Join us to hear groundbreaking works from the masters on our 2018 National Tour! Book NOW for Featherston, Palmerston North, Blenheim, Queenstown, Invercargill, Christchurch, Wellington, Rotorua, Howick, Auckland, and Waiheke Island - https://nzsq.org.nz/concert...
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This year’s national tour in August/September will see us perform four carefully curated programmes of groundbreaking works which each, in their own way, have affected the future of string quartet composition.
Included in our Turning Points touring repertoire is Mozart’s String Quartet in C, K465, which acquired the nickname “Dissonance” several years after his death, undoubtedly due to the extraordinary harmonic boldness of the first movement’s slow introduction. Despite its title, this quartet is one of Mozart’s most brilliant and high-spirited works.
Beethoven was renowned as a trailblazer so it’s not surprising that each of our three tour programmes includes one of his most innovative quartets: the first of the Razumovsky quartets (op 59/1); his quartet in F minor, op 95 (nicknamed “Serioso”); and the extraordinary opus 131 quartet in C# minor, which Robert Schumann felt stood “...on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination."
Quartets from the 19th and 20th centuries are also to the fore, including Smetana’s semi-autobiographical “From My Life”, Debussy’s colouristic Quartet in G minor, Webern’s delicious Langsamer Satz and quirky Bagatelles, and the extraordinary Abhisheka by New Zealand’s own John Psathas.
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New Zealand String Quartet:
Helene Pohl, First Violin
Monique Lapins, Second Violin
Gillian Ansell, Viola
Rolf Gjelsten, Cello
Celebrating its 30th season in 2017, the New Zealand String Quartet has established an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication, and dynamic performing style. The Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and for its powerful connection with audiences of all kinds.
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