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 […]

Beethoven & Mozart, Hobart

Richard Tognetti has long been a household name. And with good reason. Officially recognised as a Living National Treasure, he is an astounding soloist, inspiring director and passionate spokesperson for music’s role in enriching our lives. He not only lives and breathes music, he cares about it. In this concert, Richard Tognetti demonstrates the full […]

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

Tchaikovsky threw down the gauntlet with his Violin Concerto – daring violinists to bring the notes on the page to life. Many famous musicians declared the piece unplayable. Rising to the challenge in this concert is acclaimed young violinist Benjamin Beilman, whose playing has been described as ‘muscular’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘breathtaking’. From the stratospheric heights […]

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Simone Lamsma makes a welcome return to the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra as soloist in the Violin Concerto by Jean Sibelius. A towering work of the violin repertoire, the Sibelius Violin Concerto is symphonic through and through, with soloist and orchestra engaged in a series of profound, searching and stirring exchanges. While it avoids ostentatious effects, […]

Brahms Violin Concerto, Hobart

Like his idol Beethoven, Brahms wrote only one Violin Concerto and, like Beethoven’s, it’s a work of enduring appeal. Warm and affectionate, it traverses an astonishing emotional range, drawing upon the instrument’s full palette of colours. Treasured by the world’s leading violinists, it is performed in this concert by Stefan Jackiw, here making his much […]

Beethoven Rediscovered, Hobart

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 […]

Rococo Variations

Call it creative recycling, but composers have always engaged with music from earlier times. This concert offers affectionate tributes from one composer to another and from one era to another. In his Variations on a Rococo Theme – which is a cello concerto in all but name – Tchaikovsky summons the sound world of Mozart, […]

Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Hobart

‘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 […]

Nordic Spirit

Many decades have passed since the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra performed Sibelius’ sublime Fifth Symphony. Conducting this remarkable work is TSO Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Designate, Eivind Aadland. While working on the Fifth, Sibelius likened the task to assembling the pieces of a giant mosaic. Multi-hued and radiant, the Fifth is a grand work of […]

Bravissima!

Come on a journey from darkness to light – from the sombre tones of Haydn’s Symphony No 49 (which, unusually, remains in a minor key throughout) to Mozart’s luminous Symphony No 39, among the last and greatest of all of his symphonies. Along the way, experience some of the most ravishing opera arias of the […]