Arabella Steinbacher is one of the world’s most in-demand violinists, and a stellar performer arriving to premiere a concerto by composer and Sydney Symphony musician Georges Lentz.
Part luminous meditation, part dark diabolical jig creating an elegy for our grandchildren’s planet, this is a concerto that requires true virtuosity. In Arabella Steinbacher’s hands, it will be a transcendent experience.
The colossal opening chords of Thus Spoke Zarathustra are iconic – made famous by Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Richard Strauss had a unique gift for generating enormous sound from a symphony orchestra. Vast, beautiful and almost overwhelming, Zarathustra is awe-inspiring from start to finish.
BIBER Battalia in D
GEORGES LENTZ “…to beam in distant heavens…” – Violin Concerto*
R STRAUSS Thus Spoke Zarathustra
“…to beam in distant heavens…” was commissioned by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Etablissement public Salle de Concerts Grande-Duchesse Josephine-Charlotte / Philharmonie Luxembbourg & Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg with generous support from Liz and Ken Nielsen.
UMBERTO CLERICI conductor
ARABELLA STEINBACHER violin