...an irresistible amalgam of verve and deep feeling...
(Peter Mechen, Middle C)
More power to String Trios – the Aroha Ensemble at St.Andrew’s-on-The-Terrace
By: Aroha Ensemble
In:
Beethoven: String Trio No 3 in G major Op. 9 No 1
Penderecki: String Trio
Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat major K563
When: Sunday, June 11 2017, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Reviewed by: Peter Mechen, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in "

Middle-C

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There's no doubt that the string quartet as a genre has dominated the world of chamber music since the time of Josef Haydn - the repertoire is astonishing in its depth and diversity, and together with the sheer number of ensembles, both historical and contemporary, constitutes almost a world of its own. The effect of this has, I think, tended to downplay the "presence" in the chamber music firmament, of differently constituted groups, and possibly their "status" in the minds of many music-lovers, as being somehow lesser or slighter in content or importance.




Fine recital by string ensemble
By: Aroha Ensemble
In:
Beethoven: String Trio No 3 in G major Op. 9 No 1
Penderecki: String Trio
Mozart: Divertimento for String Trio in E-flat major K563
When: Monday, April 24 2017, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Mornington Methodist Church, 1 Galloway St, Dunedin
Reviewed by: Elizabeth Bouman, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in "

Otago Daily Times

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The Aroha Quartet has brought chamber music to many New Zealand venues since it was founded in 2004. This year one of their members has taken leave, and so it was the Aroha Ensemble (Haihong Liu, Zhongxian Jin and Robert Ibell) who performed in Dunedin for the first time, presenting a programme entitled Masterworks for String Trio last evening in the Mornington Methodist Church.




Schubert's Chamber Music Swan-Song
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Schubert: String Quartet No 10 in E flat major Op. 125 No 1 D87
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D 956
When: Sunday, June 5 2016, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Reviewed by: Peter Mechen, Sunday, June 5, 2016, in "

Middle C

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It's almost inconceivable that a "Schubertiade" of the kind organized here at St.Andrew's-on-the-Terrace would not include the composer's last and greatest chamber music work. This, of course, is the String Quintet in C Major D.958, which was completed just two months before Schubert's death, a work he never heard performed. In fact it had to wait until 1850 for its first public performance, and another three years before it was actually published.




Concert Review: Aroha String Quartet
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Haydn: String Quartet in G Op. 33 No 5 "How do you do?"
Piazzolla: Tango Ballet
Anthony Ritchie: Whakatipua
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No 6 in F minor Op. 80
When: Tuesday, May 17 2016, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: St Augustine's Anglican Church, 5 Cracroft Terrace, Christchurch
Reviewed by: David Sell, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in "

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One of the many perks from the visits to Christchurch of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra is the occasional recitals by one of the chamber ensembles made up from its members. The Aroha String Quartet is one such group.




Aroha Quartet revisits Waikanae Music Society with polished, well-balanced programme
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Haydn: String Quartet in G Op. 33 No 5 "How do you do?"
Piazzolla: Tango Ballet
Anthony Ritchie: Whakatipua
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No 6 in F minor Op. 80
When: Sunday, April 10 2016, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Where: Waikanae Memorial Hall
Reviewed by: Rosemary Collier, Sunday, April 10, 2016, in "

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It is always a pleasure to hear the Aroha String Quartet and their varied programmes.

The Haydn quartet had a rather sotto voce commencement; the movement was described in the programme notes as a greeting, such as ‘how do you do’. All of Haydn’s jollity and wit were present.




Quartet offers much to savour
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Haydn: String Quartet in G Op. 33 No 5 "How do you do?"
Piazzolla: Tango Ballet
Anthony Ritchie: Whakatipua
Mendelssohn: String Quartet No 6 in F minor Op. 80
When: Wednesday, March 23 2016, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: St Andrew's in the City, Palmerston North
Reviewed by: Stephen Fisher, Thursday, March 24, 2016, in "

Manawatu Standard

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The Aroha Quartet returned to the city this week with another of their beautifully planned programmes, this recital featuring music by Haydn, Piazzolla, Ritchie and Mendelssohn.

