Auckland Libraries: Forgotten Romantics

Forgotten Romantics: Kotuku Quintet

Thursday 19 September 12.10pm to 1pm Free

The Kotuku Quintet, Simon Ansell (violin), John Seagar (violin) Judith Gust (Viola), Sally-Anne Brown (cello), Louise Webster (piano), return to the stage this year with a programme that features two little-known works from the Romantic era.

Kotuku Quintet.

​Included in their repertoire will be, Frank Bridge’s Quintet in D minor, and Enrique Granados’ Quintet in G minor.

The English composer Frank Bridge (1879-1941) was widely respected as a teacher, composer, violist and conductor. His Quintet has been described as ‘a high-point of post-romantic English music’. Today it is hardly known but this fresh, enjoyable, moving work is well deserving of greater popularity. 

Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916), dubbed by some as the ‘Spanish Grieg’, wrote his Piano Quintet in G minor fairly early in his career and is one of only a handful of chamber works that he wrote. His distinctly Spanish style of classical music can be heard in the second movement, Allegretto, with the suggested strumming of a guitar, accompanying a melancholy song beautifully evocative of a lazy afternoon in the sun.

About Heritage Concerts

We invite you to join us for a year of breath-taking performances - a special series of concerts where together with the musicians we uncover the enduring power behind the music held in the library’s collections. 

Join us for a season of discovery, FREE in the centre of Auckland, a UNESCO City of Music.

When: Fortnightly until Thursday 7 November, 12noon - 1pm.
Where: Whare Wānanga, Level 2 Central City Library, Lorne St, Auckland.

Kotuku Quintet.


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