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Turning Points - New Zealand String Quartet


Sun 19 Aug 2018, 1:00pm–3:00pm
Sun 19 Aug 2018, 5:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Cloudy Bay Vineyard, Jacksons Road, Blenheim, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $45.00
  • Senior Citizen, Friends of NZSQ, NZSO, SOUNZ & CMNZ Subscribers: $40.00
  • Tertiary Student: $15.00
  • School Children: $5.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Join the New Zealand String Quartet for a concert of groundbreaking works that have taken the quartet genre in new directions.

Beethoven was renowned as a trailblazer so it’s not surprising that each of the tour programmes features one of his most innovative quartets: the first of the Razumovsky quartets, his opus 95 (“Serioso”), and the extraordinary opus 131 quartet, which Robert Schumann felt stood “...on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination."

Also included are Mozart’s brilliant and high-spirited “Dissonance” Quartet, Smetana’s poignant, semi-autobiographical “From My Life”, Debussy’s colouristic Quartet in G minor, Webern’s romantic Langsamer Satz and quirky Bagatelles, and the extraordinary Abhisheka by New Zealand’s own John Psathas. NZSQ cellist Rolf Gjelsten says: "We’re looking forward to sharing with you the genius and vision of these works as well as elucidating the qualities which make each work so remarkable."

Programme 1 (1:00PM)
Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 (“Dissonance”)
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95
Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10

Programme 2 (5:00PM)
Psathas: Abisheka
Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C♯ minor, Op. 131
Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor (“From My Life”)

Concert duration - 2 hours with interval.
General admission - no pre-allocated seating.