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CSO: Watercolours


CSO: Watercolours

  • Date: Sunday, 5 March 2023, 2pm
  • Venue: Albert Hall, Canberra — Commonwealth Avenue, Canberra, ACT
  • Tickets: Adults: $42-49 | Children: $35 | Concession: $38–44 — Tickets can be purchased by phone on 0262 626 772

Event Details

‘There is no theory,’ Debussy famously declared. ‘Pleasure is the law!’ While Debussy strenuously rejected the association, some have drawn parallels between his music and the French Impressionist painters. The Impressionists were more concerned with the essence of a thing than its substance; this program explores that shimmering, transparent quality that we often associate with nostalgia and fond remembering. From the opening bars, Debussy’s virtuosic G minor violin sonata reveals its depth of character. Dancing between light and shadow, this melancholic work is punctuated by bursts of sunny optimism and exuberance. Just as exquisite and nuanced, his Ariette oubliées (Forgotten Songs) – based on poems by Paul Verlaine – embody the emotions and sensations stirred by the natural world: the shadow cast by a tree, the sound of rainfall or a gentle morning breeze. One of the leading keyboardists of his time, Gabriel Fauré premiered his First Violin Sonata with violinist Paul Viardot, to whom it was dedicated – this perhaps explains the unusually demanding and virtuosic piano part. Vibrant, charming and lively, this gloriously lush work of Romantic French music showcases the composer’s distinct and original voice. This program features a new commission from Connor D’Netto, whose work balances intricate rhythms with heartfelt lyricism and rich, enveloping textures. We close with Debussy’s poignant ‘lover’s dialogue’ from Fêtes galantes, also based on Verlaine’s poetry.

Featured non-Australian music: Claude Debussy: Sonata in G minor for Violin and Piano; Gabriel Fauré: Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major, op. 13; Claude Debussy: Ariettes oubliées (Forgotten Songs); Claude Debussy: Fêtes galantes

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by email to tickets@cso.org.au

Featured Australian Works

Digital sheet music sample White Flowers : after wood and garden (2023) by Connor D'Netto — World premiere
— performed by Edward Neeman, Kirsten Williams and Chloe Lankshear

Featured artists

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