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Villani Piano Quartet in Kerikeri


Sun 19 Jun 2016, 3:00pm–4:30pm

Where: Trussler Residence, 80 Pa Road, Kerikeri, Kerikeri

Restrictions: All Ages


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Listed by: Flavio Villani

We would love to welcome you to the first concert with our new line up. We are heading up north to enjoy the best of the winter sun in Kerikeri and cannot wait to meet friends old and new for an afternoon of well known and not so well known piano quartet repertoire.

Mahler - Piano Quartet in A minor
Vasks - Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano (I. Preludio: Moderato ~ II. Danze: Allegro)
Schumann - Piano Quartet in Eb Major (I. Sostenuto assai ~ Allegro ma non troppo ~ II. Scherzo: Molto vivace ~ III. Andante cantabile ~ IV. Finale: Vivace)

Door sales available: $20 Adult or $35 two Adults

Our programme has a little for everyone. Mahler's little known piano quartet is a one movement study of all things dark and brooding. Thought to originally be the first movement of a larger work, it was re-discovered in recent times and is slowly finding its place (deservedly so) in the standard piano quartet repertoire. After half a year settling in the formation and with our new member Helen Bevin from APO at the viola, we thought this would be a great revisitation of such a great work from last year's repertoire. From a one movement gem, to a 6 movement character folky tunes of Latvian composer Vasks: we are presenting the first two movements of such an interesting eastern European sound, enveloping in a beautiful neo-romantic expressivity.

And finally we end with one of the masterpieces of this formation, the Piano Quartet by Schumann. His first work for chamber music, it is still one of the most performed pieces in the repertoire, presenting a wide variety of exploration from the light and dark first movement to the skittering scherzo to the remarkably famous song-like tune of the third movement. The last movement is a hectic contrapuntal dialogue between the instruments which escalates to a brilliant finale.

(Price has been lowered in light of the upcoming Kerikeri Piano Competition happening in town in July. We encourage anyone coming to our concert to check the wonderful program of such an international standards competition happening in Kerikeri)