Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra | Illuminate – Sydney
19 February 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEDT
In describing his own Les Illuminations, Benjamin Britten wrote, “The word ‘illuminations’ suggests both the vision of a mystic and a brightly coloured picture”. It is this sense of a technicolour canvas that the we invoke in ILLUMINATE, our first program of 2021, featuring works by Bruch, Britten and Tchaikovsky.
Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence begins in the tranquil air of the Mediterranean before taking us directly to the Motherland, its fourth and final movement intensely Russian and Romantic in its sound. Max Bruch’s Serenade for Strings after Swedish Melodies is a seldom-heard but beautiful example of his life-long attraction to folk tunes and themes. And Britten’s work couples some of his most remarkable string writing with the words of French poet Arthur Rimbaud to create something evocative and fantastical.
Directed by Rachael Beesley and featuring soprano Jacqueline Porter, Illuminate invites you to join the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra on a European musical journey from the comfort of the concert hall.
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Rachael Beesley | director
Jacqueline Porter | soprano
Max Bruch Serenade for Strings after Swedish Melodies
Benjamin Britten Les Illuminations
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence, Op.70