UKARIA 24 | CONCERT THREE: (VIRTUAL) TRAVELS

Sunday 28 November 2021  |  11AM


UKARIA 24 | CONCERT THREE: (VIRTUAL) TRAVELS

CURATED BY UMBERTO CLERICI

'Music as time machine, as flying carpet, as storyteller.

At the time I penned these program notes, it had been twenty months since I was last in Italy. We have each spent a good portion of our lives travelling and then it all came to a rapid halt. But can we travel through music instead?

What if we could go to Milan, with Sammartini, in a time when it became a very modern city under Maria Theresa of Austria, when La Scala had been freshly built and when it wasn’t yet overrun with tourists shopping for Armani or Prada?

Or to visit what has become one of the most popular holiday destinations for Australians, Bali, but through the eyes of the most renowned Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, in 1969?

Then we could jump back one thousand years to visit Saint Hildegard of Bingen who was a German Benedictine abbess, writer, composer, philosopher, mystic, visionary and polymath of the High Middle Ages. Finally, playing the mystical Kreutzer Sonata, in an arrangement made maybe by the composer himself, which in the two hundred years since Beethoven first bestowed it on the world, has inspired Tolstoy and an endless number of painters, plays and movies.’

– Umberto Clerici



PROGRAM

Giuseppe Sammartini (1695–1750)
Concerto for Recorder and Strings in F

I. Allegro
II. Siciliano
III. Allegro assai

Genevieve Lacey | Recorder
Andrew Haveron | Violin
Kristian Winther | Violin
Tobias Breider | Viola
Umberto Clerici | Cello


Peter Sculthorpe (1929–2014)
String Quartet No. 8

I. Con dolore
II. Risoluto
III. Con dolore
IV. Con precisione
V. Con dolore

Andrew Haveron | Violin
Kristian Winther | Violin
Tobias Breider | Viola
Umberto Clerici | Cello


Genevieve Lacey's Choice:

Hildegard von Bingen (1098–1179)
O ignis spiritus (arr. for recorder, electronics and string quartet by Erkki Veltheim)

Genevieve Lacey | Recorder
Kristian Winther | Violin
Andrew Haveron | Violin
Tobias Breider | Viola
Umberto Clerici | Cello


Kristian Winther's Choice:

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827)
Sonata for Piano and Violin in A, Op. 47 Kreutzer (arr. for string quintet)

I. Adagio sostenuto – Presto
II. Andante con variazioni
III. Presto

Kristian Winther | Violin
Andrew Haveron | Violin
Tobias Breider | Viola
Umberto Clerici | Cello
Simon Cobcroft | Cello


Duration | Approximately seventy-five minutes without interval.
Note | A two-course lunch will follow at 12.45pm (separate booking required).

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