Schubert’s String Quintet in C D 956, a masterpiece composed in the final two weeks of the composer’s life, headlines this enticing concert. This Quintet is famed for its unconventional instrumentation, which includes the rare use of two cellos. For this, the Australian String Quartet share the stage with virtuoso cellist, Timo-Veikko Valve, integral member of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and a sought-after soloist in his own right.
The concert opens with Haydn’s String Quartet Op.64 No.5 the “Lark”. Just as the lark’s song heralds the European spring, so this Quartet evokes the season’s fragrant freshness. Then to Béla Bartók’s String Quartet No 3, intense and untamed diving headlong into mysterious depths, with its folk influences, percussive gestures and wild glissandi.
Timo-Veikko Valve – Guest Artist, Cello
Appears courtesy of the Australian Chamber Orchestra
The Australian String Quartet
Kristian Winther, violin; Anne Horton, violin; Stephen King, viola; Rachel Johnston, cello;
HAYDN String Quartet Op.64 No.5, (“Lark”)
BARTÓK String Quartet No.3
SCHUBERT String Quintet in C major D956
Adult tickets are $73.50 and Concessions are available (additional fees may apply).
Bookings: www.cityrecitalhall.com or call (02) 8256 2222 or in person at City Recital Hall Angel Place.