…their performance delivered in spades the ‘emotional lyricism’ that comes from musicians playing a piece specifically written for them. Limelight Magazine
One of the world's leading chamber groups, the Goldner String Quartet have consistently championed the music of Australian composers since their formation in the 1990s.
In the concert hall, they have premiered a number of works by three Faber composers: Peter Sculthorpe, Carl Vine, and Matthew Hindson.
And on disc, they have notably recorded three whole albums of Sculthorpe's quartets, and also released a feature-length DVD with the composer, surveying his quartet output. Another acclaimed ABC Classics release has seen them championing the first 5 of Vine's quartets.
In this, their delayed 25th anniversary season, they are performing works by both Sculthorpe and Hindson across Australia, including a world premiere.
This month, in the Buda Historic House in Ballarat (as part of the Castlemaine State Festival), they gave the first performance on 21 March of Hindson's duo Andante Amoroso for violin and viola (for husband and wife, Dene Olding and Irina Morozova):
'An absolute highlight for this reviewer was the thrill of having Matthew Hindson in the audience for the debut of his work… He was justifiably delighted with the result. Olding had asked for a beautiful viola melody for his wife to play, and their performance delivered in spades the ‘emotional lyricism’ that comes from musicians playing a piece specifically written for them.'Limelight Magazine (Elizabeth Quinn), 23 March 2021
It’s the second of two Hindson duo commissions from the quartet. The first - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (for violinist Dimity Hall, and cellist husband, Julian Smiles) was premiered by them in 2018.
On the previous day they gave a performance at the festival of Hindson's Celebration (String Quartet No 5), written for them in 2017. And they perform this work again at the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui (NSW) on 3 April.
Meanwhile, they revisit the quartet arrangement (by David Matthews) of Sculthorpe's much-loved Small Town in a concert in Blackheath (NSW) on 23 April.
And on 31 July they include both Sculthorpe's much-loved 11th Quartet (Jabiru Dreaming) and the aforementioned Hindson duo 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 in their programme at the opening event of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music in Townsville, Queensland.