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The Australian String Quartet perform two concerts at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival this year. Program:Joseph Haydn Quartet in B-flat major, Op. 33 No. 4 (Hob. III:40)Franz Schubert Quartet No. 15 in G Major, Op. 161 (D887)One of Haydn’s so-called “Russian” Quartets of 1781 plays an introductory role in this program, whose major work is Schubert’s last Quartet, written in 1826. We call the style of this gigantic masterpiece “late Schubert”, but we should also reflect that the composer was still in his twenties. (The work will be known to many owing to its use in the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors.)The distinct sound of the ASQ is enhanced and unified by its matched set of 18th century Guadagnini instruments, handcrafted by Giovanni Battista Guadagnini between c.1743 and 1784 in Turin and Piacenza, Italy. They are on loan to the ASQ for their exclusive use through the generosity of Ulrike Klein and UKARIA.