French Impressions

Stylish, witty, urbane. French music exhibits a very particular set of attributes, as can be heard in these debonair works by Ravel and Poulenc. Ravel’s Piano Concerto is an energetic romp that pauses in its middle movement for one of the most transcendent adagios ever written. Poulenc’s Sinfonietta – a “little” symphony – bustles with […]

The Joy of Mozart

Emma McGrath, TSO Concertmaster, shines as soloist in Mozart’s joyous Violin Concerto No 3, one of the loveliest creations of a composer whose music never fails to touch the soul. Despite the nickname, Haydn’s Mourning Symphony is not in the least bit melancholy. One of the composer’s “Storm and Stress” symphonies, it revels in minor […]

Viva Violin! Hobart

Violinist Ning Feng rises to the challenge of Saint-Saëns’ Violin Concerto No 3, the most demanding – and astounding – of the composer’s violin concertos. Fauré’s Pavane evokes the serenity of an earlier time while the overture to Béatrice et Bénédict captures the quick-witted repartee of the quarrelsome lovers from Much Ado about Nothing. Likewise […]