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Sibelius, Shostakovich & Ian Munro


Sibelius, Shostakovich & Ian Munro

  • Date: Saturday, 19 November 2016, 2pm
  • Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall — Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Boulevard & Sturt Street, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Premium: $133 | Adult: $112-$71 | Concession: $90-$57 (booking fees apply) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9699 3333

Event Details

Master composers and a world premiere by Ian Munro.

MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop directs members of the orchestra in two Sibelius works: the intimate Rakastava (The Lover), and the sweeping Impromptu. Sibelius was famed for his trenchant opinions. For example, this put-down: ‘Pay no attention to what the critics say. A statue had never been erected in honour of a critic.’ He was refreshingly honest when it came to his own compositions, saying, ‘Whereas most other modern composers are engaged in manufacturing cocktails of every hue and description, I offer the public pure cold water.’

Shostakovich’s anguished Chamber Symphony, Op.73a, is an arrangement for string orchestra of his String Quartet No.8 by the conductor Rudolf Barshai. The work utilises the composer’s famous ‘DSCH’ motif. Music lesson — this motif is derived from the German transliteration of his name, D. SCHostakowitsch. In German notation, E-flat is called ‘es’ and B-natural is H. Thus, DSCH is D, E-flat, C, B. So now you know.

Also included in this program is the world premiere of a flute concerto by eminent Australian composer, soloist and pedagogue, Ian Munro.

Presented by Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.


Jean Sibelius
Rakastava, Op.14

Ian Munro
Flute Concerto (world premiere)


Jean Sibelius

Dmitri Shostakovich arr. Barshai
Chamber Symphony, Op.73a

Featured non-Australian music: Sibelius, Shostakovich

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