JOSEPH HAYDN – String Quartet Op.76 No.5
ROBERT SCHUMANN – String Quartet Op.41 No.1
MAURICE RAVEL – String Quartet in F
SEBASTIAN CASLEANU, Violin
TEOFIL TODICA, Violin
MARTHA WINDHAGAUER, Viola
BAS JONGEN, Cello
Considered one of the most promising and exciting young quartets of their generation, the Giocoso String Quartet has been the recipient of important chamber music prizes, including the Musica Viva Australia Prize at the 2015 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. All four members are prizewinning musicians, admired both as soloists and chamber music players.
Haydn’s last complete set of string quartets, Op. 76 are among his most ambitious chamber works. No. 5 is famous for its beautiful Largo movement and the other three movements can be understood as being composed around it. 1842 was Schumann’s year of chamber music when he wrote the three quartets of Op.41.No.1 , while formally displaying his studies of Haydn and Beethoven, also expresses his very individual musical poetry. Ravel’s sole string quartet, modelled on Debussy’s earlier work, contains a suave and intimate lyricism that has made it one of the most popular works in the chamber music repertory.
Photograph: Keith Saunders