Arnold Schoenberg | Ein Stelldichein
John Peterson | Guilty Pleasures
Ernesto Nazareth | Tangos arr. Munro
Johannes Brahms | Serenade in D Op.11
Geoffrey Collins, flute; David Griffiths, clarinet; Ian Munro, piano; Dene Olding, violin; Dimity Hall, violin; Irina Morozova, viola; and Julian Smiles, cello
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!