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Australia Ensemble: Brahms and Mozart

11 August 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm AEST

Tickets: $54/$41/$32/$15 (Adult/Senior/Concession/Student rush)

“… The Australia Ensemble always fills me with high expectations of consummate musical performance” Danial Kaan, ClassikON 2016

A musical legacy in and of itself, this concert pays homage to the nature of artistic inheritance and influence that left many composers overlooked in favour of former colleagues. No one understood this more than Brahms, a man who was constantly overshadowed by Beethoven. So similar was their approach that Brahms actively modelled his Clarinet Quintet in the style of Mozart, allowing his own mature romantic voice to shine above the classical scaffold. Mozart himself owed his own legacy to that of Josesph Haydn, without whom he could not have transformed the humble Piano Trio into a form so original and compelling as his K548 C major Trio. The father of the wind quintet, Bohemian composer Anton Reicha, was a friend and contemporary of Beethoven, however chose this specific musical form to expound the qualities of order, balance and sophistication so evident in his E flat Quintet. Meanwhile, Australian composer Mathew Hindson’s Septet draws heavily from his teacher and mentor Peter Sculthorpe, drawing on indigenous Oceanic influences, and paying homage to Sculthorpe’s lyrical and visceral approach to composition.


  • Artistic Chair: Paul Stanhope
  • Dene Olding (violin)
  • Dimity Hall (violin)
  • Irina Morozova (viola)
  • Julian Smiles (cello)
  • Ian Munro (piano)
  • Geoffrey Collins (flute)
  • David Griffiths (clarinet)
  • Andrew Barnes (Guest Artist: bassoon)
  • Huw Jones (Guest Artist: oboe)
  • Robert Johnson (Guest Artist: french horn)
  • Andrew Meisel (Guest Artist: double bass)


  • Matthew HINDSON | Septet (2009)
  • Anton REICHA | Wind Quintet in E flat Op.88 no. 2 (1818)
  • Wolfgang MOZART | Piano trio in C K548 (1788)
  • Johannes BRAHMS | Clarinet Quintet Op. 115 (1891)


UNSW: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, Kensington
High St & Wansey Rd
Kensington, NSW 2052 Australia
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