Chamber Music Spectacular features two of the most iconic and monumental chamber music works ever written, Mozart’s Gran Partita for 13 Winds and the String Octet by Romanian composer and violinist George Enescu.

On first hearing Mozart’s piece de resistance, rival composer Salieri commented, ‘Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing. It seemed to me that I was hearing the voice of God.’

Enescu’s String Octet is 'a vast work of epic proportions and grand designs that deploys the luxuriant octet ensemble in a consistently layered polyphony of true chamber textures... a truly technicolor fantasia of late Romantic character’ (Kai Christiansen).

Chamber music on this scale is a rarity and a treasure for all those who experience it.

Mozart Serenade in B-Flat Major, K. 361/370a Gran Partita
Enescu String Octet in C major, Op. 7

There is a pre-show artist talk in the Renouf Foyer with musicologist Dr.Hamish Robb.


Kei konei te taumata tiketike o ngā puoro ōkawa o āianei rangi, i konei i Aotearoa Nui Tireni. E mea ana te korero, koinei te whakaaturanga puoro puipuiaki o ngā whakaaturanga puoro katoa o tēnei taurima. Ko Chamber Music Spectacular te ingoa.


Chamber Music Series

Artistic Directors of the Adam Chamber Music Festival and members of the New Zealand String Quartet, Helene Pohl (MNZM) and Gillian Ansell (MNZM), have carefully crafted a series of out-of-the-ordinary chamber experiences specially for our Festival, reflecting on our connection to histories, land and spiritual realms. Each concert is a small but perfectly formed moment in time. Together, they traverse the delicate to monumental across the chamber music realm.

He rārangi puoro ōkawa tēnei e kī katoa ana ki ngā toki whakatangi puoroōkawa. He whakaaturanga kounga rawa atu tēnei nā Adam Chamber Music Festival i hanga, i whakahaere, ā i tēnei tau nei, e haere mai ana ngā toki o tēnei whakaaturanga ki konei, ki Aotearoa New Zealand Festival of the Arts. Ko te tāhūhū kaupapa o ngā whakaaturanga katoa nei, ko tō tatou hononga tāngaengae ki te whenua, ki ōna hītoria, otirā ki tōna wairua.


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Early Bird $73
B-Reserve $59

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Duration: 1 hr 55 mins includes interval

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