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March 10, 2020 7:30PM
Australian Chamber Orchestra
BACH (arr Angerer) Chorales (selection)
MENDELSSOHN (arr Tognetti) Violin Concerto
BEETHOVEN (arr strings) String Quartet in B-flat, Op 130, Cavatina
BRAHMS (arr strings) String Sextet in G, Op 36
Few composers were as aware of (and awed by) their musical heritage as Brahms. This concert pays homage to Brahms the composer while also recognising the musical soil from which he sprang. The major work by Brahms is an arrangement of the monumental G-major String Sextet, a work Richard Tognetti describes as Brahms’ ‘Fifth Symphony’. Richard Tognetti appears as soloist in his own arrangement of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto. For string orchestra only, the arrangement takes its inspiration from Mendelssohn’s celebrated Octet for Strings. At the heart of the program is the sublime Cavatina from Beethoven’s late string quartet, Op 130. The evening commences with a selection of Brahms’ Chorales, the composer’s nod to JS Bach and the bountiful German sacred tradition.
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