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20th-Century Masters


20th-Century Masters

  • Date: Sunday, 3 July 2011, 8pm
  • Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall — Melbourne Recital Centre, Cnr Southbank Blvd & Sturt St, Southbank, VIC
  • Tickets: Tickets can be purchased online

Event Details

Andrew Wailes - conductor
Amir Farid - pianoforte
Stefan Cassomenos - pianoforte
Jacqueline Porter - soprano
Gerard Schneider - tenor
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir
The Australian Children's Choir
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra

Benjamin Britten Saint Nicolas Cantata Op. 42
Gerard Finzi In terra Pax op. 39
Gerard Finzi Eclogue for Piano and String Orchestra Op. 10
Percy Grainger Irish tune from County Derry for choir and string orchestra
Percy Grainger Country Gardens
Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

Benjamin Britten’s dramatic cantata ‘Saint Nicolas’ (1948) depicts the faith, the miracles and the enduring legacy and legendary incidents in the life of the patron saint of children, seamen, and travelers. Gerard Finzi composed ‘In Terra Pax’ in 1954. A radiant, optimistic work of great beauty; the cantata is widely regarded as a miniature masterpiece and will be complemented by his charming ‘Eclogue for piano and String Orchestra’ featuring talented pianist Amir Farid. The haunting Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten was composed by Arvo Pärt as an elegy to mourn the death of Britten who Pärt greatly admired. The 50th anniversary of the death of celebrated Australian composer Percy Grainger will also be acknowledged with two of his most enduring and loved miniatures, Irish tune from County Derry and the famous setting of his Country Gardens for piano four hands.

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