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SSO: Westlake Oboe Concerto, Ravel’s Bolero


SSO: Westlake Oboe Concerto, Ravel’s Bolero

  • Date: Thursday, 23 February 2017, 1:30pm
  • Venue: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall — Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW
  • Tickets: General: $39 - $79 — Tickets can be purchased by phone on (02) 8215 4600

Event Details

Chief Conductor David Robertson celebrates the spirit of the dance, from the village squares of Transylvania to the electricity of Ravel's Bolero.

Ravel's Bolero is one big crescendo, building inexorably over a mesmerising drum beat, unfolding in increasingly rich combinations of orchestral colour until it reaches its electrifying climax. What better way to end a concert! But how to begin? David Robertson balances Ravel's dance-orgy with music inspired by folk dances: Ligeti's toe-tapping Romanian Concerto - its finale once described as 'a dance between a mosquito and fly-swatter'. And for Ravel's colours he finds a parallel in the luxuriant and impressionist sounds of Bartók's Hungarian-inspired orchestral pieces. But the real highlight is something new: a concerto composed for our Principal Oboe by Nigel Westlake (Babe, Paper Planes).

'It's full of rhythmic drive and beautiful harmonies,' says Diana Doherty, 'it has the whole spectrum.'


LIGETI Romanian Concerto
WESTLAKE Oboe Concerto
BARTÓK Four Orchestral Pieces
RAVEL Bolero

Featured non-Australian music: Ligeti, Ravel, Bartok

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 8215 4600

Featured Australian Works

Spirit of the Wild : Concerto for oboe (2016) by Nigel Westlake
— performed by David Robertson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Diana Doherty

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