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Australia Ensemble UNSW | 2024, Concert 3

17 August 2024 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST

$34 – $56
concert 3 5by4

Imagining times past, Dvořák evokes the Balkan bagpipe with the accordion in his Bagatelles, where Piazzolla’s instrument depicts the sacred and profane moods of Buenos Aires, and Sofia Gubaidulina conjures sounds growing out of silence. Turina’s Circulo meditates on the rhythms of daily life, which are marked for Bloch by the set prayers of Jewish devotion, as Poulenc transfigures grief into beauty in his great Clarinet Sonata.


David Griffiths, clarinet; Dimity Hall, violin; Julian Smiles, cello; and guest artist James Crabb, accordion


Ernest BLOCH | Prayer from ‘From Jewish Life’ (1924) 

Joaquin TURINA | Círculo Op. 91 (1936) 

Sofia GUBAIDULINA | Silenzio (1991/2000) 

Francis POULENC | Clarinet sonata (1962) 

Antonin DVOŘÁK | Bagatelles Op.47 (1878) 

Astor PIAZZOLLA | Le Grand Tango (1982) 

                                | Ave Maria (1984) 

                                | Oblivion (1984) 

                                | Libertango (1974) 

‘The bagpipes were playing’, goes the Bohemian folksong used by Dvořák in his Bagatelles, where the accordion or harmonium helps establish a mood of simple joy in these charming vignettes of daily life in the countryside.  
Joaquín Turina’s Círculo is a ‘poetic expression’ of a day in his native Spain, where sounds of morning give way to joyful singing before gradually returning to the calm of night, while Astor Piazzolla’s accordion-based music conjures the rich texture of life in Buenos Aires.  

Ernest Bloch provides a vivid elegy for European Jewish life, his ‘Prayer’ developing the beautiful cantillation of an Ashkenazi synagogue on the Sabbath, where Sofia Gubaidulina’s visionary music in this unusual trio takes us to the mystical space where sound emerges from silence. 


17 August 2024
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm AEST
$34 – $56
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