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

May 19, 2012



Australia Ensemble at UNSW – concert no 3 of the 2012 series

  • Saturday 19 May 2012 – 8pm
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Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW

  • Wolfgang MOZART (1756-1791): Sonata for flute, violin, viola and cello in C K285b (1778)
  • Paquito D’RIVERA (b 1948): Aires tropicales for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (1971)
  • Peggy GLANVILLE-HICKS (1912-1990): Profiles from China for tenor, piano, string quartet and double bass (1945) -100th anniversary of the composer’s birth
  • Pyotr Il’yich TCHAIKOVSKY (1840-1893): Piano Trio in A minor Opus 50 (1882)

Cuba, Australia, Austria and Russia are represented by the four composers of the music in this program. Flavours of Caribbean melody and rhythm, combined with a North American sophistication, are contributed by the Cuban-born Paquito D’Rivera, whose career has found its base in and near New York. The Melbourne-born Peggy Glanville-Hicks also pursued a highly respected career in New York as composer and critic but always wished her achievements to be credited to her native country and returned to live in Sydney for the last years of her life. Her succinct Profiles from China, which will recognise the 100th anniversary of her birth, reflects her active interest in non-European subjects and styles but in this case does so through setting the words of an American poet. Mozart’s works designed primarily for light-hearted entertainment almost always contain special musical delights, as in the three movements chosen from his F major Divertimento K247 for strings and two horns, while Tchaikovsky’s A minor Piano Trio, probably this composer’s greatest piece of chamber music, pours out music and feeling on a scale fitting Tchaikovsky’s volcanically active temperament and his deeply-seated wish to honour the memory of the Russian pianist and musical educator Nikolay Rubinstein.

Whole programme of the Australia Ensemble 2012 concert series


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