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Lost Voices at The Great Synagogue

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The Great Synagogue

187a Elizabeth St

Sydney, NSW 2000

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In LOST VOICES, APQ explores the work of three pioneering Jewish composers in the remarkable CBD oasis of the Great Synagogue.

Fanny MENDELSSOHN (1805-1847)
String Quartet in E flat major (1834) 22’

Viktor ULLMANN (1898–1944)
String Quartet no.3 (1943) 14’

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951)
Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4 (1899) 30'

Fanny Mendelssohn's extraordinary string quartet reveals a talent for the genre equal to her more famous brother, while Silesian composer Viktor Ullmann's only surviving quartet, his third, written in the Auschwitz death camp where he was killed soon after, is a warm, triumphant work of defiance.

Schoenberg's seminal 1899 tone poem for string sextet, Transfigured Night, teeters on the precipice of serialism while remaining deeply late romantic. Based on Richard Dehmel's dark and expressionist poem, this masterwork is not only ground-breaking in musical terms, it still serves as a paragon of social justice in our complex post-modern world.

This performance is dedicated to the late Israeli cellist and pedagogue, Uzi Wiesel.

Emma Jardine*, violin
Anna Da Silva Chen, violin
James Wannan, viola
Thomas Rann, cello
Nicole Divall*, viola
Chris Pidcock*, cello

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