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Standard

$52-$101

Concession

$47-$96

Child

$20

Dates

Thursday 24 March 2022

7:30pm at Recital Centre

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Featuring

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sophie Rowell director & violin
James Crabb classical accordion

Program

Bach Orchestral Suite No.3
Sally Beamish Seavaigers
Elena Kats-Chernin From Anna Magdalena's Notebook
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3: Allegro, Adagio
Sally Beamish Brandenburg "Slow movement"
Bach Brandenburg Concerto No.3: Allegro

About this performance

MSO Concertmaster Sophie Rowell leads the Orchestra through a celebration of the incomparable J.S. Bach and the prolific composer’s influence on music of the present day, with Scottish classical accordion virtuoso James Crabb as soloist.

  • This coupling of J.S. Bach and English composer Sally Beamish sees James Crabb play the part of continuo, normally reserved for the harpsichord, on the classical accordion. Sophie Rowell play-directs Bach’s Orchestral Suite No.3, lavishly orchestrated for its time, highlighting the composer’s mastery of harmony, rhythm and his sense of fun. This 1730 suite contains one of the most famous and beautiful movements in the entire Bach canon, the Air on the G String.
  • James Crabb has been praised world-over for his versatile musicianship, appearing with the London Philharmonic, BBC Scottish Orchestra and countless contemporary ensembles. Among his various Australian performances, Melbourne audiences will remember Crabb conducting and performing in Victorian Opera’s 2013 production of Maria de Buenos Aires.
  • The peculiar thing about Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No.3 is the lack of a fully developed slow movement. Concerti movements usually follow a fast-slow-fast format, but here Bach differed from the norm, which is how Sally Beamish’s Brandenburg “Slow movement” came to be. Intended to serve as the missing movement in a complete performance, this work was commissioned by the Lautten Compagney Berlin and first performed in 2010.

Duration: approx. 115 minutes including interval

Looking for a quick fix of music?

A reduced-length version of this performance is available on Wednesday 23 March at 6.30pm. Join us for a one hour concert featuring selections from this program.

Quick Fix: Bach and Beamish

COVIDSafe Information

The MSO and the venues in which we perform will operate under government health and safety guidelines in place at the time of the event. Entry to this event will require ticket holders to comply with the venue's conditions of entry, including all relevant COVID-19 protocols, which may include providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination or valid medical exemption. Up-to-date information will be included in the pre-concert email sent to attendees a few days prior to the performance.

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