Evening concert: Stanhope/Bennett, Mozart, Britten

with Australian String Quartet, Dr. Lou Bennet

20:15 / Thu 1 Feb. / Grote Zaal Muziekgebouw / € 40,00

2024    Evening Concert    Thu 1 Feb    Voice   
Dr. Lou Bennett
Photo : Dr. Romaine Moreton

Australian String Quartet

Dale Barltrop(violin)
Francesca Hiew (violin)
Christopher Cartlidge (viola)
Michael Dahlenburg (cello)

Paul Stanhope/Lou Bennett

New piece for string quartet and voice (Dutch premiere)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

String Quartet no. 15 KV 421

Benjamin Britten

String Quartet no. 2

The Australian String Quartet, founded in 1985, represents the string quartet tradition on the oldest continent in a unique way. All four musicians are skilled in playing a beautiful Guadagnini instrument. Furthermore, the ensemble is renowned for presenting challenging programs with an Australian connection. During the String Quartet Biennale, their distinguished compatriots Paul Stanhope and Lou Bennett will be showcasing the European premiere of their composition for string quartet, this time featuring the addition of the human voice.

Mozart’s Fifteenth String Quartet, which is the second of the six quartets dedicated to Haydn, is a dramatic piece that foreshadows the poignant late string quartets of Beethoven. Similarly, in his Second String Quartet, Britten adopts a serious tone. The piece was written in 1945 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of Purcell’s death. Just a few months prior, Britten and Yehudi Menuhin had toured the just liberated German concentration camps, an experience that undoubtedly influenced the composition of this quartet.

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