Riverside Theatres Presents
Australian Haydn Ensemble
Three revolutionary symphonies in chamber form.
The great G minor ‘middle panel’ of Mozart’s final symphonic triptych was completed in July 1788. A month earlier, in Grenoble, troops opened fire on several hundred bread rioters in what some view as the beginning of the French Revolution.
It may be fanciful to attribute the 40th’s ominous agitation to Europe’s approaching boiling point, but there’s no doubting it’s a ‘revolutionary’ work.
Paul Wranitzky’s compositions were far from sniffed at by either of the bigger names on this program. The first movement of his strangely titled Grande sinfonie caractéristique pour la paix avec la République françoise (La Paix), a musical depiction of the Revolution proper, premiered in 1797 when the blood was scarcely dry on the reign of terror’s guillotine. It’s a stormy rip-roaring piece, oddly peppered with heroic marches to keep his aristocratic patrons happy.
Which was something Beethoven, of course, steadfastly avoided doing. His 3rd symphony of 1804 is not only a white-hot paeon to Napoleon, but its dedication was famously withdrawn when the general fell short of the composer’s radical liberal ideals. This miraculous piece, which smashes symphonic conventions with joyful abandon, will be performed in Masi’s passionate reinvention for septet.
Just as the mass of a giant star increases as it grows smaller, these intimate renditions of familiar major works will surprise you with their intensity.
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Symphony in C minor Op. 31
La Paix (arr. Wranitzky) 1st movement
Symphony No. 40 K. 550 in G minor (arr. Cimador)
Symphony No. 3 in E flat major
Op. 55 Eroica (arr. Masi & Lim)
AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE MUSICIANS
Skye McIntosh Violin
Matthew Grecco Violin
Karina Schmitz Viola
James Eccles Viola
Daniel Yeadon Cello
Jacqueline Dossor Double Bass
Melissa Farrow Flute
In 2022 the Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) enters its 10th year as a recognised Australian period instrument ensemble of excellence. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Skye McIntosh, nationally and internationally-lauded musicians bring historically-inspired performances to life.
AHE has garnered a well-earned reputation for engaging audiences with imaginative programming, vibrant performances and enlightening workshops.This world-class ensemble performs at festivals, tours regularly throughout regional NSW, and presents its highly successful subscription series in Sydney, Canberra and other regional centres.
In 2022 the Ensemble will present five subscription concert tours, make its Adelaide Festival and Canberra International Music Festival debuts, perform at a number of other unique regional NSW festivals and release its second orchestral album on the ABC Classic label.