IRMT 2020 Conference: NZSQ plays Beethoven

January 2020

During IRMT's 2020 Annual Conference, we'll present a programme of three Beethoven Quartets, one from each of his so-called three periods, early, middle and late.

Opening with the unsettled world of the C Minor work from Op. 18, Beethoven’s first published collection of six quartets, the programme proceeds to the third Razumovsky Quartet, a work whose startling introduction recalls the opening bars of Mozart’s “Dissonance” Quartet, K.465, both works sharing the same so-called “easy” key centre of C Major. The final movement is a tour de force of string quartet virtuosity, one of those movements that leaves musicians and audience gasping for breath!

The second half is devoted to just one work, the A Minor Quartet, Op. 132. Written in 1825 and premièred by the famous Schuppanzigh Quartet in 1826, this substantial work includes the famous “Heiliger Dankgesang” as its extended central movement, a piece which Beethoven had penned after a prolonged period of ill-health.

NZSQ plays Beethoven

Beethoven String Quartet in C Minor, Op. 18 No. 4

Beethoven String Quartet in C Major, Op. 59 No. 3

Beethoven String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 132

IRMT 2020 Conference: NZSQ plays Beethoven - Auckland

The Great Hall, King's College
NZSQ plays Beethoven
Ticket Prices
NZSQ Friends receive a special price of $30 plus booking and transaction fees. Promo code to use is FRIEND2020 (Standard adult ticket price is $50; standard senior with Gold Card is $40; student with ID $20; child 12 and under $10)

The New Zealand String Quartet gratefully acknowledges its sponsors and funders