Musica Viva celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2015 wants to challenge the boundaries of chamber music, presenting music to inspire throughout the year in a venue near you, Music from the heart is the province of Australia’s pre-eminent international Goldner String Quartet. Formed in 1995 and named for Musica Viva‘s founder Richard Goldner, they are helping to redefine the chamber music landscape in Australia.
The stunning Goldner String Quartet features Dene Olding and Dimity Hall (violin), Irina Morozova (viola) and Julian Smiles (cell0) will tour major cities in Australia 23 April – 12 May 2015. The program includes String Quartet No 1 Metamorphoses nocturnes by Gyorgy Sandor Ligety (1923-2006) a Hungarian composer of contemporary classical music, the String Quartet no 3 Commissioned for Musica Viva by the Huntington Estate and friends by Paul Stanhope a leading contemporary composer based in Sydney as well as Ludwig van Beethoven’s hauntingly beautiful String Quartet no 15 in A Minor, op 132.
The Goldner String Quartet are celebrating their own 20th anniversary with this performance. They will present the Stanhope as special ‘video performance’ designed by Sean Bacon who will be joining the creative team for the tour.
Ligety’s music and this piece in particular was considered ‘… too dangerous to perform behind the Iron Curtain; a heartfelt, lyrical offering of thanksgiving after a life-threatening illness. He refused to ‘play by the rules’ extending the boundaries with his sounds of music which can seem like it comes from an other realm, with its ‘unearthly intensity’.
Movie maker Stanley Kubric used his music to start his 2001: A Space Odyssey re-defining the new age.
Richard Goldner’s original vision for Musica Viva has recently been confirmed when it was designated by the Federal Government as a National Flagship amongst the 28 Major Performing Arts Companies throughout Australia. BOOK TICKETS in ADELAIDE, BRISBANE, CANBERRA, MELBOURNE, NEWCASTLE, PERTH AND SYDNEY