Christine RAPHAEL FOUNDATION BERLIN

The Raphael Foundation has invited Acacia Quartet to perform and record Raphael's string quartets Nos. 1, 2 & 6 in May 2017 in Berlin.

THURSDAY 04 MAY 2017 - 7:30PM

Universität der Künste Berlin - Joseph-Joachim-Saal, Bundesallee 1-12, Berlin, Germany

When Franz Schubert was between fifteen and eighteen years of age, he wrote some ten string quartets for his own use. One of them is the String Quartet No. 10 in E flat Major, Op. 125/1 D87. The quartet consisted of Franz on viola, his two older brothers Ignaz and Ferdinand on violins and their father on cello. A very early masterwork...

Günter Raphael’s String Quartet No. 2 in C Major, Op. 9, composed in 1925, is an example of his early composition style. This early composition style, bound in part to tradition, made the music world listen because of his very personal thematic writing combined with a versatile developmental artistry.

The second quartet of Günter Raphael in this concert is his last one, String Quartet No. 6 in F Major, Op. 54 demonstrates an approach to the 12-tone music, which Raphael significantly describes as 'tonal 12-tone'.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's String Quartet No. 15 in d Minor, K421 is the second of the quartets dedicated to Haydn and the only one of the set in a minor key. Though undated in the autograph, it is believed to have been completed in 1783, while Constanze Mozart was in labour. Constanze stated that the rising string figures in the second movement corresponded to her cries from the other room.

FRIDAY 12 MAY 2017 - 7:30PM

Pauluskirche Zehlendorf - Paulus Saal, Teltower Damm 4-8, Berlin, Germany

Be transported to Vienna at the dawn of the 19th century, as Acacia Quartet pay homage to one of classical music’s most influential patrons.

Prince Joseph Lobkowitz played a pivotal role in the creation of two of the finest works in the string quartet canon: Joseph Haydn’s String Quartet No. 1 in G Major, Op. 77 'Lobkowitz', Haydn’s swan song in the genre that he invented, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 10 in E flat Major Op. 74 'Harp', written in a state of relaxed mastery thanks to the financial support of his patron.

In between those two masterpieces Acacia will present Günter Raphael’s String Quartet No. 1 in e Minor, Op. 5, composed in 1924, an example of his early composition style. This early composition style, bound in part to tradition, made the music world listen because of his very personal thematic writing combined with a versatile developmental artistry.


ACACIA PRESENTS - ROSAMUNDE

Joseph Haydn - String Quartet Op.77/1, Günter Raphael - String Quartet No. 2 —  Franz Schubert - String Quartet No. 13 Op. 29 D804 'Rosamunde'

SUNDAY 18 JUNE 2017 - 3PM

Sydney Opera House - Utzon Room, Sydney NSW, Australia

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reviews

 

'The stars of the four concerts I attended, and probably of the entire festival, were the four members of the Acacia String Quartet...' - Limelight Magazine, 2017 - read more here

'There are string quartets that engage audiences by their sheer will and force of playing. This is not the Acacia Quartet. They approach the music with humility and theirs is an invitation to the listener to engage. This is a great quality in a quartet. Long may it reign.' - ClassikON, 2016 - read more here

'There was never a ‘wallflower’ in these pieces, rather, each instrument had its chance to shine, taking up the narrative at different points.' - SoundsLikeSydney, 2016 - read more here

'The excited reception ... from the audience was proof of Acacia Quartet’s effective gifting on this night to us of delicate narratives, intensities, colours and shapes found in compositions for the string quartet from last century to now.' - Sydney Arts Guide, 2016 - read more here  

'Their instincts were good. The lush and complex string textures are still there when the music needs it, but the individual gestures shine out.' - A Cunning Blog, 2016 - read more here