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Program notes

Program notes

These program notes and introductory videos are your opportunity to get-behind-the scenes and prepare for your concert experience with the Australian String Quartet. The full program for each tour will be published one week prior to the commencement of the tour. Hard copy programs will be available for purchase at the concert venue.

HOMEWARD: National Season 2017
2 - 15 August 2017

Britten String Quartet no 1 in D major op 25
Paul Stanhope
String Quartet no 2
Dvoƙák
String Quartet no 13 in G major op 106

Find out more about the concert
Click here to download a pdf of the program, or read online below.

 To get-behind-the scenes and prepare for your concert experience, listen to our 5 minute pre-concert video.

 To get-behind-the scenes and prepare for your concert experience, listen to our 5 minute pre-concert video.

MIGRATION: National Season 2017
23 May - 5 June 2017

Ralph Towner  Guitar Quintet Migration
Iain Grandage  Guitar Quintet Black Dogs
Schubert  String Quartet in G major D887
with guest artist Slava Grigoryan, guitar

Find out more about the concert
Click here to download a pdf of the program, or read online below.

To get-behind-the scenes and prepare for your concert experience, listen to our 5 minute pre-concert video.

 

 

METAMORPHOSES: National Season 2016
13 - 24 October 2016

Mozart  String Quartet in F major K590
Ligeti  String Quartet no 1, Métamorphoses Nocturnes
Ravel  String Quartet in F major
Find out more about the concert
Click here to download a pdf of the program, or read online below.

Listen to the Metamorphoses pre-concert video by Dale and Sharon.


Alleged Dances:  National Season 2016
29 February - 14 March 2016

Beethoven  String Quartet in B flat major op 18 no 6
Matthew Hindson String Quartet no 4 for string quartet and percussion (World premiere)
John Adams  Excerpts from John’s Book of Alleged Dances with hand percussion (arranged Edwardes)
Schumann  String Quartet no 1 in A minor op 41 no 1
With guest percussionist Claire Edwardes
To download a pdf of the program, click here.

Transcend: National Season 2015 - 29 October - 7 November 2015

Juan Crisostomo de Arriaga, String Quartet no 3 in E flat major
Brett Dean,
And once I played Ophelia* (Australian Premiere performances)
Schubert,
String Quartet no 14 in D minor D810, Death and the Maiden
With guest artists Allison Bell, soprano and violinists Sophie Rowell and Francesca Hiew
*Co-commissioned by the Australian String Quartet, Britten Sinfonia and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival
To download a pdf of the program, click here.




Abundance: National Season 2015 - 1-8 September 2015

Mozart, String Quartet no 15 in D minor K421
Matthew Hindson,
String Quartet no 3: Ngeringa (World premiere performances)
Webern, Langsamer Satz
Smetana,
String Quartet no 1 in E minor, From my life
With guest violinists Susie Park and Brendan Joyce
*
Commissioned by Ngeringa Arts
Download a pdf of the program.


 

Remember Tomorrow:  National Season 2015 - 20 February to 11 March 2015

Haydn, String Quartet in C major op 76 no 3, Emperor
Ross Edwards, Gallipoli* (World Premiere performances)
Shostakovich, String Quartet no 3 in F major, op 73
Download a pdf of the program

 

Boundless:  National Season 2014- 11 - 31 August 2014

Haydn / String Quartet in G major op 77 no 1
Beethoven / String Quartet op 95 Serioso
Bartók / String Quartet no 5

 

Speechless:  National Season 2014- 21 - 30 May 2014

Schubert / Quartettsatz
Berg / Lyric Suite
Mozart / Requiem
Download the webnote or the  concert program

 

 

Continuum: National Season 2014, 4 - 13 March 2014

Boccherini / String Quartet in G minor op 32 no 5
Brahms / String Quartet in C minor op 51 no 1
Stephen Whittington / Windmill
George Crumb / Black Angels
Download the webnote or the concert program.

Beethoven: National Season 2013, 9-11 November

Schnittke / String Quartet no 3
Beethoven / String Quartet op 130 and Grosse Fuge
Download Beethoven concert program

Brahms: National Season 2013, 6 - 18 March

Mozart / String Quartet in D major K499, Hoffmeister
Louis Andriessen / Facing Death
Brahms / String Quartet in A minor op 51 no 2
Download BRAHMS webnote
Download Brahms Concert Program


 

Schubert:  National Season 2013, 27 May - 5 June

Haydn/ String Quartet op 64 no 5, Lark
Bartók / String Quartet no 3
Schubert / String Quintet in C major D956
Download a pdf of SCHUBERT program

 

Debussy:  National Season 2013, 6 - 17 September

Mendelssohn / String Quartet in E minor op 44 no 2
Andrew Ford / String Quartet no 5 (new commission)
Arvo Pärt / Fratres
Debussy / String Quartet in G minor op 10
Download pdf of DEBUSSY program

Beethoven:  National Season 2013, 11 - 20 November

Schnittke / String Quartet no 3
Beethoven / String Quartet op 13 and Grosse Fuge

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