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22 November 2016 / News
We’re enormously grateful to everyone who has generously donated to our Brahms recording series. The support has been incredible and means so much to us, not just in covering our costs, but in the knowledge that so many people are right behind this project.
Online donations on our Givealittle page have reached $4,500 and we’ve had an amazing $7,000 in the post or deposited directly into our account, making a grand total of $11,500. That’s just $2,500 short of our goal of $14,000 to fully cover CD 2.
We've now completed recording sessions in Toronto for our third and last Brahms CD for Naxos featuring the two Viola Quintets with Maria Lambros. Maria was inspiring in every way: experienced, thoughtful, expressive and communicative, with a loving approach to the music and our mutual relationship.
We feel extremely fortunate as well that our Naxos producer and engineer for almost a decade, renowned Canadian guitarist Norbert Kraft, is as good as it gets! He is both insightful and meticulous, but also musically intelligent and intuitive.
Years of planning and preparation have gone into this Brahms series and with each recording we took great care to perform the works as often as we could, so as to allow a confident, natural and meaningful interpretation to evolve. Ahead of this most recent recording, we performed the Viola Quintets around New Zealand with James Dunham on the Quintessence tour for CMNZ, as well as playing them in the US with Maria in July and again in November.
As we embarked on our four-day recording session last week in Toronto – which we liken to our own ‘musical Olympics’ - our energy, concentration and excitement were palpable.
We owe a great debt of gratitude to all those who have so generously supported this distinguished project of great masterpieces. If you haven’t yet donated but would still like to, please visit our Givealittle page or contact the NZSQ office directly.
22 November 2016 / 10 QuestionsAfter living in Melbourne for 30 years, Anthony Grigg returned to New Zealand earlier this year to settle in Wellington and has recently joined the NZ String Quartet family as a volunteer. Anthony has had a long career in tertiary education and also a lifetime’s interest and involvement in the... Read More
22 November 2016 / NewsThe biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival is not far off now, bringing with it a feast of chamber music spread over ten glorious days in the delightful surrounds of sunny Nelson. The New Zealand String Quartet plays a major part in this festival both as performers and through the artistic... Read More
22 November 2016 / NewsWith 2016 almost behind us, we’re looking forward to a busy year in 2017, including national tours for Chamber Music New Zealand and the Royal New Zealand Ballet, in addition to our own NZSQ national tour. Read More