Australia Ensemble UNSW 2023 Subscription Concert: On Song

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Saturday April 15, 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Songs encapsulate some of our deepest emotions, from the despair of John Dowland consoled by Paul Stanhope’s new work, Vaughan Williams’s meditations on life and mortality, through to pure joy in works by Beethoven and Ravel. 

John DOWLAND | In Darkness Let me Dwell (1610/17) 

Wenzel MÜLLER | Ich bin der Schneider Kakadu (1794) 

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN| Kakadu Variations for Piano Trio in G major, Op. 121a (1803) 

Paul STANHOPE | Out of Darkness: Dawn (2021) 

Maurice RAVEL | Cinq melodies populaires grecques (1904-6) arr. Vine (2002) 

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | On Wenlock Edge (1909) 

David Griffiths, clarinet; Dene Olding, violin; Dimity Hall, violin; Irina Morozova, viola; Julian Smiles, cello; and Ian Munro, piano 

with guest artist Andrew Goodwin, tenor; and Emeritus artist Geoffrey Collins, flute

 Vaughan Williams’s great song cycle reflects his love of British folk-song and his recent studies with Maurice Ravel in Paris. The songs, to nostalgic poems by A E Housman, stress the fragility of life and happiness. By contrast, the setting of Greek folk-songs – in French – by his mentor Ravel is bright and joyful, celebrating life and love, food and dancing. The songs have been arranged for the Ensemble especially by long-time friend and associate Carl Vine. 

‘I am the tailor Kakadu’ was the hit from Wenzel Müller’s 1794 musical play, The Sisters from Prague. Beethoven borrowed it to produce his ten ‘Kakadu’ Variations which explore a huge range of moods. 

Elizabethan-era composer John Dowland wrote lute songs of profound emotion: his extraordinary In Darkness Let me Dwell is a harrowing portrait of a soul in depressive despair. Paul Stanhope’s trio movingly uses material from Dowland’s song as a corrective, working through its pain to re-emerge in the light of dawn.  


To subscribe to our season, please click on the button above, or contact the box office (02) 9385 4874. 

Single Tickets are available for purchase from 13 February: Adult $56 | Senior $43 | Concession $34