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Australian String Quartet: Brahms


Tue 12 Mar 2013, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, 140 Grey Street, South Bank, Queensland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Concession - Student and under 18yrs: $29.00
  • Concession - Pensioners: $52.40
  • Adult: $70.80
  • Additional fees may apply


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Mozart’s playful and gentle ‘Hoffmeister’ quartet contrasts with a mature masterpiece by Brahms and a jazz-influenced contemporary work.

Brahms’ first two string quartets share a long gestation period, and the continued polishing results in a lustrous finish. The second quartet in A minor shows an assured professional at work. Brahms takes liberties with form and tempo, contrasting lyrical calm with dramatic twists and moments of turbulence – beauty emerging from struggle.

Mozart’s quartet K499 is intimate music for private performance before the age of the grand concert hall. Imagine an audience of the lucky few in an ornate rococo salon, hearing for the very first time the sublime aria for the violin in the quartet’s slow movement.

Louis Andriessen, the most famous Dutch composer of our time, is perhaps best known in Australia for his opera with Peter Greenaway, Writing to Vermeer. In Facing Death (1990), the composer dares four string instruments to imitate Charlie Parker’s alto saxophone. The result is bebop for the strings; astringents, exhilarating and very fast.

A pre-concert talk will commence at 6.10pm.

Mozart, String Quartet in D Major K499
Louis Andriessen, Facing Death
Brahms, String Quartet in A minor op 51 no 2