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The New Zealand String Quartet presents a delectably diverse program rich in heart, nostalgia, and folk-like evocations from lands near and far.
JOSEPH HAYDN — String Quartet Op. 20, No. 4
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH — String Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 68
GARETH FARR — Te Koanga
BEDRICH SMETANA — String Quartet No. 2 in D Minor
Haydn — the undisputed ‘father’ of the string quartet — warms the soul in his twenty-seventh string quartet, the perfect sonic foil for Shostakovich’s enigmatic second quartet of truly symphonic proportions.
New Zealand composer Gareth Farr evokes the native soundscape of the Marlborough Sounds — Tūī birds call to the Weka in the distance.
Smetana reflects on his life and declining health in his autobiographical second string quartet: a potent mix of strife, tenderness, fury and hope.