Australian String Quartet: Ford & Debussy
- Date: Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 7.00 pm
- Venue: Melbourne Recital Centre — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
- Tickets: $72.60 -$27.10 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333
Completed only a year before the composer’s breakthrough work Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor had a controversial reception in 1890’s Paris. It is now one of his best loved works with its gamelan-inspired pizzicato passages, modal harmonies and rich undulating landscapes of the Andantino.
Mendelssohn’s String Quartet op 44 no 2, a work of dazzling string writing completed on the composer’s honeymoon, negotiates with ease the fine line between the elegiac and the spectacular. Intriguing similarities with the later violin concerto include the key of E minor and the opening theme.
Andrew Ford’s fifth quartet will be his second commission for the ASQ following the folksong suite Tales of the Supernatural, which premiered at the 2004 Adelaide Festival.
Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, in the Estonian composer’s distinctive and meditative style, exists in numerous versions bearing testimony to the work’s enduring popularity.
Featured non-Australian music: Mendelssohn, Pärt, Debussy
Featured Australian Works
|String quartet No 5 : string quartet (2013) by Andrew Ford|
— performed by Australian String Quartet
- Performer Australian String Quartet
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