“It was named the ‘rain tree’, for its abundant foliage continued to let fall rain drops from the previous night’s shower until the following midday.”
For Toru Takemitsu, it was this passage from a Kenzaburo Oe novel that served as inspiration. The words come alive with the music as marimbas and vibraphone create the feeling of hundreds and thousands of falling raindrops. The marimba strikes again in a fascinating work by the Sydney Symphony’s own Timothy Constable.
Shostakovich’s music beats with an undeniable power and drama, and his String Quartet No.3 possesses a raw magnetism and often unexpected playfulness that is both striking and riveting.
TAKEMITSU Rain Tree
TIMOTHY CONSTABLE New Work
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.3
SYDNEY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS
Kristy Conrau, Timothy Constable, Lerida Delbridge, Emma Jezek, Rebecca Lagos, Jaan Pallandi, Mark Robinson, Anna Skálová, Justin Williams