Selby & Friends Perform Classic Piano Quartets

Pianist and artistic director of Selby & Friends, Kathryn Selby
Pianist and artistic director of Selby & Friends, Kathryn Selby

Selby & Friends present Quattro, a programme of three classic piano quartets in its final concert tour of the 2017 season.

For this series, pianist and artistic director Kathryn Selby AM is joined by Trio Ex Patria, the brilliant string trio of Sydney Symphony Orchestra principals – concertmaster Andrew Haveron, co-principal violist Tobias Breider and co-principal cellist Umberto Clerici.

Performing music by Turina, WA Mozart and Dvorak, the programme offers generous, lush melodies rising from nationalistic roots. Turina’s Piano Quartet in A minor is infused with the lively rhythmic vernacular of the folk music of Spain; Mozart’s G minor Piano Quartet is the first major work composed in the Viennese classical tradition for this 4 instrument ensemble and is regarded as the origin of the great piano quartet repertoire; Dvořák’s Piano Quartet No. 2, Op. 87 with its dance-like figures is reminiscent of the composer’s Bohemian homeland.

These iconic piano quartets are fine examples of the richer sound which the addition of a viola part lends to the traditional piano trio format. An important step in the development of chamber music, the piano quartet was often the choice of composers who were striving for a richer, more orchestral sound.

The programme: Joaquín Turina Piano Quartet in A minor, Op. 67 / Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478/ Antonín Dvořák Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-flat major, Op. 87

Trio Ex Patria: Andrew Haveron – Violin / Tobias Breider – Viola/ Umberto Clerici – Cello / Kathryn Selby- Piano

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