Dangerous Liaisons explored on tour

20 April 2017 / News

This year’s NZSQ national tour in August/September promises a passionate rollercoaster ride as it explores themes of forbidden love in two different programmes, with works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Bartók, Janáček, Schumann and Jack Body.

Violist Gillian Ansell says:

We're excited to bring these superb programmes to our audiences around New Zealand. Love, either unrequited or tragic, is the theme in each piece - Mendelssohn with his first teenage infatuation, Beethoven in the tomb scene from Romeo and Juliet, Bartók in his thwarted adoration of violinist Stefi Geyer (the muse for his 1st violin concerto). Music filled with the joys and pains of ardour.

One of the most passionate expressions of unrequited love is Janacek’s Quartet no 2, which he titled Intimate Letters. The work was inspired by the hundreds of letters he exchanged with a married woman 38 years his junior and the painful knowledge that they could never be more than friends.

Schumann’s love for the pianist Clara Wieck was for many years forbidden by her father. Eventually, after Friedrich Wieck’s legal attempts to oppose the match had finally failed, they married in 1840, but two years later, Clara’s father spread an unfounded and malicious rumour that the Schumanns had separated. It was against this turbulent backdrop that Schumann wrote his Quartet no 3 in A.

Jack Body’s Saetas was inspired by the fire and passion of Spanish flamenco songs. Saeta in Spanish means ‘arrow’ or ‘dart’. In this work, audiences will have the rare opportunity to hear Rolf play piano accordion, a talent he seldom reveals!

Monique sums up the Dangerous Liaisons tour repertoire, saying:

This programme presents the relentless forces of love, passion, drama and heartache. Prepare for a musical rollercoaster, hold on to your hats and your hearts...

Bookings open next month, but until then, we hope you’ll hold the date for a concert near you:

 (NB: the Christchurch concert is presented by Christopher's Classics; the Upper Hutt concert is presented by Classical Expressions)

15 August

Queenstown

Hills Lodge

17 August

Christchurch

The Piano

18 August

Timaru

Craighead Auditorium

19 August

Dunedin

Hanover Hall

23 August

Kerikeri

The Turner Centre

25 August

Devonport

Holy Trinity Church

26 August

Auckland

Auckland Art Gallery

27 August

Hawkes Bay

Church Road Winery

7 September

Wellington

St Mary of the Angels

8 September

Wairarapa

Carterton Events Centre

10 September

Wellington

Hunter Council Chamber

11 September

Upper Hutt

Expressions

16 September

Nelson

The Suter Gallery

17 September

Blenheim

Cloudy Bay Vineyard

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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