Beethoven Rediscovered, Launceston

Hard to believe, but Beethoven’s Violin Concerto was received coolly at its première in 1806. Almost immediately Beethoven reworked it as a piano concerto. Thus, the work performed by Howard Shelley in this concert is every bit as authentic as Beethoven’s other piano concertos, but not as well known. Oddly enough, audiences in Beethoven’s day […]

The Best of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Launceston

Broadway royalty of the 1940s and 50s, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein turned out one hit show after another: Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music. The Great American Songbook would be much the poorer without their tuneful, stirring and heart-rending contributions (and where would Liverpool Football Club be […]

Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Launceston

‘Andrew Seymour showed why he’s one of the best in the business with his meltingly beautiful performance of movements from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.’ Mozart had a special fondness for the clarinet and in his Clarinet Concerto, which was written in the last few months of his life, he produced a work of profound and transcendent […]

The Fairy’s Kiss, Launceston

Celebrated English musician Anthony Marwood wears two hats in this concert – as soloist and director. Renowned for his warm and expressive tone, he performs Mozart’s youthful Second Violin Concerto. Stravinsky’s ballet score Le baiser de la fée (The Fairy’s Kiss) consists of reworkings of original music by Tchaikovsky, a composer whose music Stravinsky adored. […]

Swansong, Launceston

Doyenne of Australian cellists, Sue-Ellen Paulsen appears as soloist in golden-hued works by Respighi and Tchaikovsky in these, her farewell solo performances with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra. Fittingly, her swansong with the TSO includes one of the most ravishing of all cello pieces, Saint-Saëns’ ‘The Swan’. Music by Schumann frames the concert. The Manfred Overture […]