Orava Quartet ‘Czech Fantasy’ tour in October 2018
Australia’s Orava Quartet brings their unique brand of youthful intensity and passion to Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 25 October and Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room on Friday 26 October, performing Haydn, Schulhoff and Debussy.
Hailed by The Australian as “the real deal”, the Orava Quartet was founded in 2007 by brothers Daniel Kowalik (violin) and Karol Kowalik (cello), Thomas Chawner (viola), and joined in 2011 by David Dalseno (violin). Reviews of their debut album for Deutsche Grammophon and live performances describe the Oravas’ playing as “vibrant, exciting and that demonstrates an impressive commitment to a unified concept of sound and musical expression” (Limelight), with a unique beauty of tone and phrasing, “remarkable precision and impressive balances” (ArtsHub), affirming that they are currently one of the most exciting string quartets in the world.
‘Czech Fantasy’ comprises Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 77, no.1, considered by many to be his finest and dedicated to the young Czech Prince Lobkowitz, and followed by compatriot composer Erwin Schulhoff’s Five Pieces for String Quartet, one of his most enduring works for their playful, dance-like beauty. In a fitting finale, to mark the centenary of Debussy’s passing, Orava Quartet performs his sublime String Quartet in G minor, a ground breaking work in its time and one of the best-loved in the repertoire.
Limelight Magazine said of the quartet’s rendition of Debussy, “The highlight of the concert, however, was a stunning performance of Debussy’s 1893 String Quartet… If the Orava Quartet didn’t already have every audience member eating out of their hands with the snowballing vibrancy of Debussy’s finale, their encore … sealed the deal.”
The first Australian string quartet to sign with Deutsche Grammophon in Australia, Orava Quartet has earned a reputation and devoted following for their visceral and thrilling performances. The Quartet brings their unique sound and breathtaking intensity to the classics of the string quartet canon, making audiences fall in love with these works all over again.
Thursday 25 October, 7pm at Melbourne Recital Centre – tickets here
Friday 26 October, 7pm at Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House – tickets here
Sunday 28 October, 3pm at St Bernard’s Church, Batehaven – tickets here
Live reviews of the Orava Quartet performances at Canberra International Music Festival 2018: Haydn, Rachmaninov and Debussy
“As much-hyped as the ensemble has been, they didn’t disappoint… this is quartet playing that’s vibrant, exciting and that demonstrates an impressive commitment to a unified concept of sound and musical expression…
The highlight of the concert, however, was a stunning performance of Debussy’s 1893 String Quartet…
If the Orava Quartet didn’t already have every audience member eating out of their hands with the snowballing vibrancy of Debussy’s finale, their encore … sealed the deal.”
– Limelight Magazine, 2018 (read full review “The Oravas live up to the hype and more”)
“For anyone who hasn’t heard of Orava Quartet, I urge you to pick up a copy of their debut recording with Deutsche Grammophon Australia. This young ensemble is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting voices in the art music world…
The highlight of the evening for this reviewer was Orava’s breathtaking performance of Debussy’s 1893 first and only String Quartet, in (expanded) G minor… This quartet is an incredibly virtuosic and difficult work but Orava rendered it effortlessly.”
– Canberra CityNews, 2018 (read full review “Masterful and electric young quartet”)