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Liebestod: works by Wagner, Gyger and Fauré

Event

Liebestod: works by Wagner, Gyger and Fauré

  • Date: Thursday, 8 December 2016, 6pm
  • Venue: Salon - Melbourne Recital Centre — Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Standard: $39 | Concession: $29 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

Australia Piano Quartet (APQ) constantly seeks to broaden the piano quartet repertoire by both commissioning new works and making arrangements. This performance will unveil a striking new arrangement of Wagner’s Prelude & Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde, as arranged by Bernard Rofe.

The lush, soloistic qualities of the piano quartet allow Wagner’s expressive vision to find new romance before an dramatic change of gear occurs through the world premiere of Melbourne composer Elliott Gyger’s ‘Shell Chambers’. This extraordinarily cerebral work was commissioned by APQ in 2015, and pushes the ensemble to the precipice of virtuosic possibility.

Bringing APQ’s 2016 season to a close, Faure’s sublime Piano Quartet in C minor is a beloved classic of the literature. Written in the final stages of his brief marriage to the soprano Pauline Viardot – a muse to Berlioz, Liszt, Saint-Saens and Chopin amongst others – this luscious romantic masterpiece draws inspiration from Brahms while presenting its own impassioned French sensibility.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Australia Piano Quartet

Featured non-Australian music: Wagner, Faure

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample Shell chambers : for piano quartet (2016) by Elliott Gyger
— performed by Australia Piano Quartet

Featured artists

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