Friday, 10 February 2012 7.30 pm in Cairns Church


Sara Wolstenholme, violin   Louise Salmona, violin
Adam Newman, viola    Lydia Shelley, cello

String Quartet in B flat Op. 50, No 1
String Quartet No 1 in A minor *
String Quartet No 2 in A minor Op. 13

* change from the advertised programme

Bartok's first string quartet, written in1909 has been described as the "tamest" of his quartets. It is a very personal work, a musical tribute of sorts to violinist Stefi Geyer, with whom Bartok fell desperately in love in 1907.

Its funereal first movement progresses to a more lighthearted second and ends evoking a bustling village in the third.