Australia Ensemble subscription concert - Fantasy and Variations: April 8, 8pm

Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW

Fantasy and Variations


Carl Vine (b 1954): Fantasia (2013) for piano and strings

Carl Nielsen (1865-1931): Wind Quintet Op.43 (1922)

Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986): Prelude, Recitatif et Variations Op.3 (1928)

Wolfgang Mozart (1756-1791): Clarinet Quintet in A K581 (1789)           

The free-flowing Fantasy is related to the more structured Variations form, and both are explored through a sumptuous variety of styles in this program. Carl Vine’s beautifully crafted Fantasia for Piano Quintet exploits ever-changing, subtle permutations of a music kernel heard in the opening of this masterful work.  Permutations provide the basis of the variations form, explicitly apparent in the theme and variations of the neo-classical Wind Quintet of Carl Nielsen – one of the best compositions of its ilk. Meanwhile the lush French sound-world of Maurice Duruflé acts as a delicious contrast to the humour and delight found in Mozart’s famous Clarinet Quintet.


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

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