TSO: Ashkar + Beethoven, Sculthorpe
- Date: Friday, 6 October 2017, 7:30pm
- Venue: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart — 1 Davey St, Hobart, TAS
- Tickets: Adult: $32 - $96 | Concession: $32 - $90 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on 1800 001 190
Commencing with a meltingly beautiful episode for the soloist, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 is a poetic meditation for piano and orchestra that strikes a perfect balance between the tender and the brilliant. Palestinian-Israeli pianist Saleem Ashkar, a Beethoven interpreter of distinction, appears with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for the first time in this concert.
Schumann felt that a symphony ought to be the sum of its parts rather than a series of disconnected movements, and in his Symphony No 4 he achieves a grand and coherent narrative from start to finish. Disconnection is precisely what Peter Sculthorpe dramatizes in Port Essington, a work that takes an event from Australian history – a failed attempt by white settlers to establish a trading post in the far north of the country – as the subject matter for a work that contrasts “polite” colonial music with the primeval forces of nature.
Mendelssohn: Ruy Blas
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 4
Sculthorpe: Port Essington
Schumann: Symphony No 4 in D minor
Featured non-Australian music: Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann
Featured Australian Works
||Port Essington : for strings (1977) by Peter Sculthorpe|
— performed by Douglas Boyd and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
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