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2 July 2024

In the Utzon Room

Classical Music

A powerful concert of music that radically extends the boundaries of the string quartet.

Revolutionaries who changed the future of music.

Beethoven's String Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.127, is the first of what are known as his late quartets. When premiered in 1825, this piece struck listeners with its innovation of expression and musical themes, which transcended its time, making it a revolutionary work in the history of the string quartet. Its exploration of human emotions and musical ideas continues to resonate with audiences across generations, solidifying its relevance to this day.

For his second commission for the Australian String Quartet, composer Harry Sdraulig will produce his first full-length work, having previously composed a shorter work, Swirl, for the ensemble in 2020. Expect rich lyricism and harmony, and intricate, driving rhythms.

Moravian-born American composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold's String Quartet No.2 in E-flat Major, written in 1933, showcases his mastery of Romanticism. Combining lush harmonies with intricate interweaving of musical voices, this quartet reveals his versatility as a composer beyond his acclaimed works for the screen. Traversing a rich tapestry of feelings, spanning longing to exuberance, it demonstrates Korngold’s position as one of the great post-Romantics.

Presented by The Australian String Quartet


Dale Barltrop

Francesca Hiew

Christopher Cartlidge

Michael Dahlenburg

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