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“Takács Quartet plays with a unique blend of drama, warmth and humor, combining four distinct musical personalities to bring fresh insights to the string quartet repertoire.”
Without doubt one of the greatest string quartets in the world, we welcome the return of the Takács Quartet. Widely considered chamber music royalty, the Quartet’s repertoire spans three centuries of masterpieces, as well as more contemporary compositions, all delivered with delicate artistry and technical excellence.
An undeniable season highlight, the Takács Quartet bring together music from the Old and New Worlds for their tour: Haydn’s mature and lyrical Quartet No. 64 sits alongside Anton Webern’s gloriously Romantic Langsamer Satz, Dvořák’s last quartet, and Anthony Ritchie’s evocation of the New Zealand landscape, Whakatipua.
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Haydn | String Quartet No. 64 in D Major, op. 76, no. 5, Hob. III:79
Anthony Ritchie | Whakatipua, op. 71
Webern | Langsamer Satz
Dvořák | String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat Major, op. 105, B. 193
Approximate Duration: 100 minutes
Wellington, 6:45pm - Renouf Foyer
Pre concert talk delivered by Rolf Gjelsten
Rolf Gjelsten began cello in his native city Victoria, Canada, with James Hunter and Janos Starker at the age of 15. At 21 he became the youngest member of the Berlin Symphony Orchestra. Rolf returned to North America to study with Zara Nelsova which led to further study with the members of the La Salle, Hungarian, Vermeer, Cleveland and Emerson string quartets. As a member of the Laurentian Quartet for almost a decade he toured internationally, made five CDs and taught cello at Sarah Lawrence College in New York. He was also a member of the New York Piano Trio. Rolf furthered his studies in 1990 with the great Casals protégé Bernhard Greenhouse at Rutgers University from where he received his doctoral degree in cello. Rolf joined the New Zealand String Quartet in May 1994 and became a New Zealand citizen in 1997.
Pre concert talk delivered by Peter Watts
Peter studied at Hull, Cambridge and the University of Auckland and has a special interest in English music of the late Renaissance. In 2010 Peter returned to full-time university teaching after a break of 25 years, most of which he spent as a free-lance musician, specialising in conducting and accompanying work, along with numerous performances in schools and the wider community. His passion for making music an essential part of life rather than as an added extra informs his teaching and other musical activities. In 2005 Peter was awarded a MNZM for services to choral music in New Zealand.