Kuss Quartet & Naoko Shimizu – Kerry & Kurtag are talking points
The Kuss Quartet & Naoko Shimizu’s Australian tour continues. Tonight they perform in Brisbane with concerts in Newcastle and Sydney still to come. While audiences have delighted in the great quintets by Mozart and Brahms, the newer works on the tour program have also been talking points.
The Kuss Quartet has studied with Gyorgy Kurtag and so were very keen to include one of his works in the program. Adelaide’s Fringe Benefits reports:
Eerie sustained notes, haunting glissando and sharp stabbing notes created a piercing aural nightmare. Long-time appreciators of chamber music found this piece interesting but bewildering, perhaps even overwhelming at times, but definitely exciting. This willful joy in mixing familiar standards with exciting contemporary compositions made Kuss Quartet a joy to watch.
The musicians also had the opportunity to work with Gordon Kerry on his String Quintet, receiving its world premiere performances on this tour. According to ArtsHub:
Kerry has created a fine work filled with luscious rhythms and swooping moments that never overpopulate the piece, contrasted with slower reflections that cohere pleasantly together, avoiding disintegration. The 15 minute duration of the work makes for a thoroughly satisfying composition that one would happily listen to again.