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Goldner String Quartet & Piers Lane

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22 Sep - 9 Oct 2021

Both Dvořák and Korngold had the most marvellous and engaging responses to the USA they encountered in the 1890s and 1930s respectively. Dvořák composed this quartet in an astonishingly productive couple of weeks, reacting with childlike enthusiasm to the sounds he encountered on a rare family holiday in the countryside. Korngold’s circumstances could not be more different, for in America he found a safe haven from the encroaching political threats in his native Vienna, thereafter changing the sound of his adopted land. 

How fitting to see these pieces programmed alongside two other distinctive and original masterpieces for piano quintet – and throwing into relief the mature and individual voice of young Australian composer Jakub Jankowski. And how brilliant to have them performed by the Goldner Quartet and Piers Lane – long-time friends, colleagues, collaborators – who for so long have championed the old and the new with utter commitment.


Program 1

Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne Weekend, Newcastle, Sydney Weekend

KORNGOLD Piano Quintet in E, Op. 15 (1921)
JANKOWSKI String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kairos’ (2020)*
BRAHMS Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 (1864)

Program 2

Melbourne Weekday, Perth, Sydney Weekday

JANKOWSKI String Quartet No. 1 ‘Kairos’ (2020)*
DVOŘÁK String Quartet No. 12 in F, Op. 96 ‘American’ (1893)
ELGAR Piano Quintet in A minor, Op. 84 (1918-19)

*Commissioned for Musica Viva by the Adelaide Commissioning Circle. World premiere performances. 

Jakub Jankowski

A new work from Jakub Jankowski is always worth the wait: on the page it may innocently say ‘string quartet’, but his immensely creative imagination can’t resist taking the audience in an unexpected direction. Jakub’s quartet, ‘Kairos’, was written for the Goldner String Quartet for their national tour with Piers Lane.

Jakub Jankowski is an Adelaide composer of primarily chamber and orchestral music. Many of his recent works have been championed by prestigious musicians from Australia and abroad, at events including the Tongyeong International Music Festival (2019), the Huntington Estate Music Festival (2019), the Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival (2018), the Musica Viva Festival (2017) and the London International Mime Festival (2016).

To our Ensemble Patrons the Berg Family Foundation for its support of this tour.

And to our Concert Champions:

  • Dr Susan Marsden & Michael Szwarcbord (Adelaide)
  • Ian and Cass George (Brisbane)
  • Dr Victor Wayne and Dr Karen Wayne OAM (Melbourne)
  • Gay Bookallil (Newcastle)
  • Valerie and Michael Wishart (Perth)
  • The Tribe Family, and Dr Jennifer Donald and Mr Stephen Burford (Sydney)

A Conversation with Old Friends 

Watch as the Goldner String Quartet - Australia’s pre-eminent string quartet, and an ensemble of international standing - journey back through our archives, reminiscing about moments and memories from their extraordinary twenty-five years together.

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