Notably, this was the first local appearance of their new second violinist, Simeon Broome, who joined the familiar Haihong Liu (violin), Zhongxian Jin (viola) and our own expat cellist, Robert Ibell.




Aroha Quartet , with SOUNZ and RNZ Concert, does local composers proud
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Anthony Ritchie: Whakatipua
Jeroen Speak: Auxetos
Kirsten Strom: Purity
Ross Carey: Toccatina (Elegy)
Alex Taylor: refrain
Blas Gonzalez: SPASMS
Helen Bowater: this desperate edge of now
When: Monday, October 26 2015, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Where: St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Reviewed by: Peter Mechen, Monday, October 26, 2015, in "

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This concert was the initial fruitful outcome of a new collaborative project between SOUNZ (Centre for New Zealand Music), Radio New Zealand Concert, and the Aroha Quartet. It was undertaken in association with CANZ (Composers’ Association of New Zealand) and Chamber Music New Zealand.




Great feeling in Aroha Quartet performance
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat major Op. 33 No 2 "The Joke"
Lilburn: String Quartet in E minor
Beethoven: String Quartet in C major Op. 59 No 3 "Rasumovsky"
When: Wednesday, May 13 2015, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: St Andrew's in the City, Palmerston North
Reviewed by: Stephen Fisher, Friday, May 15, 2015, in "

Manawatu Standard

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Maybe because of family connections, the Wellington-based Aroha Quartet are the most frequently heard string quartet in our city and, in this situation, I always fear that listener fatigue may set in.

However, the Quartet itself seems to have faced this issue, always ensuring their programmes reflect great variety and interest.

Wednesday's programme was no exception, featuring two well known quartets by Haydn and Beethoven placing them alongside Lillburn's String Quartet in E minor.




Aroha String Quartet’s tenth anniversary concert offers excellent, varied, exquisite programme
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet in A major Op. 18 No 5
Shostakovich: String Quartet No 1 in C major Op. 49
Chinese Traditional Works
Ravel: String Quartet in F
When: Sunday, December 7 2014, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: Old St Paul's, Wellington
Reviewed by: Lindis Taylor, Sunday, December 7, 2014, in "

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The first performance by Wellington’s Aroha String Quartet took place in this venue at this time on 5 December, just 10 years ago. I wrote a review of it in The Dominion Post, ending “This is one of the finest ensembles to emerge from the NZSO ranks. I hope they can find the time to give many more concerts”. I’ve always felt pleased to have been there. This time, too, their concert clashed with another, the same, by the Wellington Chamber Orchestra, which again had the result of smaller audiences at both.




Audience transported to another time and place
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet in A major Op. 18 No 5
Shostakovich: String Quartet No 1 in C major Op. 49
Chinese Traditional Works
Ravel: String Quartet in F
When: Saturday, October 25 2014, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Knighton Rd (Uni Gate 2b), Hillcrest, Hamilton
Reviewed by: Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, in "

Waikato Times

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The Aroha String Quartet celebrate their 10th anniversary this year and during this time they have become a significant chamber ensemble in New Zealand. The quartet have the ability to draw the audience into their world of warm sonorities where delicate dynamic levels pervade. In this programme of quartet masterpieces from the German, Russian and French repertoire, the different styles enabled the ensemble to show their versatility, which was greatly enhanced by two very beautiful Chinese works with a soundscape that enthralled and enriched the audience.




Stunning symphonies from Aroha Quartet
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet in A major Op. 18 No 5
Shostakovich: String Quartet No 1 in C major Op. 49
Chinese Traditional Works
Ravel: String Quartet in F
When: Thursday, October 23 2014, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Theatre Royal, TSB Showplace, 92 Devon St, New Plymouth
Reviewed by: Allan Purdy, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, in "

Taranaki Daily News

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Aroha indeed. Chamber Music New Zealand's 2014 concert series in New Plymouth concluded on Friday night with a glowing performance by the Aroha Quartet, which basked the audience in the gentle warmth of their playing style.

Celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, the players have developed a very impressive homogeneity of tone and balance, especially as three of them are also full-time members of the NZSO.




Quartet members show joy at playing together
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet in A major Op. 18 No 5
Shostakovich: String Quartet No 1 in C major Op. 49
Chinese Traditional Works
Ravel: String Quartet in F
When: Friday, October 24 2014, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Speirs Centre, 263 Featherston St, Palmerston North
Reviewed by: Stephen Fisher, Saturday, October 25, 2014, in "

Manawatu Standard

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Featuring Robert Ibell on cello, one of our city's creative giants, the Aroha String Quartet have performed regularly in Palmerston North, but this was the first time they have appeared as part of Chamber Music New Zealand's Kaleidoscope Series.

Thursday night's concert proved that this was a most deserved accolade, their beautifully chosen programme giving the quartet the opportunity to reveal their excellent sense of ensemble with some exquisite playing.




Quartet's debut was so satisfying
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet in A major Op. 18 No 5
Shostakovich: String Quartet No 1 in C major Op. 49
Chinese Traditional Works
Ravel: String Quartet in F
When: Monday, October 13 2014, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Old St John's Church, 320 Hardy St, Nelson
Reviewed by: Margot Hannigan, Tuesday, October 14, 2014, in "

Nelson Mail

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What an international language classical music is. And the Aroha Quartet truly communicates this.

All four musicians play in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, but the first violinist Haihong Liu, and viola player Zhongxian Jin, were born in China. Second violinist Blythe Press and cellist Robert Ibell were born and trained in New Zealand. Yet their harmony and musical sensitivity are totally shared.




Much love for Aroha String Quartet
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Mozart: String Quartet No 1 in G major KV 80
Zhou Long: Eight Chinese Folk Songs 周龙 中国民歌八首
Sam Piper: Dance of the Sidhe
Shostakovich: Elegy & Polka
Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major Op. 18 No 6
When: Sunday, May 25 2014, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: St Mark's Anglican Church, Te Aroha
Reviewed by: Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in "

Waikato Times

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St Mark’s Church with its lovely acoustic was the ideal venue for their 10th anniversary concert. The Aroha Quartet is a significant chamber ensemble in NZ creating fine performances and loyal audiences. Aroha is a worthy name for this ensemble because of the warm and impassioned performances they give; this performance was no exception.




Innovative and balanced programme from Aroha Quartet at Waikanae
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Mozart: String Quartet No 1 in G major KV 80
Sam Piper: Dance of the Sidhe
Zhou Long: Eight Chinese Folk Songs 周龙 中国民歌八首
Schubert: String Quartet No 15 in G major Op. 161 D. 887
When: Sunday, May 18 2014, 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Where: Waikanae Memorial Hall
Reviewed by: Rosemary Collier, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in "

Middle C

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What immediately struck me was not that Mozart should have written such a quartet at the age of 14, remarkable as that is, but rather the beauty of the playing by the Aroha Quartet. Their tone, subtle gradation of dynamics, their blend and balance were utterly disarming. Unafraid of playing real pianissimos, these musicians brought much light and shade, and delicacy, to this, the first of Mozart’s string quartets.




A concert to savour
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Mozart: String Quartet No 1 in G major KV 80
Farr: Mondo Rondo
Zhou Long: Eight Chinese Folk Songs 周龙 中国民歌八首
Shostakovich: Elegy & Polka
Debussy: String Quartet
When: Wednesday, November 20 2013, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Where: St Andrew's in the City, Palmerston North
Reviewed by: Stephen Fisher, Wednesday, November 20, 2013, in "

Manawatu Standard

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Aroha Quartet in Near and Far(r), St Andrew's in the City, Wednesday, November 20. Reviewed by Stephen Fisher.

