Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor
Graeme Koehne – New Work
Richard Strauss – Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 13
BAIBA SKRIDE, Violin
LISE BERTHAUD, Viola
HARRIET KRIJGH, Cello
LAUMA SKRIDE, Piano
The Skride Piano Quartet is made up of four like-minded musicians who have each achieved success as a soloist at the highest levels. Sisters, soloists and regular duo partners, Baiba and Lauma Skride sought out two of their favourite chamber music colleagues in Lise Berthaud and Harriet Krijgh. Upcoming performances include the Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Essen, Great Guild Hall Riga, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. Making their North American debut in the 2018–19 season, the Quartet offers programs featuring highlights from the piano quartet repertoire.
Mozart’s Piano Quartet No. 1 is considered the first major piano quartet in the chamber music repertoire. The composer’s publisher rejected it as being ‘too difficult for amateurs’. Renowned Australian composer Graeme Koehne is best known for his orchestral and ballet scores, which are characterised by direct communicative style and embrace of traditional tonality. Richard Strauss became famous for his tone poems and operas, but tried his hand at chamber music in his youth. This early quartet, while showing the influence of Brahms, is conceived on a grand scale with many touches of the Strauss to come.
Photograph: Keith Saunders