C09 The B Factor

  • Monday, 2 May 2022

  • Fitters’ Workshop

    Printers Way, Kingston ACT 2604

  • In Association with

Presented by ABC Radio Canberra

Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, so why not Beach? The late romantic glow of her very Brahmsian Piano Quintet from 1907 is an impressive statement by a woman who commanded respect in her days, yet suffered oblivion soon after. This classic program also revives Brahms’ most popular pages amidst Bach’s homage to sheep, Beethoven’s homage to Waldstein and Bartok’s most grippingly taut string quartet.  



J.S. Bach, arr. Neeman,  Sheep may safely graze  BWV 208

Ludwig van Beethoven, 8 Variations on a Theme by Count Waldstein WoO 67

Johannes Brahms, Four Hungarian Dances

Allegro molto


Allegretto – Vivo

Vivace – Piú presto

Béla Bartók, String Quartet nr 4 


Prestissimo, con sordino

Non troppo lento

Allegretto pizzicato

Allegro molto

— interval — 

Amy Beach, Piano Quintet op 67 in F#

Adagio – Allegro moderato

Adagio espressivo

Allegro agitato – Adagio come prima – Presto



Edward and Stephanie Neeman, piano

Alma Moodie Quartet

New Zealand String Quartet

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Artist Alma Moodie Quartet

The Alma Moodie Quartet features four of Australia’s finest string players in an exciting new collaboration. Led by acclaimed violinist Kristian Winther, violinist Anna da Silva Chen, violist Dana Lee and cellist Thomas Marlin bring a fresh and fearless approach to the string quartet repertoire.
Named to honour internationally significant Australian violinist of the 1930s and ’40s, the Alma Moodie Quartet is committed to invigorating the classics and exploring new works with their combined virtuosic talents.
Photo credit Brontë Godden

Artist New Zealand String Quartet


Celebrating its 35th season, the New Zealand String Quartet has established an international reputation for its insightful interpretations, compelling communication, and dynamic performing style. The Quartet is known for its imaginative programming and for its powerful connection with audiences of all kinds.

The group’s extensive discography includes the complete quartets of Mendelssohn, Bartok, Berg, Brahms, Janacek and Lilburn on the Naxos label, works by Ravel, Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Dvorak, Wolf, Tan Dun, Takemitsu, Gao Ping, and Zoltan Szekely as well as many NZ compositions.  ​

The Quartet tours regularly in the UK, Europe and North America as well as to Mexico, Curaçao, Japan, Korea, and China, and made many visits to Australia, including the festivals in Townsville and Canberra.

As Quartet-in-Residence and teachers at the New Zealand School of Music Te Kōkī at Victoria University of Wellington since 1991, as well as running two intensive chamber music courses annually, the Quartet has had a profound effect on generations of New Zealand’s string players and composers.

Artist Stephanie Neeman


Dr. Stephanie Neeman is an active international performer and educator. She has taught masterclasses and performed in various venues throughout the world. Dr. Neeman has appeared as a soloist with the Jakarta Chamber Orchestra, Canberra Youth Orchestra, National Capital Orchestra (AUS) and has performed to critical acclaim across the United States, Asia, and Australia.