JOSEPH HAYDN – String Quartet no 63, ‘Sunrise’
ERWIN SCHULHOFF – String Quartet no 1
PETER ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY – String Quartet no 1
Hailed by one critic as ‘the real deal’ for the future of Australian chamber music, this youthful and energetic quartet has established a formidable international reputation since its formation in Brisbane in 2007. Orava is now Quartet-in-Residence with the Camerata of St John’s in Brisbane and regularly collaborates with prominent Australian musicians, including Piers Lane, Slava Grigoryan, Karin Schaupp and William Barton.
The fourth of Haydn’s great opus 76 set of quartets takes its title from its magical opening and features one of the composer’s most haunting adagio movements. The seldom-heard Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff follows, with his first string quartet, composed in 1924. Although brief, it brilliantly conveys Schulhoff’s Czech heritage through a heady mix of experimental styles.
When Tchaikovsky’s first quartet was played to Lev Tolstoy at a concert in his honour, the writer is said to have wept during the melancholic first movement, which is based on a Russian folk song. The immense popularity of this movement has tended to overshadow the rest of this beautifully romantic work.
Photograph: Allan Chawner
DANIEL KOWALIK, Violin
DAVID DALSENO, Violin
THOMAS CHAWNER, Viola
KAROL KOWALIK, Cello