August 2018

Turning Points 2018

This year’s national tour in August/September will see us perform four carefully curated programmes of groundbreaking works which each, in their own way, have affected the future of string quartet composition.  

Included in our Turning Points touring repertoire is Mozart’s String Quartet in C, K465, which acquired the nickname “Dissonance” several years after his death, undoubtedly due to the extraordinary harmonic boldness of the first movement’s slow introduction. Despite its title, this quartet is one of Mozart’s most brilliant and high-spirited works.

Beethoven was renowned as a trailblazer so it’s not surprising that each of our three tour programmes includes one of his most innovative quartets: the first of the Razumovsky quartets (op 59/1); his quartet in F minor, op 95 (nicknamed “Serioso”); and the extraordinary opus 131 quartet in C# minor, which Robert Schumann felt stood “...on the extreme boundary of all that has hitherto been attained by human art and imagination."

Quartets from the 19th and 20th centuries are also to the fore, including Smetana’s semi-autobiographical “From My Life”, Debussy’s colouristic Quartet in G minor, Webern’s delicious Langsamer Satz and quirky Bagatelles, and the extraordinary Abhisheka by New Zealand’s own John Psathas.

“We’re looking forward to sharing with you the genius and vision of these works as well as elucidating the qualities which make each work so remarkable. Features will include Debussy's colouristic Quartet in G minor, Beethoven’s most loved Opus 131 and two short works by Webern, the early ‘Langsamer Satz’, infused with Romantic ardour, and the playful '6 Bagatelles’, distilled into a few minutes of magic!”

Rolf Gjelsten, NZSQ cellist


Fri 17 Aug Featherston ANZAC Hall 7:30pm Programme 1
Sat 18 Aug Palmerston North Caccia Birch House 7:30pm Programme 3
Sun 19 Aug Blenheim Cloudy Bay Vineyards 1:00pm Programme 1
Sun 19 Aug Blenheim Cloudy Bay Vineyards 5:00pm Programme 2
Tue 21 Aug Queenstown Lodge at The Hills 7:30pm Programme 2
Wed 22 Aug Invercargill Victoria Room, Civic Theatre 7:30pm Programme 3
Thu 23 Aug Christchurch The Piano 7:30pm Programme 4
Sat 25 Aug Wellington Hunter Council Chamber 7:30pm Programme 2
Sun 26 Aug Wellington St Andrew's on The Terrace 3:00pm Programme 3
Wed 29 Aug Rotorua Blue Baths 7:30pm Programme 3
Thu 30 Aug Howick All Saints Anglican Church Howick 7:00pm Programme 1
Fri 31 Aug Auckland St Matthew-in-the-City 7:30pm Programme 2
Sat 1 Sep Waiheke Island Cable Bay Vineyards 6:00pm Programme 1


Programme 1

Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 (“Dissonance”)

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95*

Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10 

*NOTE: Howick does not include Beethoven


Programme 2

Psathas: Abhisheka

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 14 in C♯ minor, Op. 131

Smetana: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor (“From My Life”)

Programme 3

Mozart: String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K. 465 (“Dissonance”)

Webern: Langsamer Satz

Webern: Six Bagatelles, Op.9

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 7 in F major, Op. 59, No. 1

Programme 4

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor, Op. 95

Bartok: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor

Webern: Six Bagatelles, Op.9

Mozart: String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K 515

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