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Welcome to the Australian String Quartet 2018 National Season. From the surging momentum of Philip Glass to the contemplative closure of Shostakovich’s tenth string quartet, we are pleased to present a menu of works that will traverse the vast spectrum of human emotions.
Major works of the master composers, Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schubert and Shostakovich headline each program. Interspersed among these milestones are a selection of audacious contributions from leading figures of the contemporary musical world. Through the lens of these modern works, the masterworks of the past are viewed in a new light, restoring the potency of their uplifting spirit.
Mendelssohn banishes the clouds to allow the sun to radiate gloriously in the most uplifting of all of his string quartets. Beethoven’s life traversed magnificence and struggle, reflected in the extraordinary trajectory of the sixteen string quartets that span his career. His very first and last quartets, whilst worlds apart, are remarkably similar in the sense of unshaded classicism they share.
Schubert warms the soul with a beguiling concoction of musical tenderness and dramatic sensibility, alongside the tenth quartet of Shostakovich, which journeys through a rich landscape of shifting characters, all evoking a sense of the composer’s search for understanding and wisdom.
We eagerly anticipate the premiere of a newly commissioned string quartet by Perth-based composer, James Ledger. Brett Dean’s brilliant first string quartet, Eclipse, will be paired with the iconic American minimalist, Philip Glass, and Jörg Widmann’s wildly theatrical Hunt Quartet will offer a flight of fantasy amidst two towering achievements of Beethoven.
This is a journey of contrasts that will ignite your senses and provide food for thought. In the spirit of curiosity and adventure, we invite you to join us as we uncover these musical gems, old and new.
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Glass Dean MendelssohnAfter two modern masterworks of power and passion, the concert culminates in the sunshine of Mendelssohn’s radiant String Quartet in D major.
Beethoven Widmann BeethovenThe spirit of Beethoven fuels this recital’s contrasts of drama and consolation, juxtaposing the first and last of the composer’s masterful quartets.
Schubert Ledger ShostakovichShostakovich captivates with a work of rich stylistic breadth, born of a search for emotional wisdom, while dramatic sensibility combines with tenderness in Schubert’s rapturous quartet.
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Australian String Quartet National Season 2018 Creative: Illustration - Chris Edser, Photography - Jacqui Way, Art Direction - Cul-de-sac Creative. Music - String Quartet no 1 “Tempesta” by Joe Chindamo. Performed by Australian String Quartet recorded by ABC Classic FM 4 July 2016 at Melbourne Recital Centre.