Evoke | Beethoven & Berwald
Saturday 8 May @ 4:00 pm
The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra invite you to join them for a program of gorgeous Romantic chamber music that EVOKE the salons and living rooms of the early nineteenth century, featuring Beethoven’s Trio, Op.38 and the delightful Grand Septet by under-appreciated Swedish composer Franz Berwald.
This is a wonderful opportunity to hear some of Australia’s finest musicians in an intimate chamber setting, including the orchestra’s co-artistic directors Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, as well as Daniel Yeadon, Neal Peres Da Costa, Simon Oswell and many more.
Saturday 8 May 4pm in the Adamstown Uniting Church Auditorium.
Tickets: Adult $65, Concession $55, Youth/Student $25. Available online at Trybooking and tickets available on the door.
The early years of the nineteenth century saw a surge in popularity for works composed for larger chamber ensembles of winds and strings. Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat major, Op. 20, was considered the very peak of the genre: so successful was it that publishers released multiple arrangements of it for different-sized ensembles, prompting Beethoven to write his own arrangement for clarinet, cello and fortepiano –
his Op.38. The piece loses none of its genius in its revoicing, with an arrangement so natural and convincing it sounds like it could have been written for these forces.
Influenced by Beethoven’s Septet, and with a clear inheritance from other composers like Schubert, Spohr and Weber, the delightful Grand Septet by Swedish composer Franz Berwald is an inspired work by an often-overlooked composer. Building on short thematic fragments that often mimic village tunes and dances, there is some innovative writing at play – the second movement features a scherzo in the middle of
an adagio! But it’s not all sweetness and light, as occasional harmonic twists hint at tensions that never fully resolve.
The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra specialises in historically informed performance of late 18th- to early 20th-century orchestral and chamber music repertoire on period instruments and is at the forefront of the historically informed performance scene, staying abreast with the latest research and developments around the world by collaborating with key guest musicians and musicologists. Under the co-artistic direction of Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen, the orchestra has been highly praised as “rich, impassioned, and faultlessly realised … a thrilling example of HIP with all the right strings attached” (The Age, 2018).
Founded under the artistic direction of renowned musician and educator, the late Richard Gill AO, and already a dynamic influence on the Australian music scene, the orchestra’s twin goals of performance and education are delivered through live concerts in Australia’s capital cities and in metropolitan and regional centres, collaborations with guest ensembles, radio broadcasts, innovative education programs, pre-concert presentations and specialist online resources. Bringing together leading Australian and international exponents, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra brings historical insights and new perspectives to masterpieces from the Classical and Romantic periods.