Beethoven and Brahms
Cocktail Hour

Beethoven and Brahms
Cocktail Hour

Masterpieces by Beethoven and Brahms demonstrate the depth and power of chamber music.

Beethoven’s string quartets are journals of his restless experimentation. The ‘Razumovsky’ quartets were composed for a Russian Count, who was fortunate enough to receive some of Beethoven’s most radical music, a challenge to performers and listeners.

The second of the Razumovsky quartets is full of sudden shift of mood, strange excursions and mysterious silences. There’s a sense of a great inner drama playing out as Beethoven seeks to express the human condition.

The rapturous opening of Brahms’s String Quintet No.2 makes five musicians sound like 50. Invigorating and soaring, this is Brahms at his peak: rich in melody, and intricate yet spontaneous, rigorous but emotive.

This is music to revisit and contemplate for a lifetime.

Schubert, Liszt and Ledger

Schubert, Liszt and Ledger

21 Aug

Sydney Opera House

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Schubert and Liszt

Schubert and Liszt

22-24 Aug

Sydney Opera House

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Shostakovich Symphony No.4

Shostakovich Symphony No.4

28-31 Aug

Sydney Opera House

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Songs of the North

Songs of the North

1-4 Sep

Lennox Theatre, Riverside Theatres Parramatta

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Geoffrey Lancaster in Recital

Geoffrey Lancaster in Recital

2 Sep

City Recital Hall

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