On The Vine – April 2015
As Musica Viva celebrates its seventieth year in 2015 so the Goldner String Quartet, named in honour of our founder Richard Goldner, celebrates its twentieth. Few classical ensembles manage to last this long without a single change in personnel, while the Sydney-based Goldner Quartet seems to grow ever stronger. Our International Concert Season focuses on the best musicians in the world, and we are incredibly fortunate to have just such a world-class ensemble in our own backyard.
The Goldners were keen to mark this special anniversary with newly commissioned music, and Paul Stanhope’s third string quartet, “Dirrari”, was generously crowd-funded by the audience of the Huntington Estate Music Festival specifically for the occasion. As we now move well into the 21st century, the Goldners also wanted to include a masterwork of the 20th century, the first string quartet (1954) of György Ligeti.
I was keen for the Goldners to show off their brilliance at interpreting Beethoven on this tour, and there was much discussion about which of his works they would be content playing over and over again on one of our gruelling national concert tours. They decided that there is one work of which they could never grow tired, and so each concert ends with one of the greatest works ever written for string quartet, Beethoven’s 15th.
Carl Vine AO
The Goldner String Quartet tour Australia 21 April – 12 May. For more information, and to book your tickets, please visit: www.musicaviva.com.au/GoldnerSQ