Trout Quintet & Quartet for the End of Time
11 - 24 July 2012
SCHUBERT Piano Quintet, “Trout”
MESSIAEN Quartet for the End of Time
This concert pairs two great works inspired by very different experiences away from home, both written for the musicians available and, as a result, for unusual combinations of instruments.
Aged 22, Schubert had his first holiday in the country. In the Trout, he captures the mood of those carefree summer days and his ecstatic delight in the countryside, in warm, beguiling melodies and harmonies.
A prisoner of war, Messiaen wrote the Quartet for the End of Time for the musicians he found in the camp, premiering it to an audience of inmates and guards. “Never” he said, "was I listened to with such rapt attention and comprehension." Critic Alex Ross calls it “the most ethereally beautiful music of the 20th century...as overpowering now as it was on that frigid night in 1941.”
ACO Principals are joined by clarinettist Paul Dean and dynamic young pianist Saleem Abboud Ashkar, making his Australian debut.
At the Sydney Opera House performance, the musicians will be projected simultaneously onto a big screen behind the stage, giving you a fascinating close-up view.
"This was an evening where two disparate works made for an exhilarating and satisfying whole."
"It was a searing conclusion to a concert where artistic quality eventually won out over physical adversity."
Sydney Morning Herald
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