Saturday 17 October 2020  |  6PM

As dusk descends over the Mount Barker Summit, Torleif Thedéen (cello) transports us to an Eastern European synagogue with the 'Prayer' from Ernest Bloch's From Jewish Life – a melody of intense beauty and vulnerability – before Lawrence Power offers the perfect companion piece with Ravel's haunting setting of the Jewish Kaddish.

As the world tore itself apart in 1944, Shostakovich incorporated a Jewish melody into the finale of his Piano Trio in E minor, Op. 67 in memory of the prisoners who were forced to dance to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps – a devastating testament to one of the darkest chapters in human history.

After the interval, excerpts from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet preface a neglected monument of Russian chamber music: Sergei Taneyev's colossal Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30 – an epic tour de force showcasing five musicians at the peak of their powers.


Ernest Bloch (1880–1959)
From Jewish Life, B. 54 (1924)

I. Prayer

Torleif Thedéen | Cello
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano

Maurice Ravel (1875–1937)
Deux Mélodies hébraïques (1914)

I. Kaddish

Lawrence Power | Viola
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Cello

Dmitry Shostakovich (1906–1975)
Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 67 (1944)

I. Andante
II. Allegro con brio
III. Largo
IV. Allegretto

Lawrence Power | Violin
Torleif Thedéen | Cello
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano


Sergei Prokofiev (1891–1953)
Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64 (1938)
Arranged for Two Violas and Piano by Vadim Vasilyevich Borisovsky

Act II, Scene I: Dance with Mandolins
Act III, Scene 3: Morning Serenade

Lawrence Power | Viola
Christopher Moore | Viola
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano

Sergei Taneyev (1856–1915)
Piano Quintet in G minor, Op. 30 (1911)

I. Introduzione: Adagio mesto – Allegro patetico
II. Scherzo: Presto – Moderato teneramente – Tempo I – Prestissimo
III. Largo
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace – Moderato maestoso

Lawrence Power | Violin
Sophie Rowell | Violin
Christopher Moore | Viola
Torleif Thedéen | Cello
Simon Crawford-Phillips | Piano

This concert will run for approximately one hour and thirty minutes, including a twenty-minute interval. Followed by Dinner at 7.30pm (separate booking required).

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