Russian Icons 2015

August 2015

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

Göttinger Tageblatt, Germany

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!

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Russian Icons 2015 - New Zealand

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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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