The New Zealand String Quartet has an international reputation for its dynamic style, eloquent communication and insightful interpretations. The current members have played together for 18 years and now present over 80 concerts each year. They will perform an arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, illuminating with string colour the sweep of his compositional genius - from light song to learned counterpoint; from staid polyphony to dazzling instrumental virtuosity.
- J S Bach - Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 arr. Cowdery
Category Five takes its name from the meteorological scale for hurricanes of exceptional wind strength. Together these musicians explore the engaging blend of reed sounds - the oboe, clarinet and saxophone in the upper registers being supported by the bassoon and bass clarinet. Peter Dykes is a member of NZSO; Moira Hurst is a principal with Wellington Vector Orchestra; Tui Clark has played with both orchestras; Simon Brew plays with NZSO and Saxcess; and Penny Miles plays with Wellington Vector Orchestra and NZSO.
- Byrd Fantasia á 5 on “The Leaves bee Greene”
- Rameau La Poule - from Nouvelles Pièces de Clavecin
- J S Bach Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring - Cantata BWV 147
- Mozart Octet for 5 - Serenade in C minor, K 388
- Tchaikovsky Overture from Nutcracker Suite, Op 71a
- Ibert 5 pièces en trio - clarinet, oboe and bassoon
- Debussy Children’s Corner Suite, L 113
Lazarus String Quartet was formed in 2009 by these graduates of the University of Canterbury. A scholarship in 2011 enabled them to appear at St Martin-in-the-Fields, in St James Piccadilly and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Amongst master classes, highlights have been those with András Schiff, Pinchas Zuckermann, Gautier Capuçon, Vadim Gluzman, David Takeno, and the Kopelman, Vermeer, Chilingirian, Kuss, Auryn and Doric string quartets. Following this tour of NZ they will return to study as a quartet in Berlin and Hanover.
- Haydn - String Quartet in C major, Op 20/2
- Berg - String Quartet, Op 3
- Schubert - String Quartet in A minor, D 804 Rosamunde