Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Stanhope
- Date: Friday, 6 May 2016 to Saturday, 7 May 2016, 8pm (6 May); 2pm (7 May)
- Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
- Tickets: $134-$39 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 8215 4600
Two vastly different Russian voices meet: Tchaikovsky's elegant Rococo Variations and the fierce and exciting Leningrad Symphony by Shostakovich. And we've invited Paul Stanhope to write a companion work Dawn and Darkness - Cello Concerto. The soloist is a young Armenian cellist, Gold Medal winner in 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, making his Australian debut.
Shostakovich said his mighty Leningrad Symphony was 'how I hear the war'. It was written in a besieged city, its creation an act of defiance. After its premiere in 1942 it was smuggled to the West, its musical and political impact quickly felt everywhere. (The SSO gave the Australian premiere less than 18 months later.) Even today the music is full of emotional power, from a mood of tragedy to the spirit of heroism and hope.
The Rococo Variations for cello and orchestra makes a complete contrast: graceful music inspired by Tchaikovsky's favourite composer, Mozart.
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Featured Australian Works
||Dawn and Darkness : concerto for cello and orchestra (2016) by Paul Stanhope|
— performed by Narek Hakhnazaryan, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Oleg Caetani
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