Jack Symonds’ String Quartet No.2 whispers into existence, interrupting the intangible build-up of concert expectancy with an ascending violin line that is the very genesis of this spectacular work. Over its unique two-part structure, Symonds skilfully unravels the DNA of that opening statement, sweeping the listener up in a display of virtuosity, contrasts and textures that bounce off and reflect each other. This piece brilliantly showcases the string quartet through its wide-ranging breadth of expression and extremes of colour.
Symonds’ String Quartet No. 2 was commissioned by the Australian String Quartet for the London season of the ANAM Quartetthaus through the Australian String Quartet Richard Divall Australian Music Fund.