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MSO Chamber: Ghost Stories
- Date: Sunday, 3 November 2019, 11am
- Venue: Iwaki Auditorium — ABC Southbank Centre, 120-130 Southbank Boulevard, South Melbourne, VIC
- Tickets: Adult: $62 | Concession: $56 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (03) 9929 9600
Greta Bradman soprano
Monica Curro violin
David Berlin cello
Stefan Cassomenos piano
Shostakovich Seven Romances
Stanhope Lorca Songs
Beethoven Piano Trio Ghost
About the performance
The music of Shostakovich’s later years possesses a remarkable expressiveness within its sparse long lines and intensely compressed harmonies, creating an aesthetic to match the composer’s sense of profound disillusionment.
This is the withdrawn personal world of the Seven Romances, a series of meditations on death – perhaps not what the commissioners had hoped for to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the October Revolution. By contrast, the poems of Lorca seem to soar and swoop with worldly passion (the spirit of duende) in the lyrical settings by composer Paul Stanhope.
It’s the second movement, melancholy and stationary, that gives Beethoven’s fifth Piano Trio its attention-grabbing nickname. This probably speaks more about the vivid imaginations of listeners of Beethoven’s time, gripped with the fervour of Romantic fantasy, than it does about the Trio itself, which as a whole is gracious, lively and completely uplifting.
Featured non-Australian music: Shostakovich, Beethoven
Featured Australian Works
||Three Lorca songs : for soprano, violin, cello and piano (2016) by Paul Stanhope|
— performed by Stefan Cassomenos, David Berlin, Monica Curro and Greta Bradman
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