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Sun 12 Jun 2011, 5:00pm

Where: Wellington Town Hall, 111 Wakefield St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • B Reserve: $65.00
  • C Reserve: $40.00
  • A Reserve: $85.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: SWPR Ltd

Mark Steinberg - violin
Serena Canin - violin
Misha Amory - viola
Nina Lee - cello

"… the Brentanos are a magnificent string quartet... This was wonderful, selfless music-making." - The Times (UK)

In 2007, the Brentano String Quartet made their debut in NZ with concerts in two centres. Chamber Music New Zealand are extremely happy to be able to extend this, their much anticipated return tour, to five centres.

Described by The Independent as “passionate, uninhibited and spell-binding”, the Brentano String Quartet have travelled the world to critical acclaim since their formation in 1992. Named after Antonie Brentano, Beethoven's supposed “Immortal Beloved”, the American ensemble have won many prestigious international awards, including the Naumburg Chamber Music Award and the first Cleveland Quartet Award. They have been Ensemble-In-Residence at Princeton University and at London's Wigmore Hall. In addition to performing the entire two century range of the standard quartet repertoire, the Brentano String Quartet have a strong interesting both very old and very new music. They perform many musical works pre-dating the string quartet as a medium. At the other end of the timescale, the quartet have worked closely with some of the most important composers of the 21st Century.

Their second visit to NZ features renaissance works alongside Beethoven's late quartets. Stephen Hartke's Night Songs for a Desert Flower rounds off each programme with a work that is "at heart, a book of madrigals for string quartet".

Program two:

Byrd and Gibbons: Renaissance pieces
Haydn: String Quartet in D minor Opus 103 (unfinished)
Haydn: Chorale, Der Greis, Hob.XXVc:5 (arranged for string quartet by Mark Steinberg)
Stephen Hartke: Night Songs for a Desert Flower
Beethoven: String Quartet No 15 in A minor Opus 132

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