MCO Salon Sessions - From My Life

From My Life


Iconic Haydn & Smetana with canapés and wine in the Salon.

As the maxim says, those who know the rules are best placed to break them. Haydn, having co-authored the rule book for string quartets and the Classical style, throws convention aside in his daring G minor quartet. Rhythmic jokes, harmonic twists of the knife, and razor-sharp wit come together to give us Haydn at his best.

In 1876, afflicted by deafness, the Czech composer Bedřich Smetana wrote one of the most ambitious string quartets of the Romantic period, From My Life. A deeply personal statement, the quartet is imbued with the biographical vignettes of the title, from lively dances to heartfelt yearnings of mature love and tragedy. With Czech passion at the fore and virtuosic use of all the members of the quartet, this is a wonderful musical experience for new listeners and connoisseurs alike.

This performance is part of Melbourne Chamber Orchestra’s Salon Sessions series. The Salon Sessions combine performances of iconic chamber music, gourmet canapés, premium wine, a pre-concert briefing and an opportunity to meet the artists post-performance. Attendance is limited to 65 guests.

Presented by Melbourne Chamber Orchestra


Joseph Haydn
String Quartet in G Minor Op.20 No.3 Hob III:33

Bedřich Smetana
String Quartet No.1 From My Life


Melbourne Chamber Orchestra Quartet
William Hennessy violin
Markiyan Melnychenko violin
Merewyn Bramble viola
Michael Dahlenburg cello