Australian String Quartet UTOPIAS

19 May 2023
Conservatorium Theatre, QCGU
1 hour 40 minutes
(including interval, subject to change without notice)

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Concession, Student, Youth

Vanishing visions of the idyll – a Utopian world of natural splendour, both aquatic and pastoral – are conjured by an intricate and highly original string soundscape from Thomas Adès, titled Arcadiana. Following this is Mozart’s String Quartet in D minor – intensely personal in its expression, moments of intimately sublime sorrow give way to bursts of playful radiance, in only the way Mozart can achieve. 

Finishing this concert is a work which provides an outward lens to the internal world of a composer balancing a delicate and dangerous relationship with political powers. Dedicated to his third wife Irena, Dimitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No.9 is defined by its introspective whisperings, caressing melodies, and dramatic edge-of-your-seat rhythmic bite. 

Presented by Australian String Quartet

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