Blazing their way to Berlin
Join the brilliant Acacia Quartet for their ‘Heading To Berlin’ program as they present music by Mozart, Schubert and the forgotten German/Jewish composer Gunter Raphael (1903 – 1960).
“Sometimes words can fail to adequately describe what one witnesses... the Acacia Quartet illustrated each movement with an incredible depth of understanding” - The Age
Founded in 2010 by Australian violinists Lisa Stewart and Myee Clohessy, German violist Stefan Duwe and American cellist Anna Martin-Scrase, Acacia Quartet is known for its excellent performances, inventive programs and revival of forgotten works. Upon an invitation from the Gunter Raphael Foundation in Germany Acacia is about to embark on four concerts in Berlin plus a recording of three of Raphael string quartets.
This first concert in ACACIA’s 2017 Utzon Room Series will feature Raphael’s String Quartet No 1 in e minor Op. 5 which was written when he was only 21. This will most likely be the Australian premiere of this early work although it was premiered in 1934 by the famous Busch Quartet in Berlin.
To complement Raphael’s early chamber work ACACIA have paired it with one of the ten quartets Schubert wrote while still a teenager - his joyful String Quartet No 15 in E flat major Op 125/1 D87.
After interval ACACIA will perform Mozart’s masterwork String Quartet in d Minor K421, the second of his ten quartets dedicated to Haydn and the only one in a minor key. Written in 1783, the second movement was supposedly composed while his wife Constanze was in labour.
Presented by Acacia Quartet