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Australia Ensemble


Australia Ensemble

  • Date: Saturday, 14 March 2009, 8pm
  • Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium — University of New South Wales, Gate 9, High Street, Kensington, NSW
  • Tickets: $41/$31/$22 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9385 4874

Event Details

Brett Dean, though a string-playing virtuoso himself, chooses to partner a tenor voice wth wind quintet in his cycle of Winter Songs, in which this Queenslander comes to terms with the unfamiliar feel of a northern European winter during his years as a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

Joseph Haydn, a supreme master of instrumental clarity, didn't invent the string quartet but made of it a genre that has inspired almost every great composer since his time. He died 200 years ago with with a longer list of first-class quartets to his name than any other composer. We shall hear one of the last two quartets he completed, a tuneful, springy and beautiful work worthy of starting our celebration of his bicentenary.

Brahms has contributed worthily to the string quartet tradition but is even happier when he adds a piano or wind instrument to the string texture. His trio for horn, vioin and piano is a masterpiece unmatched in its genre for eloquence and power.

Featured non-Australian music: Haydn, Brahms

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9385 4874

Featured Australian Works

Winter songs : for tenor and wind quintet (2000) by Brett Dean
— performed by Australia Ensemble

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