Philip Glass reflects upon the life of the iconic poet Yukio Mishima in a work of great evocative power, gripping in its vivid musical imagery of the controversial artist’s turbulent life.
Brett Dean’s art is driven by serious concerns and his first string quartet responds to the events of the refugee crisis, through music of haunting eeriness and explosive anger reaching tentatively towards the hope for peace.
The intensity of these opening works finds a perfect counterpoise in Mendelssohn’s radiant String Quartet in D, where the composer marshals the full resources of his prodigious musicality in a virtuosic creation of musical sunshine. With all the ecstatic brilliance of the composer’s most joyful music, the quartet reminds us of music’s power to revive the spirit.
Presented by Australian String Quartet
String Quartet No.3 Mishima
String Quartet Eclipse
String Quartet in D Op.44 No.1
Dale Barltrop plays a 1784 Guadagnini Violin, Turin
Francesca Hiew plays a 1748-49 Guadagnini Violin, Piacenza
Stephen King plays a 1783 Guadagnini Viola, Turin
Sharon Draper plays a c.1743 Guadagnini Violoncello, Piacenza, ‘Ngeringa’
Friday 16 February 2018 7pm
Duration: 2 hours (incl. interval)
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