Piers Lane is regarded the world over as a master of the piano, a consummate soloist and chamber musician whose interpretations of great works are equal to none. This October 7, he’s joined by violinists Natsuko Yoshimoto and Anne Horton, violist Imants Larsens, and cellist Trish Dean for an evening of high drama, centred on the Brahms Piano Quintet.

Having recorded and performed the work to brilliant effect over the course of his esteemed career, Lane and his fellow musicians will reveal the sublimity and violence at the heart of Brahms’ work. The first movement alone is a shining, complex tapestry of musical themes, taut and controlled, which gives way to a slow movement of infinite tenderness and then a Scherzo of pent-up energy. It all culminates in a headlong, frenzied finale certain to leave listeners breathless. 

Equally atmospheric is Szymanowski’s Second String Quartet, considered one of the composer’s most difficult and avant-garde works. Written for a competition it did not win, and disliked by Szymanowski who had doubts about its value, the Quartet’s singular nature and sense of mystery has long compelled both musicians and audiences. Its sense of dissolution is downright eerie, while the Finale offers only a moment of catharsis.  

It’s paired with Lili Boulanger’s striking Thème et Variations, a work of austere beauty that nevertheless contains bold pianistic gestures. This is another piece that Lane has performed to acclaim, giving it an elegance of expression that only serves to underline its underlying turmoil.  

 

 

Ensemble Q

NATSUKO YAMAMOTO VIOLIN
ANNE HORTON VIOLIN
IMANTS LARSENS VIOLA
TRISH DEAN CELLO

PIERS LANE PIANO

SZYMANOWSKI String Quartet No. 2 (21’)
BOULANGER Thème et Variations (10’)
BRAHMS Piano Quintet (41’)

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

And to our Concert Champions:

  • Ian and Cass George

Performance Details

Dates & Times

Queensland Conservatorium Theatre, Brisbane   7 Oct 7PM

Pricing

A Reserve - Rear Stalls & Balcony $93.00 - $106.00 (Concession/Standard)
B Reserve - Balcony $69.00 - $80.00 (Concession/Standard)
C Reserve - Right & Left Gallery $49.00 - $56.00 (Concession/Standard)
Under 40 (ID Required) $40.00
Family of 4 $100.00 ($25.00 each)

Location

QUEENSLAND CONSERVATORIUM THEATRE

140 Grey St, South Brisbane QLD 4101

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Event notes

Existing Ticketholders

For Brisbane ticketholders to the Goldner String Quartet and Piers Lane on the 7 October, your tickets will be automatically valid for this replacement concert so there's no need for you to do anything. We look forward to seeing you at Queensland Conservatorium Theatre on Thursday 7 October at 7pm.

If you are no longer able to attend or have any other queries, please contact the Box Office on 1800 688 482 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm AEST) or via email at boxoffice@musicaviva.com.au to discuss alternative arrangements.