Classical music is the greatest of art forms
- but that doesn't mean you have to take it
too seriously! Brahms and Graeme Koehne show the way.
More than anyone, Graeme Koehne is determined to break down the
artificial barrier between popular taste and 'high art'. And his
trumpet concerto - composed for James Morrison and the Sydney
Symphony in 2003 - does exactly that. Koehne brings the
infectious spirit of cartoons, pop and Latin-infused jazz into the
concert hall and gives Morrison a vehicle for his brilliant and
inimitable trumpet style.
Brahms breaks down barriers of his own with a 'solemn'
ceremonial overture that quotes university drinking songs for a
rousing introduction to the concert. It's left to Rachmaninoff to
raise the tone with themes of mortality and faith in his brooding
and intoxicating Symphonic Dances.
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