JAKUB JANKOWSKI – New work for String Quartet, Commissioned for Musica Viva Australia by the Adelaide Commissioning Circle
ANTONIN DVORÁK – String Quartet No. 12 (American) in F Major, Op. 96
EDWARD ELGAR – Piano Quintet in A Minor, Op. 84
DENE OLDING, Violin
DIMITY HALL, Violin
IRINA MOROZOVA, Viola
JULIAN SMILES, Cello
PIERS LANE, Piano
Formed in 1995 in honour of Richard Goldner, the founder of Musica Viva Australia, The Goldner String Quartet has a widespread and long-standing recognition for excellence, as not only Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet, but as an ensemble of international significance. Still with all four founding members, the Quartet’s stability of membership is enjoyed by few ensembles.
London-based Australian pianist Piers Lane stands out as an engaging and highly versatile performer in solo, chamber and concerto repertoire. Piers has recently been appointed the new Artistic Director of the Sydney International Piano Competition. Prior to this, he was the Artistic Director of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. He has recorded over sixty CDs, primarily with Hyperion Records.
Young Adelaide composer Jakub Jankowski’s new String Quartet is followed by one of the most popular works in all chamber music, Dvorák’s ‘American’ quartet, which assimilates both Bohemian and Afro-American folk influences into its bright, celebratory texture. Elgar’s big bold Piano Quintet, inspired by the rural beauty of his country retreat, is unabashedly romantic with an expansive symphonic sweep.
Photograph: Keith Saunders