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17 August 2018 / News
Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet is, without a doubt, one of the most popular chamber music works of all time – a favourite with performers and audiences alike – but because of its rather unusual instrumentation (piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass) it’s not performed as often as one might expect. We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to tour this work for Chamber Music New Zealand with two musicians we admire enormously: well-known pianist Piers Lane and former NZSO Principal Double Bass Hiroshi Ikematsu.
As a partner piece for the Trout, and staying with the theme of fishing, CMNZ has commissioned our good friend Ross Harris to write a work for the same instrumentation. Orowaru – the rippling sound of water – was inspired bywhat Ross describes as ‘the complex harmonic beauty’ of the trout fishing rivers near Turangi.
The concert will also see us perform Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo Concertante with Piers, and Rolf will play Rossini’s Duo in D for cello and double bass with Hiroshi.
Since the works on this programme call for just one violin, Helene is generously stepping aside for Monique to play on this tour, but somehow we don’t think she’ll be putting her feet up in October! She already has a couple of concerts arranged with NZSM colleague and pianist Jian Liu – watch this space…
In preparation for the Trout tour, we thought you might like to see this wonderful documentary we found on You Tube, featuring a quintet of legendary artists: Daniel Barenboim, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zucherman, Jacqueline Du Pré, and Zubin Mehta.
17 December 2018 / NewsWe're delighted to announced the appointment of our new General Manager, Sarah Chesney. Sarah will start this month part-time and take up the role full-time at the beginning of 2019. She replaces Christine Argyle who has been enticed to return to her first musical love as CEO of the New... Read More
17 December 2018 / NewsOur 4-week US/Europe/UK tour has just ended with two all-Beethoven concerts in the UK: one in Luton, and the other in London at the historic Conway Hall. Read More
15 October 2018 / NewsThe Guarneri family, including five very famous violin-makers within three generations, is the most distinguished family of luthiers in history. Andrea Guarneri, who studied in Cremona with Nicolò Amati (the maker of Gillian’s viola), was the father of Giuseppe and Pietro, and the grandfather of two more makers - confusingly,... Read More