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

September 22, 2012

 

* SYDNEY

Australia Ensemble at UNSW – concert no 5 of the 2012 series

  • Saturday 22 September 2012 – 8pm
  • WIN TICKETS – email MiSociety with ENSEMBLE in subject line

Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW

  • Peter SCULTHORPE (b 1929): Songs of Sea and Sky for clarinet and piano (1987)
  • Sally BEAMISH (b 1956): Between earth and sea for flute, viola and harp (1997)
  • Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827): Trio for piano, clarinet and cello Opus 11 (1797)
  • Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828): String Quartet in D minor D (Death and the Maiden), D810 (1824)

Rarely have two works seemed as complementary in their response to the vast horizons of sea and water-rimmed land as the pieces that begin this program. Peter Sculthorpe, doyen of Australian composers, responds to the cloud-fringed seascapes of tropical waters to the immediate north of our country in music that borrows, from time to time, a song idiom from Torres Strait islanders. The distinguished Scottish-based Sally Beamish shows comparable gifts for evocative line and painterly tones in her impression of the huge vistas, wild freshness and crystalline stillness produced by the meeting-places of land and sea in her adopted country. Beethoven’s early Opus 11 trio lets us hear from a composer destined to shatter some of the existing norms of music while managing, in the mean time, to learn the language of the most musically cultivated aristocratic society in Europe and to do so in a way that is already outstanding and memorable. Schubert, justly loved for the companionableness of many of his earlier instrumental works, communicates, in contrast, in his D minor (Death and the Maiden) String Quartet, the second of his great final trio of quartets, the lyrical passion and unshackled energy of invention that place him among the first rank of composers.

Whole programme of the Australia Ensemble 2012 concert series

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