A soulful, sophisticated and sparkling musical hour with lyrical Mendelssohn and classical Martinů.
The 18-year-old Mendelssohn is under the spell of Beethoven’s powerful interior dramas in his astonishingly mature String Quartet No.2. It also may have been composed under the spell of a young love. In this impassioned music Mendelssohn obsessively returns to the theme of one of his songs: ‘Is it true that on the leaf-covered path you wait for me…?’ After the heat and inwardness of the opening movements, Mendelssohn’s delicate lyricism weaves a spell of his own in the dreamy scurrying of the Intermezzo.
Cosmopolitan Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů was a prolific writer of charmers, including his late Nonet, for a quartet of strings and a wind quintet. It’s a colourful retrospective of Martinů’s unique voice – crisp neoclassical wit, bucolic energy and a certain melancholy.
Heitor Villa-Lobos conveys the humour and pathos of his reedy duo in his quirky, intricate dialogue for oboe and bassoon, featuring Sydney Symphony Orchestra principals Diana Doherty and Todd Gibson-Cornish.