Death and the Maiden

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‘The most exciting young quartet on the block’ – Limelight

A cornerstone of chamber music, Schubert’s Death and the Maiden is an expressive, romantic, and dramatic work that was written when Schubert himself was in death’s shadow. Considered a masterpiece, and filled with anguish, yearning and gentle consolation, it vividly tells the story of a young maiden who begs Death to pass her by.

Balancing the emotive power of Schubert’s work, Orava presents two sacred works from the Renaissance, reimagined for string quartet: An Ave verum Corpus by English composer William Byrd, and the motet, O Magnum Mysterium by Thomas Luis De Victoria, the most famous composer in 16th century Spain.

The first Australian ensemble ever signed to the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label in Australia, Orava Quartet bring its stunning intensity and passion to this thrilling, pensive and soul-nourishing program for its Melbourne audiences.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Orava Quartet


Tomás Luis de Victoria
O Magnum Mysterium

William Byrd
Ave verum corpus

Franz Schubert
String Quartet No.14 in D minor D.810, ‘Death and the Maiden’


The Orava Quartet has earned its emerging reputation as one of Australia’s most exciting ensembles… and Australian classical music is all the better for it.