Australia Ensemble subscription concert - Transfigured Night: March 19, 8pm

Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW

Joaquín TURINA (1882-1949): Circulo Op.91 (1942)

Don BANKS (1923-1980): Prologue, Night Piece and Blues for Two (1968)

Luigi DALLAPICCOLA (1904-1975): Piccola musica notturna (1954)

Ravi SHANKAR (1920-2012): L'Aube Enchantée (The Enchanted Dawn) (1976)

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Notturno D897 in E flat Op.148 (c.1827)

Arnold SCHOENBERG (1874-1951): Verklärte Nacht Op.4 (Transfigured Night) (1899)

Guest artists: Alice Giles, harp; Ngaire de Korte, oboe; Josephine Allan, celeste; David Stanhope, conductor; Justin Williams, viola; Umberto Clerici, cello

Arnold Schoenberg’s masterful string sextet Verkärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) is an early work reflecting this composer’s interest and mastery of late Romantic musical idioms. Inspired by a poem of the expressionist poet, Richard Dehmel, it is notable for its restless expression of highly emotional states in a musical language that would soon make way for a radical departure in style. It is a sumptuous work in a program devoted to illustrations of contrasts between day and night, beginning with Joaquín Turina’s Circulo suggesting the cyclical aspects of a day passing into night. We move from Australian composer Don Banks’ quirky jazz-inflected modernism through to the masterful Indian sitar player and composer, Ravi Shankar’s L’Aube Enchantée (The Enchanted Dawn), via the atmospheric impressions of night by Dallapiccola and Schubert. 

Single tickets $50/$38/$30/$15 (Adult/Senior/Concession/Student rush)

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Alice Giles, harp


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