DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH – String Quartet No. 6 in G Major Op. 101
ERWIN SCHULHOFF – Five Pieces for String Quartet
LUKE HOWARD – ‘You are not lost, you are here.’
ERWIN SCHULHOFF – String Quartet No. 1
WOJCIECH KILAR – ‘Orawa’
Hailed by The Australian as ‘the real deal’ for the future of Australian chamber music, this youthful and energetic quartet has established a formidable international reputation since its formation in Brisbane in 2007. Quartet-in-Residence for the seventh year with Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra, Orava tours regularly in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Asia in major venues and festivals, often collaborating with prominent musicians such as Mahan Esfahani, Takacs Quartet, Piers Lane, Karin Schaupp and William Barton. It is the first Australian string quartet invited to sign with Universal Music, with its debut album released on Deutsche Grammophon.
This program from the Modern era begins with Shostakovich’s sixth quartet, composed in 1956 whilst on honeymoon with his second wife. Stalin was dead, a cultural thaw in place, and the work is a rare reflection of happiness. Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff’s ‘Five Pieces for String Quartet’, from 1923, comprises a dance suite that includes neoclassical references and also the dissonances, irony and rhythmic drive of the Second Viennese School. The program also includes his first brief String Quartet. A new work from Melbourne pianist, Luke Howard, is based on twenty-eight photographs he shot in Barcelona and London. Finally, Polish classical and film composer Wojciech Kilar’s 1986 ‘Orawa’, named after the river that flows through Poland and Slovakia.
Image: Dylan Evans Photography (courtesy of Universal Music Australia)
DANIEL KOWALIK, Violin
DAVID DALSENO, Violin
THOMAS CHAWNER, Viola
KAROL KOWALIK, Cello