We’d like to introduce you to Thomas Rann. He is the cellist of Australia Quartet, UTS Piano Quartet in Residence.
This year the quartet became resident at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and have a 4 concert series at the university.
Their 3rd concert has 3 fabulous works, rarely performed in Sydney:
- Giya Kancheli’s amazing Piano Quartet In L’Istesso Tempo (1998)
- Ross Edwards’ haunting Emerald Crossing (1999)
- Fauré’s unfairly neglected Piano Quartet no. 2 in G minor
The Australia Quartet are currently rehearsing for the concert:
It’s always exciting when rehearsals for a new project begin. All three provide challenges and rewards to both performers and audience. We usually start our rehearsal process by working as a string trio (myself, the wonderful Veronique Serret and irrepressible James Wannan), coming to grips with how the string ‘unit’ works in each piece before we meet at UTS with our divine pianist, Tamara Anna Cislowska, and put all the parts together.
Tom’s insights into what you’ll hear:
The key challenge of the Kancheli is keeping the extremely slow tempo and massive range of volume – from super-fine to pounding aggression. This piece is a real feat of concentration for the musicians, but really transporting for the listener. We are committed to performing old and new Australian pieces in all are programs so it’s great to discover the Edwards. Brooding and expressive, Emerald Crossing sits perfectly next to the Kancheli, and really is an Australian piano quartet treasure. The Fauré is the biggest piece in the program and often uses the strings in unison, which is really powerful combined with the thick and sonorous piano writing. Australia Quartet is passionate about introducing chamber music to new audiences and we hope you can join us on part of our journey!
They’re looking forward to playing these pieces at UTS on Tuesday September 25 at 6:30pm in Bon Marche Studio UTS, 755 Harris St. Ultimo thanks to the generous sponsorship and support of the Arts Faculty. Admission is by donation and it should be a wonderful performance and well worth a gold coin, or two.