Musica Viva Australia - Tokyo String Quartet - Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane - Tickets

Musica Viva Australia - Tokyo String Quartet
Venue Conservatorium Theatre, Griffith University, South Bank, Brisbane
Dates 5 Jun 2013

After more than 40 years the undisputed grand masters of the string quartet now bid a graceful farewell to the concert platform. Their last programs ever for Australia include some of the pieces which cemented their stellar reputation, in performances which will touch all hearts. Playing a famous collection of Stradivarius instruments, the Tokyo String Quartet offers a polished beauty of sound matched by none, and a special insight into music which only comes through years of hard-won experience.
It will be a highly charged, emotional tour for the members of this ensemble. ‘We like to finish our careers by playing the pieces we love most,’ says Kikuei Ikeda; so the music includes Schubert’s last, great quartet and a masterpiece of late Beethoven. A Sculthorpe quartet recalls the immediate and striking response it received from Australian audiences when the Tokyos first played it. And there is Bartók’s ultimate work in this genre – ‘The way he expressed himself through music is universal, that’s why his music has such power,’ adds Kazuhide Isomura.
Do not miss this opportunity to celebrate the final performances of a landmark ensemble of our time.


String Quartet no 16 (2005)
Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by Julian Burnside AO QC
String Quartet no 6, Sz114
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
String Quartet no 14 in C sharp131 minor, op


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