Beethoven Violin Concerto, Hobart

“The Germans have four violin concertos”, wrote renowned 19th-century violinist Joseph Joachim, “the greatest, most uncompromising is Beethoven’s”. Veronika Eberle, here making her debut with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, brings her energy, expertise and insights to this great work. One of the star violinists of her generation, Veronika Eberle is a performer of staggering technique […]

Beethoven Emperor Concerto

Nelson Freire is a giant of the piano world, having been at the front rank of soloists for well over half a century. Not surprisingly, his recordings were included in Philips’ canonical Great Pianists of the 20th Century series. Fittingly, this monarch of the piano performs the crowning achievement of Beethoven’s five piano concertos, the […]

Gillham plays Grieg, Hobart

“[His] virtuosity was much on display, but it was his extraordinary interpretive skill that left me overwhelmed.” Limelight Since taking out first prize in the Montreal International Music Competition in 2014, Australian pianist Jayson Gillham has been thrilling audiences worldwide with his faultless technique and finely honed judgement. He makes his keenly anticipated debut with […]

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mendelssohn grew up in a literature-loving household. Goethe was a friend of the family and the works of Shakespeare were known and loved. Mendelssohn’s miraculous music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream captures the lightness and grace, heartache and humour of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy. Hear it in full in this enchanting concert. Mendelssohn’s mercurial “fairy music” […]

Beethoven’s Fifth

Seventy years ago, almost to the day, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra gave its first concert, which included Beethoven’s Symphony No 5. Lofty, impassioned and invigorating, Beethoven’s Fifth has been performed by the TSO innumerable times since, but has never lost its power to captivate and inspire audiences. Rory Macdonald conducts Beethoven’s enduring masterwork and an […]

Elgar’s Enigma

English music has a quality all its own, whether in evoking the landscape, drawing upon history or capturing the sound world of a particular epoch. Vaughan Williams turned to the musical glories of Tudor England in his Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, Benjamin Britten was inspired by the sea and sky of his […]

Hough plays Rachmaninov

A concerto in all but name, the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini is one of Rachmaninov’s great achievements, rivalling in popularity his canonical piano concertos. Rachmaninov, the unsurpassed pianist-composer of the 20th century, performed the solo part when the work was premièred in 1934. Taking on that role in this concert is one of […]

Tchaikovsky’s Sixth

Few orchestral works are as moving as Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, which rises from the depths, soars to tremendous heights and slowly and gently fades into nothingness. It seems to contain within its four movements a lifetime’s worth of experiences. The fact that Tchaikovsky died within days of conducting the first performance adds to this extraordinary […]

Faure Requiem

In Gabriel Fauré’s setting of the Requiem, the soul journeys from this life to the next on wings of most glorious song. Quiet and reflective, the Fauré Requiem eschews the fire and brimstone dramatics of many settings of the Mass for the Dead and instead offers music that soothes and consoles. With its comforting mood […]

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 […]