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Australia Ensemble


Australia Ensemble

  • Date: Saturday, 15 August 2009, 8pm
  • Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium — University of New South Wales, Gate 9, High Street, Kensington, NSW
  • Tickets: $41/$31/$22 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 9385 4874

Event Details

What Grainger called the ‘keeping-on-ness’ of traditional dance fiddling, whether from Ireland, Scotland or elsewhere in the British Isles or from a huge range of Continental traditions, is one of the great sources of resilient energy in music. James MacMillan, widely regarded as the leading Scottish composer of today, strikes sparks off his own heritage in his Cumnock Fair for piano and string quintet. Grainger himself provides a thumbnail reminder of his exuberant re-creation of fiddling traditions in his Shepherd’s Hey, while the American composer Christopher Rouse favours reverie rather than revelry in his Compline, an impression of Rome that takes in its ecclesiastical traditions and the ever-present music of its bells. As Rouse’s piece is scored for the same instrumental forces as Ravel’s famous Introduction and Allegro, it might have seemed churlish not to include this piece as well, in which revelry occasionally seems on the verge of influencing the unforgettable reverie of its sinuous melodies. Fauré’s second piano quartet alternates quiet eloquence and nimble brilliance, demonstrating how well these qualities can live together if their contrasts are handled by a master.

Featured non-Australian music: MacMillan, Rouse, Ravel, Fauré

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