2020 Season | Beethoven and Beyond

 Now forty years young, the Australia Ensemble sets its eyes on a season celebrating Beethoven’s Semiquincentennial or 250th birthday. Our 2020 season is about visionaries, with Beethoven as the central pillar, performing a range of his mature works as well as lesser-known works to round out the experience. We also explore the sort of eclectic programming and diverse instrumental combinations for which the ensemble is well-renowned, in addition to uncovering some less-familiar gems by nineteenth century composers Franz Berwald and Louise Farrenc.

From the canon of established master-pieces we revel in Schumann’s highly-favoured Piano Quartet as well as the supremely dramatic Shostakovich Piano Quintet and the elegiac and heartfelt Brahms Horn Trio. Elena Kats-Chernin’s dramatic Velvet Revolution (written for the same combination of instruments) is about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ensuing dramas and turmoil, and is one of six Australian pieces programmed, including a newly commissioned work by young Sydney-based composer Holly Harrison whose energetic compositions reference popular music forms that have excited ensembles all around the world.

But not everything is as serious as a Beethoven marble statue: there is plenty of opportunity for light and shade. Levity abounds in the music of Jean Françaix, heard twice in our season, while we are also delighted to reprise Carl Vine’s witty and much-loved Café Concertino, a piece the Australia Ensemble has performed all around the world. We are also happy to welcome Robert Macfarlane to share our stage, whose light and flexible tenor voice is renowned for its clarity and diction, and he is well known for his dramatic performances.

We invite you to enjoy this season and share in our vision and thank you, our audience, for your great support and passion.

Paul Stanhope

Artistic Chair 


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3 CARLA BLACKWOOD
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

 

Elena KATS-CHERNIN | Velvet Revolution (1999)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | String Quintet Op.29 ‘Storm’ (1801)

Franz SCHREKER | Der Wind (1909)

Franz BERWALD | Grand Septet in B flat (1828)

 

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

with guest artists Carla Blackwood, horn; Tobias Breider, viola; Lyndon Watts, bassoon; and Andrew Meisel, double bass

 

4 ELIZABETH LAYTON
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

 

Louise FARRENC | Trio for flute, cello and piano Op. 45 (1857)

Béla BARTÓK | Contrasts (1938)

Ross EDWARDS | Incantations for wind quintet (1985 rev. 2006)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | Piano Trio Op.70 no.2 (1808)

 

Geoffrey Collins, flute; David Griffiths, clarinet; and Ian Munro, piano

with guest artists Elizabeth Layton, violin; Paul Stender, cello; Huw Jones, oboe; Robert Johnson, horn; and Andrew Barnes, bassoon

 

2 LYNDON WATTS
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | Quintet in E flat Op.16 for piano and winds (1796)

Ralph VAUGHAN WILLIAMS | On Wenlock Edge (1909)

Paul STANHOPE | Songs for the Shadowland (1999)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | String quartet in E minor, Op.59 no.2 (1810)

 

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

with guest artists Robert Macfarlane, tenor; Shefali Prior, oboe; Carla Blackwood, horn; Lyndon Watts, bassoon

 

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Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

 

Carl VINE | Café Concertino (1984)

Jean FRANÇAIX | Sixtuor (1992)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | String Trio Op.9 no.1 (1797-98)

Johannes BRAHMS | Horn Trio in E flat, Op.40 (1865)

 

Geoffrey Collins, flute; David Griffiths, clarinet; and Ian Munro, piano

with guest artists Andrew Haveron, violin; Tobias Breider, viola; Umberto Clerici, cello; Shefali Prior, oboe; Alexander Morris, bass clarinet; Andrew Barnes, bassoon; and Carla Blackwood, horn

 

12 ALISON PRATT
Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

 

Kevin PUTS | And Legions Will Rise (2001)

Peter SCULTHORPE | Dream Tracks (1992)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | Sonata no.3 in A major for cello and piano, Op.69 (1808)

Robert SCHUMANN | Piano Quartet in E flat Op.47 (1842)

 

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

with guest artist Alison Pratt, marimba

 

Book your subscription by calling our box office on 02 9385 4874. Single tickets on sale on Saturday 1 February.

 

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Location: Sir John Clancy Auditorium

 

Holly HARRISON | New work (2020)

Dmitry SHOSTAKOVICH | Piano Quintet in G minor Op.57 (1940)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | Kakadu Variations Op. 121a (1803)

Jean FRANÇAIX | Dixtuor (1987)

 

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

with guest artists Huw Jones, oboe; Andrew Barnes, bassoon; Carla Blackwood, horn; and Andrew Meisel, double bass