In their 30th and final season, the celebrated Goldner String Quartet will present music from the first three decades of this century, updating their massive endeavour at the 2000 Adelaide Festival when they performed ten concerts of music from the ten decades of the 20th century.
In this second of their three concerts, the focus is on works from the second decade of this century. This program explores how music can engage with the contemporary world as a medium for conveying important messages about nature and political issues. Pieces from Australian composers Ella Macens, Peter Sculthorpe, Paul Stanhope and Matthew Hindson are brought together with a wonderful work on the theme of nature from New Zealand composer Gareth Farr.
A group of the highest international class… quartet-playing of the rarest quality.
Gareth Farr Te Kōanga Ella Macens Resting with Angels Peter Sculthorpe "A land singing" and "Postlude" from Quartet No.18 Paul Stanhope "Dirrari Lament" from Quartet No.3 From the Kimberley Matthew Hindson Quartet No. 5 Celebration
This concert is part of the Daylight Express series. Goldner String Quartet will also present another concert at Elder Hall and a concert at Adelaide Town Hall.
Celebrating its 30th Concert Season in 2024, the Goldner String Quartet has long-standing recognition as not only Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet, but as an ensemble of international significance.
The Quartet is named after Richard Goldner, founder of Musica Viva Australia. Launched in 1995 and still retaining all founding members, the musicians are well known to Australian and international audiences through their performances and recordings and for their concurrent membership of the Australia Ensemble at UNSW. All members have occupied principal positions in organisations such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Australian Chamber Orchestra. They have toured extensively in Australia and internationally.
Special projects have included a major 20th-Century retrospective, and the complete Beethoven String Quartet Cycle. The Quartet’s appearances in the 2011 City of London Festival drew capacity audiences and unanimous praise from UK critics, and were broadcast on the BBC. Other Goldner projects have included a DVD documentary entitled The Quartets, recorded live with renowned Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe in 2012 (released by ABC Classics), and an international project in celebration of Sydney’s Sister Cities.
The Goldner’s live recordings of the complete Beethoven String Quartet cycle released on ABC Classics, won the 2009 Limelight Award for Best Classical Recording. The Quartet has numerous well-reviewed recordings for prestigious UK label Hyperion, the complete quartets of Szymanowski and Stravinsky on Naxos, and the complete quartets of Carl Vine on ABC Classics.
Strongly committed to teaching the next generation of string quartets, the Goldners have mentored young ensembles through programs of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Musica Viva Australia, the Australian National Academy of Music, the Sydney Conservatorium, and AFCM Townsville.
New works have been regularly commissioned for the Goldners from many of Australia’s leading composers.