Help the New Zealand String Quartet get its new CD recording over the line
Much-loved by audiences at home and around the world, the members of the New Zealand String Quartet are acclaimed for their powerful communication, dramatic energy and beauty of sound.
The NZSQ is honoured to have been engaged by Naxos International to record the complete works for string quartet and quintet by Brahms.
The first CD in the Brahms series was released in July this year to rave reviews from the US-based Classics Today (10/10 for performance), the New Zealand Herald (5/5) and Otago Daily Times ("Treat for chamber music fans").
The New Zealand String Quartet Trust is now raising money for the second disc in the 3-CD project, featuring the String Quartet no 3 and the Clarinet Quintet with internationally acclaimed clarinettist James Campbell.
The tracks were laid down in Toronto last year but we still have to find $14,000 in production costs to turn the CD into a reality. We receive no recording fee or royalties for this CD to offset the costs involved.
This 2nd Brahms CD is the last recording made by the NZSQ with the Quartet's 2nd violinist of 26 years, Douglas Beilman. Between the four players, they've put 20 years of study and performance into these pieces and we're burning to share their interpretations of these great works for the enjoyment of the Quartet's audiences today and as a lasting legacy in years to come.
We hope you'll help us get this next CD over the line!
The New Zealand String Quartet was formed in 1987 and has played an integral role in New Zealand music for nearly 30 years.
The groups tours regularly to the USA and Canada, the UK and Australia and has engagements booked in 2017 for the Netherlands, Germany and Slovenia.
The ensemble has been Quartet-in-Residence at the New Zealand School of Music at Victoria University since 1991 and violinist Helene Pohl and violist Gillian Ansell are co-artistic directors of the biennial Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson, regarded as one of the foremost festivals of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
Helene, Gillian and cellist Rolf Gjelsten have been with the Quartet for over 20 years and have each been awarded the MNZM honour for services to music in New Zealand. 2nd violinist Monique Lapins joined the ensemble in May 2016.
Helene Pohl (1st violin)
Monique Lapins (2nd violin)
Gillian Ansell (viola)
Rolf Gjelsten (cello)
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