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Soirées Musicales Quintette: Endings and Beginnings

3 November 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm AEDT

Tickets (including post-performance refreshments): Adult $40 | Concession $35 | Student $20 | Family (2 + 2) $100
Door sales – cash only

This program features works from key turning points in their composers’ lives, demonstrating that as one phase passes, another begins. In 1849, not long before illness shortened his prolific career, Schumann produced nine sets of choral songs, and also the wonderfully varied ‘Spanisches Liebeslieder’, which is his final vocal ensemble work with piano. By then Fauré was born, and in 1869 at the age of 20 he produced as his debut in this genre the stunningly beautiful ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’, followed soon by his first vocal duets, and ‘Madrigal’ as a wedding gift to a colleague. Also dating from 1869 are Rheinberger’s evocative partongs ‘Lockung’ and ‘Die Wasserfee’ which likewise introduced him to the public as a vocal composer. Finally, as the nineteenth century drew to a close, Stanford published in 1898 ‘The Princess’, an expansive cycle of partsongs based on Tennyson’s epic poem that had inspired many English composers. Interspersed among these vocal works are selected song-inspired piano pieces, each titled ‘Romance’ (sans paroles).

Soirées Musicales Quintette…

Annie Lower (soprano)
Rachael Griffin (soprano)
Mattias Lower (tenor)
Leon Warnock (baritone)
Peter Roenfeldt (piano. . . with special guest
Phillip Gearing (piano)


  • ‘Spanisches Liebeslieder’ (Spanish love songs) with piano four hands Op.138 (1849) by Robert Schumann
  • ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ Op.11 (1865) and ‘Madrigal’ Op.35 (1883) by Gabriel Fauré
  • 2 vocal duets Op.10 (1873) and ‘3 Romances sans paroles’ Op.17 (1878) by Fauré
  • ‘Lockung’ (Temptation) Op.25 (1869) and ‘Die Wasserfee’ (The water-sprite) Op.21 (1869) by Josef Rheinberger
  • ‘Romance’ from ‘Characteristic Pieces’ Op.67 (1873) by Rheinberger
  • ‘Sweet and low’ and ‘O swallow, swallow’ from ‘The Princess’ Op.68 (1898) by Charles Villiers Stanford
  • ‘Romance’ from ‘6 Character Pieces’ Op.132 (1875) by Stanford


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