejuvenated Artemis Quartet, towards the end of the film, welcomes two new members alongside the remaining Gregor Sigl and Vineta Sareika. Over the years the quartet has adjusted to new formations, and now once again a radical change is there: from the start of the season 2019/20 violinist Suyoen Kim, born in Münster, Westphalia, a demanded soloist and First Concertmaster of the Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin, alternates first and second violin with Vineta Sareika. Meanwhile Dutch cellist Harriet Krijgh, already a high profile concert artist and chamber musician, is taking over from Eckart Runge.
‘Conflicts are unavoidable, but can you still see the greatness and goodness of your musical colleague, or is that - in the end - impossible?’
Music played in the film
Barber, String Quartet no.11 in B minor
Bartók, String Quartet no. 4 SZ 91
Haydn, String Quartet no. 59 in G minor, Opus 74
Brahms String Quartet no. 2 in A minor, Opus 51
Brahms, String Sextet No. 1 in B flat Major, Opus 18
Smetana, String Quartet no.1 in E Minor
‘There are moments on stage when I still feel Friedemann’s presence. An enormous strength, radiating out from sometimes just a single note.’
ARTEMIS: THE NEVERENDING QUARTET IS A BASALT FILM, 24CLASSICS & TONDOWSKI
FILMS PRODUCTION IN COPRODUCTION WITH NTR AND ZDF/ARTE
© 2019 BASALT FILM - 24CLASSICS - TONDOWSKI FILMS NTR