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Australia Ensemble: Out of the Depths


Australia Ensemble: Out of the Depths

  • Date: Saturday, 17 March 2018, 8pm
  • Venue: Sir John Clancy Auditorium — University of New South Wales, Gate 9, High Street, Kensington, NSW
  • Series: This event is part of the Australia Ensemble 2018 Subscription Series series
  • Tickets: Adults: $54 | Senior: $41 | Concession: $20 | Student Rush: $15 Booking fees may apply — Tickets can be purchased by phone on (02) 9385 4874

Event Details

The Australia Ensemble launches its 2018 program with an examination of the deep emotional forces that serve as the foundation for enriching musical works.

The Ensemble begins with Beethoven’s Trio Op. 11, in which the lively agitation of clarinet, cello and piano serve as an optimistic platform from which the subsequent repertoire descends. Dean’s Sextet, Old Kings in Exile, is rife with emotional turmoil, with the undulating undercurrents of bass drum and harsh winds embodying a profound sense of despair and loss. The war-torn life of Czech composer Erwin Schulhoff offers an enriched perspective of artistic clarity – a composer of considerable promise whose life was tragically cut short in a WWII concentration camp. His Concertino for flute, viola and double bass is at times sweet, nostalgic, and edgy. This is complemented by the seething raw energy of Shostakovich’s String Quartet no. 8, in dedication to ‘victims of fascism and the war.’


Ludwig van BEETHOVEN | Trio Op. 11 (1797)

Brett DEAN | Sextet (Old Kings in Exile) (2010)

Erwin SCHULHOFF | Concertino (1925)

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH | String quartet no. 8 in C minor Op.110 (1960)

Guest Artists: Claire Edwardes, percussion and Andrew Meisel, double bass

Featured non-Australian music: Beethoven, Schulhoff, Shostakovish

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 9385 4874 or by email to australia.ensemble@unsw.edu.au

Featured Australian Works

Sextet : 'Old kings in exile' : for flute, clarinet, percussion, violin, violoncello and piano (2010) by Brett Dean
— performed by Claire Edwardes and Australia Ensemble

Featured artists

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