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SSO: Sculthorpe and Stravinsky - The Firebird


SSO: Sculthorpe and Stravinsky - The Firebird

  • Date: Wednesday, 10 August 2016, 8pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: Adult: $99-$39 (ticket packages available) — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8215 4600

Event Details

With Stravinsky's Firebird ballet music and Szymanowski's first violin concerto, this is a concert that overflows with sumptuous harmonies and ecstatic effects.

The Firebird ballet made the young Stravinsky a celebrity. You can hear the influence of his teacher Rimsky-Korsakov (think Scheherazade) but there are all the signs of a truly original voice in the making. The music mixes Russian folk influences, exotic harmonies and brilliant use of the orchestra to absolutely delicious effect.

Szymanowski gave the world the first modern violin concerto and it shares with Firebird an opulence and magical use of colour. Ravishing! Peter Sculthorpe, in his first SSO commission in 1965, captured the implacable brightness of the Australian sun, with a compelling musical language that laid the foundations for a distinctive Australian sound.

Fantastically evocative music by three 20th-century composers who were putting themselves on the musical map.


Sun Music I

Violin Concerto No.1

The Firebird - Ballet (1910)

Featured non-Australian music: Stravinsky, Szymanowski

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 8215 4600 or by email to info@sydneysymphony.com

Featured Australian Works

Sun music I : for orchestra (1965) by Peter Sculthorpe
— performed by Sydney Symphony Orchestra and David Robertson

Featured artists

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