Acacia Quartet: Mozart Dvorak Chance
A program of quartets by Mozart, Dvorak, and Australian composer Alice Chance performed with the brilliance Acacia Quartet is known for. Enjoyable on every level.
This album presents a notable piece from each of the composers, encompassing three 4-movement works played with the brilliance Acacia Quartet is known for. They have been performing and recording together for more than 10 years to the delight of audiences internationally, with this release exemplifying the well honed harmony of tone and movement they have developed over the years.
This CD reached number 6 on the Aria Classical Charts in July 2022.
Founded in 2010, Acacia Quartet has won great respect for its versatile and inventive programs. “Acacia Quartet performed so well that at times they seem like only one instrument, such is their clarity and unison.” (City News Canberra)
“The Acacia Quartet play (the Mozart String Quartet No 15, K421) with verve, and there’s some lovely subtleties of colour in the aching Andante. The concluding movement has an almost conversational quality to its short, sharp phrases, rounding the quartet off nicely. The Dvořák String Quartet No 12, 'American', is given a top-notch performance, with the last two movements really taking flight.”Read full review
“... a charming trio of diverse string quartets, expertly played and interpreted. (In the Mozart) the ensemble engages with classical restraint and understated passion. Acacia Quartet showcases Chance’s writing and the possibilities of the stringed instruments. It is a piece which interestingly, attempts to express tactile and taste sensations in sound, with innovative acoustic effects. Dvořák’s 'American' gathers the melodic patterns, harmonies and rhythms expressing the quintessential feel of the New World. Established eleven years ago, Acacia Quartet recently bade farewell to founding second violinist Myee Clohessy. Acacia Quartet: Mozart Dvorak Chance marks the experience and synergy of this lengthy performing partnership, demonstrating a unity of purpose, well balanced tone, an understanding of the thematic material and the ability to express it.”Read full review
— Shamistha de Soysa, SounbdsLikeSydney
“Chance’s String Quartet No. 2, nicknamed 'Sundried', is an impressionistic work comprising 4 movements. The first movement, Exposure, reflects time-lapse photography involving stillness and transparency while the second movement, Dribble Castle, portrays the playful process of building a sand castle. The fast third movement, Tomatoes, reflects the shaking of a tomato plant that results in hundreds of cherry tomatoes falling off. The final movement, Aloe Vera, is the cool antidote to the rather dissonant first movement.”Read full review
— Jennifer Fong, classikON
“There are many fine string quartets on the Australian musical landscape. The Acacia Quartet has earned its place amongst the best. ... an excellent recoding.”Read full review
— Philip Pogson, Music Trust e-zine Loud Mouth
- I. Allegro moderato
- II. Andante
- III. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Trio
- IV. Allegretto ma non troppo
- I. Exposure
- II. Dribble Castle
- III. Tomatoes
- IV. Aloe Vera
- I. Allegro ma non troppo
- II. Lento
- III. Molto vivace
- IV. Finale: Vivace ma non troppo
String Quartet no 15 in D minor, K421 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
String Quartet No. 2: “Sundried” Alice Chance
Quartet in F Major, Op. 96: “American” Antonín Dvořák
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the Classical era. He composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, piano, operatic, and choral music. He is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers.
Alice is an Australian composer, conductor, arranger, and lyricist. Her works are performed in concert halls (Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Centre, City Recital Hall Angel Place) and cathedrals (St Mary's Cathedral Sydney, Stanford Memorial Church California, Trinity Church Wall St New York City).
Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer, one of the first Czech composers to achieve worldwide recognition.
Where to buy
Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Release date
- April 2022
- © 2022 Acacia Quartet
- ℗ 2022 Move Records
- Catalogue number
- MCD 626
- EAN 9314574062625