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"The most electrifying string quartet concert in recent memory" Dallas News

This brilliant young quartet from Hungary, currently taking Europe by storm, made its New Zealand debut earlier last year.  In this concert recorded in the Auckland Town Hall they pair the classics, Haydn and Mozart, with Bartók and the great Hungarian modernist Ligeti - humourists, colourists and musical explorers without equal.

The Kelemen Quartet has developed a world-wide following since winning the Musica Viva Grand Prize at the 2011 Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition. Led by Barnabás Kelemen, who delighted audiences playing Mozart with the Auckland Philharmonia, the quartet is a family affair, featuring Kelemen's wife, her sister, and a fellow colleague at the Liszt Academy. In this performance, however because of an injury, the usual cellist was replaced by a guest –Akos Takács.

Tonight the Quartet perform Mozart’s String Quartet No 19 in C “Dissonance”, Kodály’s Serenade for two violins & viola, Haydn’s String Quartet in C Op 20/2  and Bartók’s String Quartet No 4. (Source: Chamber Music New Zealand)

Recorded live in Auckland Town Hall by RNZ Concert