This program explores the versatility of the Sydney Symphony Fellows in a program of chamber works and arrangements.
Bookending the program are two sets of arrangements. Purcell and Bach are well known Baroque composers, but in these arrangements we hear them with fresh ears with a brass trio performing music by Purcell, and a solo marimba performing a lute suite by Bach.
At the end of the program is Carl Friedrich Ebers’ arrangement of Beethoven’s First Symphony, which followed the 19th century custom of publishing chamber arrangements of popular symphonies to allow them to be heard in smaller settings outside the concert hall. Iain Farrington has continued this practice into the 21st Century with his arrangement of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Overture.
Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonietta is a mini symphony for eleven players and was his first published work, establishing the young composer as a major force in British music. A short work for solo percussion by well-known Australian composer Matthew Hindson is paired with Street Sketches by Peggy Polias, an emerging Australian composer whose work explores the relationship between popular and classical music.
As part of their year, the Fellows undertake chamber music programs in Sydney, the greater metropolitan area, and in regional NSW.
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