Irish Chamber Orchestra Presents: Short Stories – Brett Dean

Irish Chamber Orchestra Presents: Short Stories – Brett Dean

Thursday, 12 September 2019, 7.30pm

Mozart Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K.477/479a Maurerische Trauermusik
Mozart Prelude & Fugue in D Minor K405 / 4, after J.S. Bach, BWV 877
Dean Short Stories Nos. 1 & 2 Devotional, Premonitions
Mozart Prelude & Fugue in E, K 405/3 (after Bach’s BWV 878)
Dean Short Stories Nos. 3 & 4 Embers, Komarov’s Last Words
Mozart Adagio & Fugue in b minor (after Bach’s BWV 849)
Dean Short Stories No.5 Arietta
Mozart Adagio & Fugue in A minor, K 405/3 (after Bach’s BWV 867)
Hindemith Trauermusik for Solo Viola and Strings
Mahler Adagio from Symphony No.10 (arr. for Chamber Orchestra by Michelle Casteletti)

Mozart’s brief, poignant and rarely programmed Masonic Funeral Music partners Hindemith’s achingly beautiful Trauermusik, his best work, commissioned for a live broadcast, following the death of George V. Mozart adds his own voice to Bach’s music, paying tribute to the master of fugue while Australian Brett Dean’s Short Stories, five evocative abstract miniatures, serve as interludes in between.

Devotional, a delicate hymn-like chorale, contrasts with the dark and disturbed visions of Premonitions. Embers depicts a dying fire giving off its final sparks in a slow, dreamy movement that explores string colours. Kamarov’s Last Words refers to Soviet Cosmonaut Kamarov, the first person to die in space in 1967. Arietta is a disembodied song of near-resolve. Mahler’s great Tenth Symphony traverses an unremitting arc of emotion. Its atmospheric Adagio, an immensely spacious and gloriously scored cadence, closes a beautiful yet ethereal programme.

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Published on 19 August 2019

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