CANCELLED Australia Ensemble UNSW Subscription Concert: Contrasts

Guest Artist Elizabeth Layton
Saturday April 18, 8.00pm
Sir John Clancy Auditorium

Please note that this performance has been cancelled in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, in accordance with advice of the Federal and State Governments. All ticket holders will be contacted by our box office team in advance of the scheduled performance.


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

Join us for a pre-concert conversation with Ross Edwards hosted by Paul Stanhope, from 7pm in the foyer of Sir John Clancy Auditorium.

Béla Bartók’s Contrasts presents difference in many ways; in tempo, instrumentation and harmonic structures. The work feature’s Bartók’s inimitable style, but also suggestions of the jazz background of the man it who commissioned it, Benny Goodman. Ross Edwards’ Maninya pieces are built of small rhythmic cells, woven together to reflect the timelessness of the natural world. The Piano Trio Op.70 no.2 is a shining example of Ludwig van Beethoven’s mastery of harnessing contrasting ideas and developing them within an inspired musical architecture. Louise Farrenc was obliged to wait until the end of her career for the Paris Conservatoire to recognise her originality as a musician. An example of the tenacity required of female composers, she first guided many students to successful careers with her skills in piano, harmony and composition.