Beethoven 130



Flinders Quartet is immediately recognisable as Melbourne’s string quartet.

It is an internationally respected force in chamber music, championing contemporary relevance and art-form regeneration. Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2020, Flinders Quartet inspires a love of string quartet music through masterful live performances.

‘Satisfyingly epic’ is the best way to describe Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op.130, while Schubert’s singular movement Quartettsatz is a tantalising episode. In this exploration between macro and micro, Flinders Quartet interplays scale and form in a thought-provoking musical display. Since discovering Derek Brookes through its Composer Development Program in 2018, Flinders Quartet has wanted to pair his first string quartet with Webern’s Six Bagatelles. Brookes’s composition is based on stunning haiku poetry and to accentuate this innovative pairing, Flinders Quartet uses the fleeting sounds of Webern’s Bagatelles as a catalyst for the creation of several new haiku.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Flinders Quartet


Thibaud Pavlovic-Hobba violin
Wilma Smith violin
Helen Ireland viola
Zoe Knighton cello


Franz Schubert
String Quartet No.12 in C minor, D.703 ‘Quartettsatz’

Derek Brookes
String Quartet No.1

Anton Webern
Six Bagatelles for String Quartet, Op.9

Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No.13 in B flat, Op.130


This production is part of the following series:

Local Heroes 2020

Now in its ninth year, Melbourne Recital Centre’s Local Heroes series brings together Melbourne’s best artists in a year-long festival of chamber music.

Beethoven 250

To mark the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, Melbourne Recital Centre presents one of the largest explorations of the great master’s music.