Original Rachmaninoff in an Australian first
and Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony.
Our 2012 season concludes with Ashkenazy's grand celebration of
the music of Tchaikovsky over three weeks. To begin, Tchaikovsky's
Manfred Symphony and a piano concerto by Rachmaninoff, the
composer who took up the Romantic baton and carried it into the
Sydney pianist Scott Davie brings inspired advocacy to the
original version of Rachmaninoff's Fourth Piano Concerto. Torn by
self-doubt, Rachmaninoff had a bad habit of revising his works, all
too often cutting the heart out of the music - this is a chance to
hear the fourth concerto in all the dark glamour and thrilling
excitement of its original form.
Tchaikovsky's Manfred Symphony follows the Alpine
wanderings of a Byronic hero torn by despair and anguish. Emotional
torment, dramatic storytelling, glittering magical worlds... these
are some of the things Tchaikovsky does best.
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