After more than 40 years the undisputed grand masters of the string quartet now bid a graceful farewell to the concert platform. Their last programs ever for Australia include some of the pieces which cemented their stellar reputation, in performances which will touch all hearts. Playing a famous collection of Stradivarius instruments, the Tokyo String Quartet offers a polished beauty of sound matched by none, and a special insight into music which only comes through years of hard-won experience.
It will be a highly charged, emotional tour for the members of this ensemble. ‘We like to finish our careers by playing the pieces we love most,’ says Kikuei Ikeda; so the music includes Schubert’s last, great quartet and a masterpiece of late Beethoven. A Sculthorpe quartet recalls the immediate and striking response it received from Australian audiences when the Tokyos first played it. And there is Bartók’s ultimate work in this genre – ‘The way he expressed himself through music is universal, that’s why his music has such power,’ adds Kazuhide Isomura.
Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate the final performances of a landmark ensemble of our time.
Featured non-Australian music: Bartok, Beethoven
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Featured Australian Works
||String quartet no. 16 : for string quartet with optional didjeridu (2005) by Peter Sculthorpe|
— performed by Tokyo String Quartet
- Performer Tokyo String Quartet
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