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Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev

Sydney Opera House Sydney
Before 'The Nutcracker' and 'Swan Lake', Tchaikovsky composed his First String Quartet. One of his earliest works, its slow and melancholic second movement was stirring enough to bring Leo Tolstoy to tears. From Russia we travel to Paris, where Sergei Prokofiev was asked to create a chamber ballet for a…

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Stephen Hough performs Beethoven

Sydney Town Hall George Street, Sydney
Three geniuses of the Germanic repertoire are celebrated in this program. Stephen Hough is the guide on this journey of emotions. Mozart's final symphony is undoubtedly one of his greatest and optimistic from start to finish. Mendelssohn's voyage isn't all calm, with creeping notes of drama before, at last, the…

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: The Italian Baroque

City Recital Hall Sydney
The riches of the Venetian empire weren't just silk and gold - composers Monteverdi and Gabrieli dazzled with their pioneering Baroque music. Vivaldi's flamboyant concerti delighted even Bach, while Corelli's glittering concerti grossi are among the finest of their type. This ‘Italian style' echoes in French composer Rebel's audacious Les…

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Shamray performs Rachmaninov

Sydney Town Hall George Street, Sydney
Intense might be an understatement. Notoriously challenging to play, Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto is a torrent of emotion, melody and colour and demands a truly virtuosic performance. Who better to perform it than fellow Russian, Konstantin Shamray - winner of First Prize and People's Choice at the 2008 Sydney International…

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Adès, Illean & Debussy

Sydney Town Hall George Street, Sydney
With 'Polaris', we open to the sounds of a night sky twinkling with the infinite. It's a piece that perfectly showcases one of the modern stars of music, British composer Thomas Adès. From night skies it's onto the sparkling sounds of Lisa Illean and Claude Debussy. Illean's Land's End captures…

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony

Sydney Town Hall George Street, Sydney
Sibelius takes us on an ethereal waltz in "Valse triste" and to poetic heights in his glorious Fifth Symphony. Partially inspired by sixteen swans taking flight, the Symphony swirls, spirals and soars before reaching something of a rock star finish. To complete our Finnish theme, Concertmaster Andrew Haveron gives the…

Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Sydney Symphony Woodwinds

Sydney Opera House Sydney
Bright mornings, languid afternoons and pensive nights - woodwinds can capture the flow of life in all its subtlety, temperament and seasonality. Enjoy the journey as we move from Samuel Barber's sun-dappled Summer Music, to the cheeky cadences of Poulenc's Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon. With Ligeti's Six Bagatelles, we…