Russian Icons 2015

Russian Icons - Masterworks from the great Russian composers

22 August – 20 September 2015

Immerse yourself in a glorious programme featuring the greats of the Russian canon. From the lush Romantic repertoire we’ll bring you Borodin’s Quartetno 2, a declaration of love to his wife, and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet no 1, said to have moved the great Tolstoy to tears. Shorter pieces by Rachmaninov and Stravinsky will add colour to the mix while quartets by Shostakovich will reflect the harsh influence of the Soviet regime. Although Nikolai Kapustin is virtually unknown in this part of the world, we’re sure you’ll enjoy his jazz-influenced style of post-Cold War composition.

Whether you’re a confirmed ‘Russophile’, a chamber music devotee or a complete newcomer to our concerts, we know you’ll love our Russian Icons series.  We like our concerts to be two-way experiences so this year we’re inviting audience members in selected centres to spin the wheel to choose a movement to be played in the second half of the concert. Kind of ‘Russian roulette’, except everyone wins!

Read more “Top class” response to Russian Icons concerts.

“…sublime playing … expressive, creative power and unrestrained life energy…”

Göttinger Tageblatt, Germany

TOUR DATES AND VENUES

DATE LOCATION VENUE TIME PROGRAMME
Sat 22 Aug Blenheim - Russian Icons Cloudy Bay Vineyard, Jacksons Rd 5:00pm Programme Three
FINISHED
Sun 23 Aug Nelson - Russian Icons Old St John's, 320 Hardie Street 3:00pm Programme One
FINISHED
Wed 26 Aug Wanganui - Russian Icons Wanganui War Memorial Centre, Watt Street 6:00pm Programme Four
FINISHED
Sat 29 Aug Napier - Russian Icons Tom McDonald Cellar, Church Road Winery 7:30pm Programme Two
FINISHED
Sun 30 Aug Featherston - Russian Icons House Concert, 103 Fitzherbert Street 3:00pm Programme Three
FINISHED
Thu 3 Sep Kerikeri - Russian Icons Turner Centre, 43 Cobham Road 7:30pm Programme Two
FINISHED
Sat 5 Sep Devonport - Russian Icons Holy Trinity Church, 20 Church Street 5:00pm Programme One
FINISHED
Sun 6 Sep Auckland - Russian Icons Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road 5:00pm Programme Two
FINISHED
Fri 11 Sep Porirua - Russian Icons Pataka Museum, 17 Parumoana Street 7:30pm Programme Four
FINISHED
Tue 15 Sep Christopher’s Classics - Christchurch St Michael and All Angels 8:00pm Christopher’s Classics
FINISHED
Wed 16 Sep Geraldine - Russian Icons Lodge Theatre, Cnr Talbot & Hislop Streets 7:30pm Programme Three
FINISHED
Fri 18 Sep Wellington 1 - Russian Icons St Andrews on the Terrace 7:30pm Programme One
FINISHED
Sun 20 Sep Wellington 2 - Russian Icons Hunter Council Chamber, Victoria University 3:00pm Programme Two
FINISHED

PROGRAMMES

Programme One

Rachmaninov: Two Movements for String Quartet                                               

Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 3 in F, op 73                                        

INTERVAL                                                                                                                                                              

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no. 1 in D, op 11

Programme Two

Kapustin: "Fuga" from Quartet no. 1                                                                               

Stravinsky: Three Pieces                                                                                                                           

Shostakovich: String Quartet no.4 in D                                                       

INTERVAL                                                                                                                                                              

Borodin: String Quartet no 2

Programme Three

Rachmaninov: Two Movements for String Quartet                                               

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no. 1 in D, op 11                                          

INTERVAL                                                                                                                                                              

‘Russian Roulette’ – selected movements by Borodin, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Kapustin

Programme Four

Rachmaninov: Two Movements for String Quartet                                               

Borodin: String Quartet no 2                                                                                                

INTERVAL                                                                                                                                                              

‘Russian Roulette’ – selected movements by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Kapustin

Christopher’s Classics

Lilburn: ‘Phantasy’ Quartet

Rachmaninov: Romance for String Quartet

Shostakovich: String Quartet no 3 in F

Tchaikovsky: Quartet no 1 in D

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