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Flinders Quartet: Beethoven, Nicolas, Brown, Higgins, Strong & Farrell
12 November 2022 @ 14:30 - 15:30$30
Beethoven and the Vignettes
“Beethoven: the standard of greatness against which all composers since have measured themselves. For any quartet player, coming back to Beethoven is always therapeutic, a spiritually nourishing and technically strengthening homecoming and I can’t wait to get immersed in this program. It encompasses a wide range of Beethoven’s output from one of his virtuosic Op. 18 set of six early quartets to the iconic and fearsome Grosse Fugue from his Late Period. Originally written as the last movement of his Op. 130 quartet, it took on a life of its own when Beethoven wrote an alternate last movement for 130 and more importantly, because of its scale, drama, complexity and unrelenting, uncompromising intensity - and it’s just as intense for the audience as it is for the performers. What’s really special about this program, though, is the opportunity we’ve given to five young composers to explore the Grosse Fugue and respond to it in their own way with tiny miniatures, the exact opposite of the colossus before them. I’m intrigued to see what they come up with!” (Wilma Smith)