In our first program, Artistic Director and violinist Skye McIntosh and the AHE quartet explore Haydn and nature. Two of Haydn’s beloved string quartets, Sunrise and The Lark bookend the program. In The Lark, Haydn masterfully weaves the first violin part in joyous birdsong-like melodies that fly above the other instruments. The work finishes with a fiendishly difficult moto perpetuo. At the heart of the program are selections from two of Haydn’s famous oratorios, The Seasons and The Creation. The Ensemble presents movements from these in historical string quartet arrangements. One of Haydn’s indisputable works of genius, the String Quartet Op. 76 No. 4 (Sunrise) closes the program. Although it was not nicknamed by Haydn himself, the opening bars of the quartet clearly evoke the image of daybreak.
Haydn String Quartet in D major The Lark Op. 64 No. 5
Haydn The Seasons for string quartet (selections) arr. Neukomm
Haydn The Creation for string quartet (selections) arr. Anon.
Haydn String Quartet in B flat major Sunrise Op. 76 No. 4
“..a jewel in the national period instrument crown” Limelight Magazine 2017 ""Ravishing Sound... "" SMH ★★★★★ ""balance, clear-sightedness and optimism"" SMH “..a young and engaged group” SHM 2013 “natural phrasing refreshingly free of the mannerism that original instrument groups are sometimes prone to” SMH 2013 “Textural clarity and sectional interplay illuminated their inventiveness while lilting rhythms and emphatic staccatos enlivened the finales.” The Australian 2013 The Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) was formed in late 2011 and launched its first subscription season in 2012. AHE has rapidly claimed a place among Australia’s finest orchestras and chamber music groups. The ensemble specialises in the music of the classical era, performing on historical instruments under the leadership of Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh. The Ensemble's name pays tribute to the great 'Papa Haydn' who was a central figure of the late Eighteen Century. Formed from a group of dedicated musicians with national and international experience, AHE has built a reputation for its vivacious performances, which are faithful to the sound-worlds that would have been familiar to Haydn and his contemporaries. AHE have recently released their chart topping debut ABC Classics album, performed at the Melbourne festival, throughout Australia and toured to America. They present five tours annually and include regional performances and education projects at the core of their activities."