Paul Terracini | conductor Marina Marsden | violin
VERDI La Forza del Destino: Overture MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E minor BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 in F major
From the first chords of Verdi’s drama of love, loyalty and revenge, his genius for developing musical tension instantly sets the scene for an evening full of wide-ranging emotions. The lyricism and effervescence of the Mendelssohn concerto are irresistible, and paved the way for much of the Romantic violin literature that was to follow. Brahms, in a masterpiece that was both harmonically and structurally adventurous, explores the full gamut of moods from melancholy to rapturous joy.
Paul Terracini | conductor Benjamin Mellefont | clarinet
Amy Corkery | soprano Anna Dowsley | mezzo-soprano Simon Gilkes | tenor Alexander Knight | bass
Penrith City Choir Penrith City Youth Choir
MOZART Così fan tutte: Overture MOZART Symphony No 35 in D major (Haffner) WEBER Clarinet Concerto No 1 in F minor HAYDN Missa in Angustiis (Nelson Mass)
The witty exuberance of Mozart’s overture to a comic tale of fickle young lovers, and the gracefulness of the Haffner Symphony, epitomise the familiar elegance of Classical Vienna. In stark contrast to this is the climate of intense fear in which Haydn, just a few years later, wrote his Missa in Angustiis (‘Mass for troubled times’): under threat from Napoleon’s armies, the mood in Vienna was one of foreboding. Breaking free from the Classical mould is the expressive Romanticism of Weber, in which we showcase the virtuosic talent of one of Australia’s finest young clarinettists.
BERLIOZ Rakoczy March RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Concerto for Trombone BIZET L’Arlésienne Suite No 1 KOEHNE To His servant Bach God grants a final glimpse: the morning star WAGENSEIL Concerto for Trombone KHACHATURIAN Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia MUSSORGSKY Night on a Bald MountainFrom Hungary’s unofficial anthem, the Rakoczy March, to the local folk music of Arles, in Provence, this is a program rich in geographical and cultural associations. Slavery and seafaring in the ancient world are depicted in music from Khachaturian’s Spartacus, while Mussorgsky’s setting of Gogol’s tale of occult rituals and the witches’ Sabbath is full of excitement. Combined with a relatively scarce opportunity to hear the noble sound of the trombone featured as a virtuoso instrument, this program offers limitless material for the fertile imagination.
(Repeat performance at Camden Civic Centre on Sunday 6 November at 4.00pm)
TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet: Overture MOZART Piano Concerto No 23 in A major KOEHNE Divertissement: trois pièces bourgeoises
WAGNER Prelude to Tristan and Isolde RESPIGHI Le Fontane di RomaMythical accounts of tragic love have fuelled the human imagination since time immemorial. Both Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet Overture and Wagner’s Prelude to Tristan and Isolde explore the depths of human experience at levels rarely equalled. No less steeped in legend is Le Fontane di Roma, in which Respighi seems to animate majestically the city’s great historical and legendary personages and the buildings and roads they inhabited. Mozart’s characteristically elegant and transparent Piano Concerto No 23 will provide a striking contrast to such emotional intensity, while this program provides the second opportunity this season to sample music by Graeme Koehne, one of Australia’s leading post-modernist composers.