“The Melbourne Guitar Quartet are a brilliant addition to Australia’s musical landscape. Their combination of innovative arrangements and superb ensemble playing is a joy to listen to. This is exactly what the classical guitar world needs.” Slava Grigoryan - Famed Classical Guitar Virtuoso & Director of the Adelaide International Guitar Festival
“One of the best recordings of my music” Robert Davidson - Leading Australian Composer
“Melbourne Guitar Quartet gives a fresh interpretation (of Omphalo Centric Lecture), rhythmic vitality and a groove that would put many percussion ensembles to shame.” Nigel Westlake - Preeminent Australian Composer
Winter in the Forgotten Valley celebrates the work of some of Australia’s leading composers who established and nurtured the quintessence of Australian guitar music.
This highly unique program is a rare opportunity to experience Australian guitar music and is well suited for admirers of not only Australian works but all chamber music enthusiasts.
From Nigel Westlake’s rhythmic and colourful Winter in the Forgotten Valley to Robert Davidson’s incredibly evocative River and Cliffs, MGQ explores a landscape of hypnotic interweaving textures, pulsating bass lines and rhythmic vitality; the blend of bass, baritone, standard and treble guitars in Phillip Houghton’s tour de force, News From Nowhere is pure enchantment. Revisiting their acclaimed arrangement of Westlake’s life affirming Omphalo Centric Lecture, culminates in a highly energetic and vibrant celebration of a pioneering all-Australian program set to inspire and thrill.
"Wow! Just wow! I never knew the guitar could sound like that! It was like we had an entire orchestra in our loungeroom. Our guests, Andrei and I were simply blown away! We do hope you can come back again!" - Jane Dimov, VIC
"What a splendid evening! Fine music and fine company, what more could we ask for?" - Paul Dean, VIC
"This is such a great concept! We have been long time fans of you guys and I still can't believe we had THE Melbourne Guitar Quartet perform in our home! I'll never forget this experience" - Barry Cohen, VIC