Evening of Brahms, Mozart


The New Zealand String Quartet and Grammynominated American violist James Dunham immerse themselves in Brahms and Mozart during in a special concert in Dunedin in September as part of a seven-centre New Zealand tour.
QuintEssence will be performed at Dunedin’s Glenroy Auditorium on Sunday, September 25, at 5pm.
This tour is the first time the New Zealand String Quartet has performed with James Dunham.
NZSQ violinist Helene Pohl was taught by members of the Cleveland Quartet, of which Dunham later became a member.
‘‘I can’t wait to share the stage with this wonderful musician and gracious human being, who shared the stage with some of my most influential mentors,’’ Pohl said.
Mozart and Brahms are recognised as two of the best known classical music composers, and both wrote music for double-viola quintets. When Mozart wrote his first quintet, he created a new sound world that he continued to explore for the rest of his life and his later quintets are considered to be at the pinnacle of the chamber music repertoire. A century later, Brahms was inspired to write two of his most eloquent chamber works for the same combination.
The Dunedin concert will feature Mozart’s String Quintet No. 4 in G minor paired with Brahms’ String Quintet No. 2 in G, and also includes a newly commissioned work by young New Zealand composer Salina Fisher, Torino — echoes on putorino improvisations by Rob Thorne.
The putorino is a taonga puoro (traditional Maori) instrument, and is a flute which also functions as a trumpet and can be sung into.