A brilliant convergence of grandeur and intimacy
Composed in the final weeks of his far too short life, Schubert’s writing is symphonic, capturing far more harmonic colours than had ever been thought possible for an ensemble of this size. The use of two cellos was revolutionary and gave him further scope for exploration of tone and texture.
This grand quintet is a journey through sadness, fear, contemplation and joy, with a melodic richness reflecting Schubert’s status as one of the great writers of song.
Alongside Schubert’s Quintet, the ACO will also pay homage to Schubert’s musical inspiration, Ludwig Van Beethoven, with his beloved String Quintet in C minor, Op.104.
With just five musicians on stage, this performance will see the intimate and the grand brilliantly intertwine, providing audiences with an ACO experience to remember.
For a deeper dive, be sure to read British poet George Szirtes’s personal reflections on Schubert's Quintet in the program notes, written specifically for the ACO, or listen to an ACO podcast by former Limelight-Editor, Clinical Psychologist and music-lover Francis Merson, as he takes a closer look at the extraordinary life and music of Franz Schubert and his "perfect" Quintet.
BEETHOVEN String Quintet in C minor, Op.104
SCHUBERT String Quintet in C major, D.956
Richard Tognetti AO Director & Violin
Helena Rathbone Principal Violin
Steanie Farrands Principal Viola
Elizabeth Woolnough Viola
Timo-Veikko Valve Principal Cello
Melissa Barnard Cello
Presented by Australian Chamber Orchestra