Wed, 11 May | Hobart Town Hall

Musica Viva

Presented by Musica Viva Tasmania, Tasmania’s international chamber music presenter. The New Zealand String Quartet presents a delectably diverse program rich in heart, nostalgia, and folk-like evocations from lands near and far.
Musica Viva

Time & Location

11 May, 7:30 pm AEST
Hobart Town Hall, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

About the event

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.

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