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 Elias String Quartet; Musica Viva


Elias String Quartet; Musica Viva

  • Date: Thursday, 22 August 2013, 7.30 pm
  • Venue: Newcastle Conservatorium Concert Hall — The University of Newcastle, Cnr Auckland St and Gibson St, Newcastle, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the Musica Viva International Concert Season 2013 series
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 4929 1977

Event Details

The members of Britain’s Elias String Quartet bring together their diverse cultures, languages and musical interests to create a dramatic and satisfying whole. In this triumphant return tour of Australia they present two revered staples of the quartet repertoire alongside a highly anticipated world premiere from composer Matthew Hindson, inspired by the movement and energy of light.

The Quartet recently won the opportunity to work intensively on the entire Beethoven cycle. Cellist Marie Bitlloch says, ‘We're starting the cycles a year before we come to Australia. By then we'll have played half of all Beethoven's quartets! It’s going to be wonderful to play op 59 no 2 in Australia, having been immersed in his music.’

First violinist Sara Bitlloch rejoices in the chance to play one of Haydn’s best-loved masterpieces, op 77 no 2. ‘It's one that we played a long time ago, and we loved playing it. We’re relishing the opportunity of taking it back now that we feel a bit more experienced. It has this most extraordinary slow movement that starts almost like a walk, with just two instruments; and then other instruments gradually comment.’ Donald Grant expands: ‘So much of Haydn's music is incredibly folky, and so much of it should sound incredibly free and improvised…We feel a kind of new-found freedom and a sense of fun and exploration in the music.’

Join the ongoing journey of this magnificent young ensemble as it weaves the historical foundations of the genre into an assured brilliant future.

Featured non-Australian music: Haydn, Beethoven

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on 1800 688 482

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample String quartet no.2 : string quartet (2013) by Matthew Hindson
— performed by Elias String Quartet

Featured artists

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