Canberra Strings: Beyond the Quartet

Concert or Performance

29 Jul 2018

Canberra Strings presents a concert of nineteenth century music for String Octet, beginning with Spohr’s rarely heard Double Quartet No 1. Written in 1823, the Double Quartet includes some of Spohr’s most inventive writing, featuring the textural variety that two string quartets playing together offers. It is thought that this work’s innovative compositional style may have inspired the young Mendelssohn in his composition of his famous octet.

Written when Mendelssohn was just 16, the String Octet has become one of the most beloved works of the chamber music repertoire. With its soaring, lyrical melodic lines and intricate passage-work, the work envelops listeners in the complexity of its textures and the exuberant joy of Mendelssohn’s youthful style.

Canberra Strings are a group of eight Canberra professional string players performing together with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Featuring CSO’s concertmaster Barbara Jane Gilby as first violinist, the group also includes CSO principal second violin Doreen Cumming, Pip Thompson and Isobel Ferrier on violins, Jack Chenoweth and Lucy Carrigy Ryan on viola, and Matisha Panagoda and Michael Ryan on cello.

Duration 75 minutes.
Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop.

Please note: Admission to this concert is strictly by registration only. Registration opens 29 June 2018.


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