ASO: Fateful Tchaikovsky & Brett Dean
- Date: Friday, 16 June 2017, 8pm
- Venue: Adelaide Town Hall — 128 King William St, Adelaide, SA
- Tickets: Adults: $70 - $115 | Children: $35 - $45 | Concession: $60 - $99 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (08) 8233 6233
No-one does heart-on-the-sleeve honesty like Tchaikovsky. In his enduringly popular Fourth Symphony, the iron hand of Fate looms over the tenderness of the human heart. Is there any escape from that opening monolithic brass fanfare? Adelaide favourite Li-Wei Qin, armed with only a cello, leads the desperate fight against a similar shadow of doom in Shostakovich’s First Cello Concerto. Its elegiac slow movement is all the more devastating for its softness, as though crying out from behind glass.
Leading Australian composer Brett Dean – who, with Nicholas Carter, has spent much time in Berlin – is known for his incredibly vivid and dramatic music. Amphitheatre is an aural fantasy that wanders amidst ancient Roman ruins – it’s as though you can hear the giant weathered stones telling of their past.
Featured non-Australian music: Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky
Featured Australian Works
||Amphitheatre : scene for orchestra (2000) by Brett Dean|
— performed by Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Nicholas Carter
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