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What’s on in Sydney for classical music – Australia Ensemble

August 18, 2012



Australia Ensemble at UNSW – concert no 4 of the 2012 series

  • Saturday 18 August 2012 – 8pm
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Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW

  • Claude DEBUSSY (1862-1918):Sonata for cello and piano (1915) – 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth
  • Antonín DVO?ÁK (1841-1904): Terzetto for two violins and viola in C, Opus 74: B148 (1887)
  • Carl VINE (b 1954): Sonata for flute and piano (2003)
  • Johannes BRAHMS (1833-1897): Clarinet Quintet Opus 115 in B minor (1891)

Debussy’s cello sonata, one of the instrumental masterpieces of the last years of his life, provides – with its shadowy, light-flecked glimpses of eloquence – a wholly different-sounding musical impression of the cult of the Pierrot figure from the one Australia Ensemble audiences heard in the group’s exceptionally theatricalised version of Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire early in 2011. It is also a world away from the straightforward homeliness of style in the Terzetto of Antonín Dvo?ák, written for the composer and a couple of his friends to play and full of the references to Czech song and dance idioms that came readily to a musician who seemed to have the art of writing memorable tunes at his fingertips whenever he put pen to manuscript paper. Carl Vine’s typically elegant and well-written flute sonata is a shapely upbeat to the Clarinet Quintet of Brahms, one of the summits of music and one of the two chamber works (the other being by Mozart) that seem to many listeners to embody the soul of the clarinet and the ultimate felicity of its union with a quartet of strings.

Whole programme of the Australia Ensemble 2012 concert series


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