Great art and the Soviet regime
Arvo Pärt & Shostakovich sees ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and Principal Violin Satu Vänskä take centre stage in one of the most intoxicating pieces of music from the 20th century: Arvo Pärt’s Tabula Rasa.
Written for two virtuoso violinists, prepared piano and orchestra, Tabula Rasa has had a hold on music-lovers since it premiered in 1977 to a full concert hall in Tallinn.
Pärt is one of today’s most distinctive and revered composers, and since 2010 has been the most performed living composer in the world. Tabula Rasa represents his first foray into his unique musical language, tintinnabuli, named for the Latin word for bell, which has reached a vast audience the world over and defined his work right up to today. His music extends beyond the borders of 20th and 21st century ‘classical’ music, with musicians as diverse as Björk, R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe and PJ Harvey crediting him as a major influence.
The concert will also see ten violinists of the ACO unite to perform Prokofiev’s fiendishly challenging Sonata for Solo Violin in D major in unison, before the Australian premiere of Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho’s short piece of resistance, Nymphea: Misterioso. The program concludes with Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony – a string orchestra arrangement of the composer’s famous Eighth String Quartet – a searing and deeply emotive lament for the victims of war, that leaps from despair to attack to haunting acceptance.
Richard Tognetti – Director & Violin
Satu Vänskä – Violin
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Kilar Orawa 8′
Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa 26′
Prokofiev Sonata for Solo Violin in D major* 13′
Kaija Saariaho Nymphéa: Misterioso (arr. strings) – Australian Premiere 3′
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony (arr. Barshai) 23′
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