— RNZ on Turning Points Christopher's Classics Series
“Technically and consistently masterful”
The New Zealand String Quartet, who recently celebrated their 32nd season, regularly tour to the UK, Europe and North America where they are renowned for their versatility and passionate communication through music. They are also enthusiastic champions of New Zealand composers and supporters of emerging musicians.
In their new programme, Secrets of Sea and Space, the Quartet, joined by soprano Jenny Wollerman, transport you with Arnold Schoenberg’s String Quartet No. 2. The Schoenberg is handsomely paired with a quartet by one of his most celebrated students, Alban Berg, who furthered his mentor’s twelve-tone technique with Lyric Suite.
The programme concludes with Ross Harris’s ode to the unforgiving oceans, The Abiding Tides. Originally commissioned for Wollerman and the New Zealand String Quartet, the piece uses poems by Vincent O’Sullivan, whose premise, “the sea has no favourites”, concedes to an ocean as vast as it uncompromising. Adventurous spirits will be rewarded by this exquisite programme.