"Benjamin Britten's oeuvre is so vast and profound that one could almost consider him to be the Shakespeare of music. Ever since I had the fortune of being exposed to Benjamin Britten Opera’s, I have had a deep fascination with the composer and I am very excited about sharing the enchantment with our young musicians adn for the audience to join us on what is sure to be a most exciting portrayal of a very special composer." – Nick Deutsch (ANAM Artistic Director)
As with the quartets of Haydn, Beethoven and Shostakovich, Benjamin Britten's essays in this form encompass his life. His String Quartet no.1 in D major was commissioned by an American patron, Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge and was first performed in 1941 in Los Angeles, earning the composer the Coolidge Medal for Eminent Services to Chamber Music. Join ANAM musicians in partnership with the consummate Australian String Quartet (of which two members are ANAM Alumni), as they perform Britten's intimate and deeply personal musical letters - his String Quartets - over two concerts.
Performance to be followed by complimentary light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the musicians.
BRITTEN Phantasy Quartet for oboe & string trio
BRITTEN 3 Divertimenti for string quartet
BRITTEN Movement for wind sextet
BRITTEN String Quartet no. 1 in D major op. 25
Nick Deutsch oboe
Australian String Quartet Musicians
Francesca Hiew violin
Stephen King viola
Patrick Murphy cello
You can also see the Australian String Quartet perform with ANAM musicians in the evening of Saturday 8 September in: Benjamin Britten and the String Quartet 2
Book three or more concerts with an ANAMates Flexi Membership and receive 20% off the single ticket prices.
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Sharon Draper (ASQ) on Britten’s String Quartet No. 1:
"This piece is incredibly atmospheric… the opening is actually very ambiguous and starts with the three upper voices almost up in the stratosphere with a pizzicato cadenza of the cello line underneath it. It's very unusual writing but I think it immediately captivates the audience and creates this atmosphere of being lost. The slow movement has almost the feel of a requiem to it but there's also great cheekiness particularly in the scherzo movement and there's incredible rhythmic drive and force in the last movement. It finally ends in triumph.” – Canberra Times
The Australian String Quartet’s ANAM residency is generously supported by David and Gai Taylor
The position of ANAM Artistic Director (Nick Deutsch) is generously supported by Janet Holmes à Court AC
Image by Jacqui Way