|May 15, 2010|
Australia Ensemble – 3rd Program of 2010 season; Maurice RAVEL, Andrew SCHULTZ, Johannes BRAHMS.
- Saturday May 15 at 8pm
- Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW
Bohuslav MARTINU Sextetfor flute, clarinet, oboe, two bassoons & piano
Maurice RAVEL Chansons madecasses
Andrew SCHULTZ Septet no.2 (Circle Ground)
Johannes BRAHMS String Sextet in G majorOpus 36
Belonging to the years between the two world wars of the 20th century, Martin?’s sextet for woodwind and piano is a particularly enjoyable entry in the copious creative diary of an impressionable Czech composer of high talent who effortlessly took in major musical developments in western Europe while retaining a persistent, mostly unobtrusive flavour of his own origins. Ravel, here giving quasi-dramatic voice to the stirrings of colonial revolt in vividly prophetic manner, was one of the composers who caused Paris to exert a magnetic pull on Martin? before he had to flee from Nazi barbarism.
Andrew Schultz’s second septet, subtitled Circle Ground, is one of the strongest chamber works commissioned by the Australia Ensemble and is having an overdue revival in this program. Brahms was never happier than deploying the steep and complex sonorities of six chamber strings and reaches an unsurpassable level of songful eloquence in the second of his two great string sextets.
Slightly bigger-than-usual chamber ensembles dominate the Australia
Ensemble’s third program of 2010.
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