Previous Performances

 

2016
 

 

NELSON MASS
SATURDAY OCTOBER 1st 2016, 7.30PM
CITY RECITAL HALL

 

Joseph Haydn wrote his ‘Nelson’ Mass for a world in turmoil: Napoleon’s armies were sweeping across Europe and had reached almost to the gates of Vienna. Haydn’s response was to write music of serenity and confidence, the trumpets of war transformed into fanfares of joy.

Sharing the program with Haydn is Australian composer Ross Edwards, whose Missa Alchera reveals deep connections between time, ritual, place and the Dreaming of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

 
 

DIXIT DOMINUS
SATURDAY MAY 28TH 2016, 7.30PM
CITY RECITAL HALL

 

Handel’s Dixit Dominus is a dazzling hymn of joy and praise. Bach’s cantata Christ lag in Todesbanden is a richly solemn journey from darkness to resplendent light, exploring the mystery of life and death itself in intricate counterpoint and soaring melody. Pēteris Vasks’ Prayer is an ecstatic invocation of the power of love to overcome misery and despair. 

 
 

CARMINA BURANA
SATURDAY MARCH 19TH 2016, 7.30PM
CITY RECITAL HALL

Machaut’s Messe de Notre Dame is one of the masterpieces of medieval music, its glorious resonances reaching out to us undimmed across six and a half centuries.

Carl Orff offers a different view of the Middle Ages with his choral tour-de-force Carmina Burana. Greed, gluttony, lust and laughter are celebrated with music as bold as it is beautiful – and even more thrilling in Orff’s own mighty arrangement for pianos and percussion.


2015
 

 

PASSION + RESURRECTION
SUNDAY 29 MARCH 2015, 3PM

This program focuses on the Easter themes of sacrifice and new hope in an exploration of startling musical contrasts. At its heart is the Australian premiere of Passion and Resurrection, by leading younger-generation Latvian composer, Eriks Ešenvalds. Heralded in Gramophone magazine as a work of sublime beauty and originality, it reflects on the ancient mysteries of death and new life through a series of poetic statements woven into an impressive tapestry of sound.

 
 

CREATIVITY + LOSS
SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2015, 3PM

This concert has as its theme the ambiguous relationship between creativity and loss, explored through the prism of music written in response to grief. Brahms' German Requiem, one of the great Romantic choral works, was inspired by the death of the composer's mother, and also perhaps by the untimely death of Brahms' friend, mentor and rival Robert Schumann, whose mental illness had led to his confinement in a lunatic asylum. Out of profound sorrow came a work full of consolation and comfort. The Requiem is performed here in a version created by Brahms for accompaniment by piano duet.

 
 

SIX TIMES THREE
SUNDAY 6 SEPTEMBER 2015, 3PM

Three exquisite part-songs by Debussy and three by Ravel; three heavenly motets and three utterly earthly madrigals; and six modern Australian composers: three women, and three men. Six musical threesomes, each in sparkling conversation with the others, across the centuries and around the world.


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