ARTISTS: Maureen Nelson (violin), John Marcus (violin), Stephanie Fong* (viola) , Richard Belcher (cello), Michael Endres (piano)
*Stephanie is standing in for Melissa Reardon (pictured above) on viola during this tour.
One of the United States’ most accomplished and exciting young ensembles joins outstanding German pianist Michael Endres for our final tour of the 2012 season.
With a 2010 Grammy nomination for “Best Chamber Music Performance” for their recording of Ginastera Quartets, the Enso String Quartet has quickly made their mark on the international chamber music scene. Their cellist is Christchurch-born Richard Belcher.
Michael Endres joins the ensemble for Shostakovich and Dvořák Quintets. Recently appointed Head of Piano Studies at the University of Canterbury, Michael is a pianist of international standing with an extensive and prizewinning discography.
Both programmes feature a specially commissioned new work for the quartet by one of our most distinguished composers Dame Gillian Whitehead. No stars, not even clouds... was written in memory of Gillian’s friend, the writer and oral historian Juanita Ketchel. It draws on traditional quartet forms, she says, as well as “the Otago accent of the korimako, or bellbirds, that seem to sing vociferously every time I sit down to write.”
The fast and furious characterises Argentinian composer Ginastera’s Second String Quartet,which is paired with Boccherini’s delicate Quartet in G minor in the first programme. This is followed by Dvořák’s Piano Quintet, infused with warmth, lyricism, and the flavours of Eastern Europe.
Haydn’s sense of fun prevails in his Quartet in C in the second programme. This is complemented by Shostakovich’s Quintet, described by a Moscow newspaper criticas “a portrait of our age... the rich-toned, perfect voice of the present”.
Enso String Quartet will also be running a very special mixed-ability lunchtime performance in Wellington with students from Kimi Ora school. Find out more about the Music with Enso mixed-ability performance on Wedensday 24 October.
One concert into their 10 centre tour CMNZ sat down for a chat with a couple of the musicians...
Watch Enso String Quartet playing Beethoven below (note: this specific work will not be performed in the New Zealand tour)
|23 October 12||Programme Two||7.30pm||Aurora Centre for Performing Arts||Christchurch|
|25 October 12||Programme One||7.30pm, free pre-concert talk 6:30pm||Wellington
|26 October 12||Programme Two||7.30pm||Theatre Royal
|28 October 12||Programme One||5pm||Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts||Hamilton|
|29 October 12||Programme Two||8pm, free pre-concert talk 7pm||Auckland Town Hall||Auckland|
|31 October 12||Programme One||8pm, free pre-concert talk 7pm||Municipal Theatre||Napier|
|1 November 12||Programme Two||7.30pm, free pre-concert talk 6:45pm||The Speirs Centre||Palmerston North|
|3 November 12||Programme One||7.30pm||Nelson
School of Music
|5 November 12||Programme One||7.30pm||Regent Theatre||Dunedin|
|7 November 12||Programme Two||7.30pm||Civic Theatre||Invercargill|
It’s a great initiative by CMNZ to commission works from our composers for visiting international groupsRead full reviewElizabeth Kerr, Radio NZ Concert - 26 Oct 2012
ENSO immediately impressed with exquisitely balanced and weighted phrases, where the clarity of voices was definedRead full reviewAndrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times - 28 Oct 2012
played with refined eleganceRead full reviewGarth Wilshere, Capital Times - 29 Oct 2012
at their best, these players are marvellously impressiveRead full reviewJohn Button, Dominion Post - 29 Oct 2012
The very soul of a composer had been captured, to perfection.Read full reviewWilliam Dart, The New Zealand Herald - 31 Oct 2012
The ensemble was tightly knit, the slow movement deeply expressive and the raw energy of the coda of the fourth movement brought the performance to a stunning conclusion.Read full reviewPeter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today - 02 Nov 2012
a performance that could only be described as exquisite.Read full reviewStephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard - 02 Nov 2012
a memorable finale to another wonderful year of chamber music concerts.Read full reviewTim Jones, The Tribune - 07 Nov 2012