With their highly imaginative programming, the Aroha String Quartet can be relied upon to present a programme of great audience appeal, and Wednesday night's recital, in the very warm acoustics of St Andrew's, was no exception.

Featuring Haihong Liu and Blythe Press on violins, Zhongxian Jin on viola and Robert Ibell on the cello, the quartet play with great rapport and an undoubted sensitivity towards the music of each other.




Aroha Quartet fills the Futuna Chapel with impressionist and colouful music
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
arr. Zhu Jian-Er & Shi Yong-Kang: The Whitehaired Girl 白毛女(施永康, 朱践耳改编)
Shostakovich: Elegy & Polka
Debussy: String Quartet
When: Sunday, November 3 2013, 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: Futuna Chapel, Karori, Wellington
Reviewed by: Lindis Taylor, Sunday, November 3, 2013, in "

Middle C

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Prefatory note: The Aroha Quartet leave in December for their second tour to China where they will play in the spectacular new Xinghai Concert Hall in Guangzhou, and to Zhongshan. They will have with them works from six countries including China and New Zealand.




Homage to Britten from the Aroha Quartet
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major Op. 18 No 6
Britten: String Quartet No.3, Op.94
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44
When: Sunday, April 21 2013, 3:00pm
Where: St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Reviewed by: Peter Mechen, Sunday, April 21, 2013, in "

Middle-C

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For some reason I hadn’t really registered before this concert just how big a space at St.Andrew’s Church a small ensemble has to fill with sound, both behind the musicians and above them. It seemed to my ears when the Aroha Quartet began their Beethoven which opened the concert that everything was set back, as opposed to “being in one’s face”, and that the instrumental timbres were more than usually “terraced’.




Engaging performance, emotional programme
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet in B flat major Op. 18 No 6
Britten: String Quartet No.3, Op.94
Schumann: Piano Quintet in E flat major Op. 44
When: Tuesday, April 16 2013, 7:30pm
Where: St Peter's Church, 229 Ruahine St, Palmerston North
Reviewed by: Stephen Fisher, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in "

Manawatu Standard

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Featuring the talented ex-Palmerston North cellist Robert Ibell, the Aroha Quartet has made a name for itself presenting a range of works sometimes outside the mainstream concert programmes.

The quartet also takes opportunities to explore chamber music repertoire together with other musicians - and so it was that Tuesday night's concert featured the Aroha Quartet with Catherine McKay on the piano performing Schumann's much loved Piano Quintet.




Four ensembles help in fund-raising concert for St Andrew’s restoration completion phase
By: New Zealand String Quartet, Aroha String Quartet, Poneke Trio, Dominion String Quartet
In:
When: Thursday, October 11 2012, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Where: St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Reviewed by: Rosemary Collier, Thursday, October 11, 2012, in "

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Haydn: String Quartet in C major, Op.20 no.2 (New Zealand String Quartet); String Quartet in B flat major, Op.76 no.4 ‘Sunrise’ (Aroha String Quartet)
Dvořàk: Piano Trio no.4 in E minor, Op.90 ‘Dumky’ (Poneke Trio)
Alfred Hill: String Quartet no.11 in D minor (Dominion String Quartet)

New Zealand String Quartet (Helene Phol and Douglas Beilman, violins; Gillian Ansell, viola; Rolf Gjelsten, cello);
Poneke Trio (Anna van der Zee, violin; Paul Mitchell, cello; Richard Mapp, piano);
Aroha String Quartet (Haihong Liu and Blythe Press, violins; Zhongxian Jin, viola; Robert Ibell, cello);




Quintessential chamber music – the Aroha Quartet and Andrew Joyce
By: Aroha String Quartet with Andrew Joyce (cello)
In:
Haydn: String Quartet op 76 no 4 (Sunrise)
Tornyai: Streichquintett
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D 956
When: Sunday, September 30 2012, 3:30pm
Where: St Marks Church, Woburn Rd, Lower Hutt
Reviewed by: Peter Mechen, Sunday, September 30, 2012, in "

Middle C

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I like to think I’ve long gone past the days when I would regard work x, y or z as my “favorite” symphony, concerto, sonata or whatever. Now, whenever I’m asked about my “favorite” whatever-it-is, I go into a “gripped by bewilderment” state, born largely of the sheer range and scope of the repertoire. I admit I take refuge sometimes behind the rather glib reply that it’s either the last work I heard performed, or else the next one I’m GOING to hear.




