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Canberra Strings: Beyond the Quartet

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High Court of Australia

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Canberra Strings presents a concert of nineteenth century music for String Octet, beginning with Spohr’s rarely heard Double Quartet No 1. Written in 1823, the Double Quartet includes some of Spohr’s most inventive writing, featuring the textural variety that two string quartets playing together offers. It is thought that this work’s innovative compositional style may have inspired the young Mendelssohn in his composition of his famous octet.

Written when Mendelssohn was just 16, the String Octet has become one of the most beloved works of the chamber music repertoire. While Spohr’s work is specifically for two separate quartets which play together, Mendelssohn’s is a work in which each of the eight players contributes independently to the whole. With its soaring, lyrical melodic lines and intricate passage-work, the work envelops listeners in the complexity of its textures and the exuberant joy of Mendelssohn’s youthful style.

Canberra Strings are a group of eight Canberra professional string players who perform together with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. Featuring CSO’s concertmaster Barbara Jane Gilby as first violinist, the group also includes CSO principal second violin Doreen Cumming, Pip Thompson and Isobel Ferrier on violins, Jack Chenoweth and Lucy Carrigy Ryan on viola, and Matisha Panagoda and Michael Ryan on cello.

The group has performed as part of Hotel Hotel’s Strings in the Salon series, and also as part of the Tuggeranong Arts Centre’s Twilight series.

Duration 75 minutes.

Photograph courtesy of Peter Hislop.

Admission to this concert is by registration only. Registration opens 29 June 2018.

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