WILLIAM WALTON – Piano Quartet in D minor
ANDREW LEATHWICK – New work
JOHANNES BRAHMS – Piano Quartet No 3, op 60
ANDREW LEATHWICK, Piano/Composer
WILMA SMITH, Violin
CAROLINE HENBEST, Viola
ALEXANDRA PARTRIDGE, Cello
One of the great pleasures of a Wilma and Friends concert is hearing musicians who would not otherwise be performing together. On this occasion, the acclaimed violinist is joined by three musicians associated with the Australian National Academy of Music. Pianist and composer, Andrew Leathwick has won many awards, including the New Zealand National Concerto Competition. Violist, Caroline Henbest, came to Australia from Britain as principal viola with the Australian Chamber Orchestra. New Zealander, Alexandra Partridge, was selected last year as an Australian Chamber Orchestra Emerging Artist and toured Germany with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
The program contrasts youth and maturity. Walton’s Piano Quartet, completed in 1919 when the composer was sixteen years old, is a rarely-heard work of great rhythmic inventiveness and ‘haphazard energy’, as one critic put it. It sets the pace for Andrew Leathwick’s new work, especially commissioned for this tour, which is also inspired by the rhythms of dance. From there, we go back to the nineteenth century for a work that is both youthful and mature. The young Brahms began his third piano quartet during Robert Schumann’s final illness, when Brahms was torn between despair for his friend and love for his friend’s wife. He then put it aside for nearly two decades before reworking it with extensive revisions, keeping the anguish and passion of his initial conception.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the venue 30 minutes prior to the performance.