Aroha String Quartet
By: Aroha String Quartet with Andrew Joyce (cello)
In:
Haydn: String Quartet op 76 no 4 (Sunrise)
Tornyai: Streichquintett
Schubert: String Quintet in C major, D 956
When: Thursday, September 6 2012, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, Knighton Rd (Uni Gate 2b), Hillcrest, Hamilton
Reviewed by: Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Friday, September 21, 2012, in "

Waikato Times

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Hearing the Aroha Quartet play is always a pleasure; their rich hues blend into textures in a way which gives and very fulfilling performance.

The Haydn String Quartet Op 76 No 4 'Sunrise' opened the programme and the warm velour of the sunrise motif was immediately radiant with the con spirito element apparent.

Both the singing qualities and the dynamic ranges used added a piquancy which gave by comparison the sumptuous Adagio an extra inner depth.




Mulled Wine accompanies Aroha String Quartet concert at Paekakariki
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Haydn: String Quartet op 76 no 4 (Sunrise)
arr. Zhu Jian-Er & Shi Yong-Kang: The Whitehaired Girl 白毛女(施永康, 朱践耳改编)
Debussy: String Quartet
When: Sunday, June 24 2012, 2:30pm
Where: Memorial Hall, 98 The Parade, Paekakariki
Reviewed by: Lindis Taylor, Sunday, June 24, 2012, in "

Middle-C

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I heard the Aroha Quartet’s first concert in 2004 and was pretty impressed and have followed them with great interest ever since. The original quartet comprised four Chinese players, three playing in the NZSO and one, the viola Zhongxian Jin, teaching at Victoria University and free lancing. Hai-hong Liu remains leader; the other two were second violinist Beiyi Xue and cellist Jiaxin Cheng.




Supercharged quartet
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Dvorak: String Sextet in A, Op 48
Schulhoff: String Sextet (1920-24)
Brahms: String Sextet in G, op 36 (Agathe)
When: Sunday, August 28 2011, 3:00pm
Where: Illott Theatre, Wellington
Reviewed by: Garth Wilshere, Wednesday, August 31, 2011, in "

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Supercharged quartet
Garth Wilshere

31/08/2011 9:22:00 a.m.

Wellington Chamber Music – SundayConcerts, String Sextet Spectacular, Ilott Theatre August 28. Reviewed by Garth Wilshere

This was a rare opportunity to hear three String Sextets courtesy of the Aroha Quartet (Haihong Liu & Beiyi Xue (violins), Zhongxian Jin (viola) & Robert Ibell (cello) joined by NZSO players Lyndon Johnson Taylor on viola and Rowan Prior on cello. The sound was rather like a supercharged String Quartet with extra lower range tonal weight.




Aroha Plus gives wonderful programmme of string sextets
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Dvorak: String Sextet in A, Op 48
Schulhoff: String Sextet (1920-24)
Brahms: String Sextet in G, op 36 (Agathe)
When: Sunday, August 28 2011, 3:00pm
Where: Illott Theatre, Wellington
Reviewed by: Rosemary Collier, Sunday, August 28, 2011, in "

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Aroha Plus gives wonderful programmme of string sextets
By Rosemary Collier, August 28, 2011

Dvořák: String Sextet in A, Op.48
Erwin Schulhoff: String Sextet
Brahms: String Sextet no.2 in G, Op.36 (Agathe)

