The Australian Chamber Orchestra Presents 'Schubert’s Quintet'
Eighteenth century Austrian composer Franz Peter Schubert was one of Beethoven’s biggest fans. (On his deathbed Schubert reportedly requested that a quartet perform his favourite piece by the beloved German composer.)
Composed in the final weeks of his young life (Schubert died age 31), his so-called “perfect” String Quintet in C major, D. 956 unearthed previously undetected nuances and textures then relatively unheard of for a quintet.
A star-studded ensemble from the Australian Chamber Orchestra will bring Schubert’s swan song into being this May with an east coast tour led by Artistic Director and Lead Violin Richard Tognetti. The quintet will aim to demonstrate, in its own words “probably the best longform piece of chamber music ever written” – a movement riven with sadness, fear, contemplation and ultimately, joy.
The performance will feature Richard Tognetti (Lead Violin), Helena Rathbone (Principal Violin), Stefanie Farrands (Principal Viola), Elizabeth Woolnough (Viola), Timo Veikko-Valve (Principal Cello) and Melissa Barnard (Cello). Touching down in Wollongong, Canberra, Sydney and over two venues in Melbourne, the program will hero Schubert’s String Quintet in in C major, D. 956 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C minor.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.