Anne Horton - violin
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
With guest artists Ioana Tache, violin and Sharon Draper, cello
Completed only a year before the composer’s breakthrough work Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, Claude Debussy’s String Quartet in G minor had a controversial reception in 1890’s Paris. It is now one of his best loved works with its gamelan-inspired pizzicato passages, modal harmonies and rich undulating landscapes of the Andantino.
Mendelssohn’s String Quartet op 44 no 2, a work of dazzling string writing completed on the composer’s honeymoon, negotiates with ease the fine line between the elegiac and the spectacular. Intriguing similarities with the later violin concerto include the key of E minor and the opening theme.
Andrew Ford’s fifth quartet will be his second piece for the ASQ following the folksong suite Tales of the Supernatural, premiered at the 2004 Adelaide Festival. Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, in the Estonian composer’s distinctive and meditative style, exists in numerous versions bearing testimony to the work’s enduring popularity.