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Soirées Musicales Quintette: Night Music and Folksongs

19 May 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm AEST

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

The romantic era delighted in the allure of night-time and its connotations of romance, mystery and serenity. For the first time we perform music in the Russian language, some serenade-like partsongs by Tchaikovsky and Arensky, bracketed with a piano nocturne from the ‘Soirées Musicales’ collection by Anton Rubinstein. Nocturnal themes also pervade the Opus 92 set of quartets by Brahms, who draws inspiration from various poets to create a masterful collection of vocal gems. These brackets will be framed by selections from Beethoven’s extensive output of settings of folksongs from the British Isles. These rarely heard but fascinating interpretations of Welsh, English, Irish and Scottish melodies are amply enriched with instrumental support of a trio of piano, violin and cello.

Soirées Musicales Quintette . . .
Annie Lower (soprano)
Rachael Griffin (soprano)
Mattias Lower (tenor)
Leon Warnock (baritone)
Peter Roenfeldt (piano)
. . . with guests
Margaret Connolly (violin)
Daniel Curro (cello)


  • Folksongs from Wales and England arranged by Beethoven, including ‘Sion, the son of Evan’, ‘To the Aeolian harp’ and ‘The miller of Dee’ from WoO 155 (1817) and WoO 157 (1816)
  • 4 vocal quartets Op.92 (1884) by Johannes Brahms
  • Folksongs from Ireland arranged by Beethoven, including ‘O harp of Erin’ and ‘O might I but my Patrick love’ and ‘The soldier in a foreign land’ from WoO 152, WoO 153 and WoO 154 (1814-16)
  • Nocturne in F for piano, from ‘Soirées Musicales’ Op.109 (1884) by Anton Rubinstein
  • ‘Serenade’ Op.57 No.1 with cello obbligato (c. 1902) by Anton Arensky
  • ‘Night’ (1893) by Pyotr Tchaikovsky
  • Folksongs from Scotland arranged by Beethoven, including ‘O swiftly glides the bonny boat’, ‘Glencoe’ and ‘The banner of Buccleuch’ from Op.108 (1818) and WoO 156 (1822)


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