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Guilty Pleasures | Australia Ensemble 2019

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Sir John Clancy Auditorium

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Arnold Schoenberg | Ein Stelldichein

John Peterson | Guilty Pleasures

Ernesto Nazareth | Tangos arr. Munro

Johannes Brahms | Serenade in D Op.11

with guest artists Alexandre Oguey, oboe; Daryl Pratt, percussion; Alison Pratt, percussion; Philip Green, clarinet; Andrew Barnes, bassoon; Robert Johnson, horn; and Andrew Meisel, double bass

We all have our musical guilty pleasures and this program serves up some juicy indulgences. Our final concert for 2019 also provides reason again to perform an Australia Ensemble favourite commission, Guilty Pleasures by John Peterson. In recapping the theme of Cool Fire, this octet contrasts polarities. We let our hair down in a selection of Tangos by Brazilian composer Ernesto Júlio de Nazareth, arranged by our own Ian Munro. Schoenberg may seem an odd choice in a program of such fervency, but in this early work, Ein Stelldichein (A Rendezvous), we hear a decadent, over-ripe, late Romanticism. Concluding the year is Brahms’ sprightly, youthful Serenade no. 1 in D for a large ensemble of winds and strings. Fitting for a season closer, we jubilantly invite you to join us for a glass of bubbles afterwards!


Life begins at 40

Professor Roger Covell’s idea for a resident ensemble at UNSW was initiated in 1979, coming to fruition in the first subscription season in 1980. Now, 40 years on, we can aver his idea has stood the test of time in style! Like all Australia Ensemble seasons, number 40 has the hallmarks of quality, diversity and variety. We pair something old with something new, and works of the canon beside less-familiar hidden gems.

Music of Mozart and Brahms again features prominently in 2019, as their timeless themes are rightly part of the established repertory. However, we also explore works unlikely to be found in a ‘Top 100’ CD box set: composers Gabriel Pierné and Ludwig Thuille may not be household names, yet their works presented here are fascinating, engaging and worthy of a place in concert programs.

We welcome special guests, mezzo soprano Fiona Campbell and harpist Alice Giles, to guide us through a program of Folksong-inspired compositions. We also welcome back a large range of visiting musicians who augment our core players in this richly diverse Australia Ensemble season. Our proud commitment to new music continues with world premieres by Andrew Ford and Jessica Wells, plus the Australian premieres of works by Americans David Bruce and Paul Moravec. We give pride of place to other local composers including Miriam Hyde, John Peterson and Martin Wesley-Smith in reprising their outstanding music.

Our 2019 season ranges across a great emotional landscape from the romantically sumptuous through to the contemporary edge. Along the way we flirt with popular styles too. It’s a veritable fiesta of music-making, eminently suitable for a significant anniversary. We plan to continue the 40th anniversary celebrations well into 2020. I heartily commend the 2019 season and hope to see you there amongst the loyal followers and new-devotees.

Paul Stanhope, Artistic Chair


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