From the pastoral serenity of a Brahms serenade to the buoyant classicism of a Mozart quartet and a chamber suite steeped in 1920s jazz – this is a concert to leave you smiling on a Sunday afternoon.
Spend Sunday afternoon being serenaded by the young talents of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship program! They’re performing music by a line-up of composers not much older than themselves – the 25-year-old Brahms, Mozart (also 25) and Erwin Schulhoff (27) – in a concert that’s bound to leave you smiling. Brahms’s Serenade No.1 began life as chamber music before his friends told him it needed a full orchestra.
Now Jorge Rotter has reconstructed the original version for nine musicians, without losing any of Brahms’s expansive forest inspiration (listen for the horn!). Mozart’s Quartet for oboe and strings is upbeat and utterly elegant. And Schulhoff’s Suite comes to us from 1920s Berlin, where he would dance his nights away, intoxicated by the new rhythms of jazz. From the sublime to the sassy!