Australia Ensemble UNSW 2022 Subscription Concert: An Anniversary Bouquet

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Saturday April 9, 8.00pm to 9.30pm
Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Four composers, four significant birthdays, celebrated in music written in youthful spirits by Vaughan Williams and Xenakis or with the wisdom of maturity, as in Debussy’s popular Première rhapsodie, or that suffuses César Franck’s late passionate masterpiece, the Piano Quintet.

Claude DEBUSSY | Première rhapsodie (1909-10)

Iannis XENAKIS | Dhipli Zyia (1952)

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | Quintet in D (1898)

César FRANCK | Piano Quintet in F minor Op.14 (1879)

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

with guest artist Robert Johnson, horn

Vaughan Williams wrote his Quintet in 1897, before the immersion in folksong and Tudor-era church music that formed his unique voice. It’s a fascinating document of his life-long admiration for Brahms and ‘the immense heights he set himself to scale.’

A leader of the 20th-century avant-garde, Iannis Xenakis never lost sight of his roots in Greek culture. Dhipli Zyia from 1951 is a short Bartókian duo driven by the characteristic rhythms of Greek and Balkan folk-music.

Around 1910 Debussy wrote his Première rhapsodie as an examination piece for clarinet students at the Paris Conservatoire, and explored the instrument’s full gamut of expression. 

Debussy adored César Franck’s ‘wise, calm genius’; Vincent D’Indy comparedhim to ‘the modest and admirable craftsmen’ who built France’s cathedrals. Franck himself admitted to more earthly passions, especially for the young composer Augusta Holmès, which he poured out in his Piano Quintet. One early listener, at least, claimed to have been ravished by this highly-charged music.



Adult $242 | Senior $186 | Concession $147

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Single tickets on sale Monday 14 February 2022

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