Australian String Quartet with Daniel de Borah (Piano)
The Australian String Quartet opens its program with a work by the doyen of Australian composers, Peter Sculthorpe, inspired by the starkly beautiful landscape of Kakadu and its inhabitants.
From Australia’s unique interior to the sunlit uplands of old Bohemia: few composers wrote music in all genres which radiated such spontaneous warmth and charm as Antonin Dvořák. Even by his exalted standards, the Op 51 String Quartet is full of gorgeous melodies where exuberance is masterfully fused with poignant tenderness.
The program culminates with one of Dmitri Shostakovich’s towering chamber masterpieces: the Piano Quintet, Op 57, composed during the fateful year 1940 and described as “a last ray of hope” for Russia. It is a work of grand symphonic proportions combining the composer’s hallmark skittish humour and austere dignity with an underlying tension.
Sculthorpe: String Quartet No 11
Dvořák: String Quartet No 10 in E Flat Major, Op 51
Shostakovich: Piano Quintet: Op 57
PAUL GRABOWSKY INTRODUCES TOWARDS LIGHT
Adelaide Town Hall
Wed 7 Mar 6.10pm
Wed 7 Mar 7pm
110 minutes (including interval)
Adult $59, Friends $52
Concession $45, Student $22
Assistive listening systems
Adelaide Town Hall
Violins: Kristian Winther — Anne Horton
Viola: Stephen King
Cello: Rachel Johnston
Piano: Daniel de Borah (guest artist)
Presented in association with Adelaide Festival
Photo: Jacqui Way
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