In this video: Acclaimed Melbourne string quartet Quartz unites violinists Kathryn Taylor and Philippa West, violist Merewyn Bramble and cellist Zoe Wallace in refreshing concerts of classical and contemporary repertoire. Frequently collaborating with sought-after artists such as pianist Caroline Almonte and soprano Sally-Anne Russell, Quartz’s vibrant, innovative and unique programs are a confluence of Australian musical talent and world-class technique.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘Razumovsky’ String Quartets are highly regarded, and with good reason: the second of these works is complex and thrilling, nothing short of a masterpiece. Quartz pairs this pinnacle of the string quartet repertoire with Hugo Wolf’s gorgeous Italian Serenade. Its lilting themes are delightfully crafted for string quartet, offering a beautiful prelude to Beethoven’s passionate quartet. These rich and engaging works truly showcase Quartz’s polished precision.
Hugo Wolf 00:00:15
Ludwig van Beethoven 00:07:04
String Quartet No.8 in E minor, Op.59 No.2
This concert was recorded live in the Primrose Potter Salon at Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday 10 March 2020.