Welcome to the Australian String Quartet 2018 season. From the surging momentum of Philip Glass to the contemplative closure of Shostakovich’s tenth string quartet, the Australian String Quartet 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 third quartet The Hunt 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.
- Dale, Francesca, Stephen and Sharon.
Mon 12 Feb 7pm
Philip Glass String Quartet No.3 ‘Mishima’
Brett Dean String Quartet 'Eclipse'
Mendelssohn String Quartet in D major Op.44 No.1
After two modern masterworks of power and passion, the concert culminates in the sunshine of Mendelssohn’s radiant String Quartet in D major.
Fri 29 Jun 7pm
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 recital’s contrasts of drama and consolation, juxtaposing the first and last of the composer’s masterful quartets.
Wed 3 Oct 7pm
Schubert String Quartet No.13 in A minor ‘Rosamunde’
James Ledger String Quartet No.2 ‘Transmissions’
Shostakovich String Quartet No.10 in A flat major Op.118
Shostakovich 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.
Three-concert subscription package:
Under 30 $75
Single concert tickets (on sale December 1 2017):
Under 30 $30
A booking fee per transaction applies for this event as follows: Internet $6, Phone $8.
There is no booking fee for tickets purchased in person at the City Recital Hall Box Office.