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Russian Icons - Masterworks by Russian composers

Russian Icons - Masterworks by Russian composers

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  • Sun 23 Aug ’15, 3:00pm – 5:00pm


Old St John's, 320 Hardy Street, Nelson


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $40.00
  • Friends of NZSQ, NZSO & CMNZ Subscribers: $35.00
  • Senior concession: $35.00
  • Tertiary Students: $15.00
  • School Children: $5.00



Immerse yourself in a superb programme featuring some of the great works of the Russian canon.
From the lush Romantic repertoire we’ll bring you Rachmaninov’s Two Movements for String Quartet, written when he was just a teenager, and the Quartet no 1 by his idol Tchaikovsky, containing the famous Andante cantabile that moved Tolstoy to tears when he first heard it. In stark contrast, Shostakovich’s powerful 3rd String Quartet will take you on an emotional journey through the psychological minefield the composer was forced to navigate in the war-torn Soviet Union of the 1940s. Whether you’re a confirmed ‘Russophile’, a chamber music devotee or a complete newcomer to our concerts, we’re confident you’ll be moved, one way or another, by these Russian masterpieces.

Programme One:
Rachmaninov: Two Movements for String Quartet
Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 3 in F, op 73
Tchaikovsky: String Quartet no. 1 in D, op 11

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