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Posts tagged: string quartet

Borodin Quartet in Wellington – Old-World elegance, universal beauty

By , 16/10/2014
Mention the name "Borodin Quartet" and the average classical music-lover's eyes will either take on a dreamy, far-away look as if contemplating whole histories of music-making in every prestigious place imaginable, or else flash with sudden excitement at the prospect of encountering this world-renowned group's playing. Last week in Wellington, chamber-music enthusiasts had the chance to indulge in either or both reactions, as the Borodins (their 2014 lineup of... read more

Fancy having such a quartet in our midst! The last of the glorious Beethoven series

By , 08/09/2012
This concert brought to an end what might well be considered a pinnacle in the career of the New Zealand String Quartet. The quartet’s earlier achievements have been distinguished enough, with their complete cycle of Bartók’s quartets and the Naxos recordings of the complete quartets of Mendelssohn. And it has had an important role in enhancing New Zealand’s reputation as a country that places high value on the arts... read more

Wonderland in name and deed – Made In New Zealand

By , 25/05/2012
This was a "Made In New Zealand" concert which packed a real wallop, featuring three substantial pieces of music by different New Zealand composers - all of whom, incidentally, were present.  While none of the performances on this occasion were premieres, each one seemed to me to freshly unwrap the music, and square up whole-heartedly to the technical and emotional challenges of each of the pieces' different physical and... read more

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