Described by Gramophone as “superb” and “a thoughtful musician of considerable taste and technical prowess”, Christoph Denoth is one of the world’s finest guitarists, renowned for his peerless musicality and expressive sensitivity.
In his Australian debut, Christoph joins MCO for a passionate celebration of life, love, music and dance through music of Spain and Italy, including Vivaldi’s much-loved Guitar Concerto and music of Albéniz, Boccherini & Granados. Full of regional colour, infectious rhythms, soaring melodies and heartfelt serenades, this is music to lift the spirits and transport you through time and place.
TURINA La oración del torero
VIVALDI Guitar Concerto in D major RV 93
MALATS Serenata (arr Denoth for guitar & string orchestra)
ALBÉNIZ España: I, II, III, V, VI (arr Buc for string orchestra)
GRANADOS Danzas Españolas III, V, VI (arr Buc for string orchestra)
BOCCHERINI Grave & Fandango
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is excited to bring its finest players, and a gorgeous repertoire, to Warragul for a wondrous evening of classical music. MSO Associate Conductor Benjamin Northey will guide the Orchestra through Beethoven’s Septet and Brahms’ joyful First Symphony.
The Septet in E-flat major, Opus 20, by Ludwig van Beethoven, was sketched out in 1799, completed, and first performed in 1800 and published in 1802. The score contains the notation: "Der Kaiserin Maria Theresia gewidmet", or translated, "Dedicated to the Empress Maria Theresa."
The composition is in six movements:
Adagio – Allegro con brio (in E-flat major)
Adagio cantabile (in A-flat major)
Tempo di menuetto (in E-flat major)
Tema con variazioni: Andante (in B-flat major)
Scherzo: Allegro molto e vivace (in E-flat major)
Andante con moto alla marcia (in E-flat minor) – Presto (in E-flat major)
The overall layout resembles a serenade and is in fact more or less the same as that of Mozart's string trio, K. 563 in the same key, but Beethoven expands the form by the addition of substantial introductions to the first and last movements and by changing the second minuet to a scherzo. The main theme of the third movement had already been used in Beethoven's Piano Sonata, (Op. 49 No. 2), which was an earlier work despite its higher opus number. The finale features a violin cadenza.
The scoring of the Septet for a single clarinet, horn and bassoon (rather than for pairs of these wind instruments) was innovative. So was the unusually prominent role of the clarinet, as important as the violin, quite innovative.
The Septet was one of Beethoven's most successful and popular works and circulated in many editions and arrangements for different forces. In about 1803 Beethoven himself arranged the work as a Trio for clarinet (or violin), cello and piano, and this version was published as his Op. 38 in 1805.
Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68, is a symphony written by Johannes Brahms. Brahms spent at least fourteen years completing this work, whose sketches date from 1854. Brahms himself declared that the symphony, from sketches to finishing touches, took 21 years, from 1855 to 1876. The premiere of this symphony, conducted by the composer's friend Felix Otto Dessoff, occurred on 4 November 1876, in Karlsruhe, then in the Grand Duchy of Baden.
The symphony is in four movements, marked as follows:
Un poco sostenuto — Allegro – Meno allegro (C minor, ending in C major)
Andante sostenuto (E major)
Un poco allegretto e grazioso (A? major)
Adagio — Più andante — Allegro non troppo, ma con brio – Più allegro (C minor – C major)
The symphony begins with a broad introduction wherein three key elements are heard simultaneously: the low drumming, the rising figure in the strings, and the falling figure in the winds. This introduction was constructed after the remainder of the piece had been scored. The Allegro section of the movement is a large orchestral sonata, wherein musical ideas are stated, developed, and restated with altered relationships among them.