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Northern Lights

Adès conducts Sibelius

Sounds from the stars
Orchestral colour
Dates Wed 1 May, Thu 2 May, Fri 3 May Venue Sydney Opera House
Duration To be advised.

Thomas Adès conducts a Beethoven overture, a poetic Sibelius symphony and music that breathes the air of our own time.

Thomas Adès made his first appearance in the Meet the Music series in 2010, conducting Tchaikovsky and his own music. Now he's back with more fascinating juxtapositions and more music of his own, a magnetic piece that navigates the stars like sailors. Cellist Pieter Wispelwey also returns to Sydney, bringing with him a concerto composed for Rostropovich. This modern classic places the cello and orchestra in competition, culminating in what Lutosławski described as a "sort of duel".

Framing the concert are rare treats from two famous names: a breezy concert overture by Beethoven and Sibelius's weirdest symphony - music that plays entirely by its own rules. Like the northern lights, the Sixth Symphony's striking orchestral colours gleam against the shadows of twilight, there are moments of dreamy beauty and of wild splendour. It defies analysis, and as Sibelius said, it's best to listen to it as a poem.

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Audio kindly supplied by Silver Partner Universal Music.

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PROGRAM
  • BEETHOVEN Namensfeier (Name-Day) Overture
  • LUTOSŁAWSKI Cello Concerto
  • ADÉS Polaris - Voyage for Orchestra
  • SIBELIUS Symphony No.6
  • (Tea & Symphony: Beethoven, Lutosławski, Sibelius only)
Artists
  • Thomas Adés conductor
  • Pieter Wispelwey cello
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