Mon 09 Jul 7pm
Government House Ballroom
Beethoven String Quartet in F major op 135
Jörg Widmann String Quartet no 3 Hunt Quartet
Beethoven String Quartet in D major op 18 no 3
The spirit of Beethoven fuels this dramatic recital, juxtaposing the first and last of his masterful quartets.
In 1826, Beethoven’s personal life had descended into swirling chaos. But the majestic opus 135 Quartet he composed in that year gives no hint of it. The quartet is a miracle of transcendent beauty where Beethoven reconciles the competing sensibilities of classical order and radical Romanticism, to find consolation in the work’s restorative harmony.
German composer Jörg Widmann channels the spirit of Beethoven the innovator in a work of mischievous iconoclasm, transforming the driving rhythms of the seventh symphony into a startling tour-de-force of the art of performance.
Published in 1801, the first quartet announces Beethoven’s arrival as musical wunderkind of the new century. The young composer exhibits his command of the style of the master composers, Mozart and Haydn, and points forward to the ways he would transcend them.
We are excited to be performing this concert with guest cellist Michael Dahlenburg.
Thanks to Andy Packer, Stage Director, and a creative team of lighting, scenic and sound design artists: Emma Brockliss, Chris Hill, Gustav Meincke, Chris Petridis, Alexander Ramsay, Wendy Todd and Radio Adelaide.
Venue Information: Maintenance in the Ballroom
Due to maintenance works taking place in the Ballroom in July, access to the venue will be through the front doors. If it’s a cold (or warm!) day, please be sure to dress comfortably as heating / air conditioning is affected on this occasion. Due to the Supper Room closure, food and beverage facilities will not be available.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while Government House makes these improvements.