Aroha String Quartet: Haihong Liu (violin),
Beiyi Xue (violin), Zhongxian Jin (viola), Robert Ibell (cello), with Lyndon
Johnston Taylor (viola) and Rowan Prior (cello)

Ilott Theatre
Sunday 28 August 2011, 3pm




Moving melodies, memorable concert
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet No.1 in F maj, Op.18 No.1
Whitehead - Moon, Tides and Shoreline
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich: String Quartet no 3, op 30
When: Sunday, October 3 2010, 2:00pm
Where: Tauranga Park auditorium, Tauranga
Reviewed by: Val Sherriff, Tuesday, October 12, 2010, in "

Bay of Plenty Times

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Two farewells and memories of an evening shoreline left the audience emotionally fulfilled at the Aroha String Quartet concert at Tauranga Park auditorium at the weekend.

Beethoven’s String Quartet in F major, Opus 18 No 1 was dedicated to friend Karl Amenda when Amenda returned to his homeland in 1799. Tchaikovsky’s String Quartet No 3 in E flat minor Opus 30 was dedicated to Ferdinand Laub, a Moscow Conservatory colleague who died in 1875. The quartet was Tchaikovsky’s tribute to him.




Aroha Quartet at St.Andrew’s
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Shostakovich - String Quartet No. 7 in F# minor, Op. 108
Whitehead - Moon, Tides and Shoreline
Szymanowski - String Quartet No. 2 Op. 56
When: Saturday, March 13 2010, 6:30pm
Where: St Andrew's on the Terrace, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Reviewed by: Peter Mechen, Saturday, October 9, 2010, in "

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Like New Yorkers have done with their numbered streets and avenues, one does get used to numberings in classical music, however bewildering and daunting it may seem for a beginner listener to register titles like Symphony No.97, String Quartet No.79, Piano Concerto No.27, or Piano Sonata No. 32. It’s probably one of the reasons that descriptive names, often nothing to do with the composer, have been so freely appended to pieces of music. These nicknames work invariably to the music’s advantage, however much the purist may scoff at the superficiality of the exercise.




Whangarei Concert, September 2010
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet No.1 in F maj, Op.18 No.1
Whitehead - Moon, Tides and Shoreline
Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich: String Quartet no 3, op 30
When: Friday, September 24 2010, 7:30pm
Where: The Old Library, Whangarei
Reviewed by: Paul Serotsky, Friday, September 24, 2010, in "

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Superb Aroha Quartet in the Sunday Series
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Beethoven: String Quartet No.1 in F maj, Op.18 No.1
Schnittke: String Quartet No.1
Britten: String Quartet No.3, Op.94
When: Sunday, August 1 2010, 3:00pm
Where: Illott Theatre, Wellington
Reviewed by: Lindis Taylor, Sunday, August 1, 2010, in "

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Since its formation about six years ago the Aroha Quartet has gained a place close to the New Zealand String Quartet for its intuitive musicality and virtuosity. Their previous performances in this series and for Chamber Music New Zealand around the country have left no doubt about their quality and so it was a little surprising to find the 300-seat Ilott Theatre little more than half full: the weather; the Film Festival; too much other music?




Exquisite playing from brilliant Aroha
By: Aroha String Quartet
In:
Mozart: String Quintet in G minor K516
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major K581
When: Thursday, August 10 2006, 7:00pm
Where:
Reviewed by: Lindis Taylor, Thursday, August 10, 2006, in "

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Aroha Quartet with Vyvyan Yendoll (viola), Philip Green (clarinet). Mozart: String Quintet in G minor, Clarinet Quintet in A. Hunter Council Chamber, Monday

When I first heard this string quartet, in December 2004, I had prided myself on recognising something special, and subsequent hearings have confirmed it as one of the finest ensembles to emerge, largely from the NZSO.

This concert, on a wet night, will undoubtedly register, for me, as one of the loveliest of 2006 and it saddened me that so few had put it in their diaries.