Interview: the New Zealand String Quartet

By Rod Biss In Classical

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11th February, 2012
Beethoven’s string quartets are “absolutely the centrepiece of the repertoire”, says Gillian Ansell, violist of the New Zealand String Quartet. Cellist Rolf Gjelsten describes them as “the pinnacle – the ultimate technical and musical challenge … the sense of fulfilment that a quartet gets from them is immeasurable”. So when the NZSQ wanted to mark their 25 years of existence this year, how better to do it than with a complete survey of Beethoven’s quartets? It’s a grand, perhaps daunting, undertaking, but for both players and their audiences it’s musically life-enhancing. The ...

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