Seascapes and Pictures
Saturday 21st March 2014 at 7pm
Sunday 22nd March 2014 at 2.30pm (free for Seniors, bookings essential)
Strathfield Symphony’s premiere concert for 2015 celebrates the power of music to evoke images with two of the greatest symphonic programme works ever written. Featuring Debussy’s La Mer and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition audiences are invited to be carried away by the sound-pictures of these two great composers.
Debussy completed La Mer (The Sea), while staying on the channel coast. The musical “sketches” that make up the movements of the work include From Dawn to Midday on the Sea, Play of the Waves and Dialogue Between Wind and Waves. The great pianist, Sviatoslav Richter, underlines their impressionistic force, calling the music “..a miracle of natural reproduction; no, even more than that, sheer magic!”
Mussorgsky’s fantasy tour of the works of a favorite artist, his friend Viktor Hartmann, written in memoriam, promenades through a gallery, pausing to reflect on ten of Hartmann’s works. Based variously on paintings and sketches, 6 of the works that inspired the music have survived. These include a Ballet of Unhatched Chicks in their Shells, based on a design for theatre costumes, Catacombs, based on a sketch of a visit to the Paris Catacombs and The Great Gate of Kiev, based on a design for a city gate. Mussorgsky’s music has made Hartmann’s ideas, sketches and designs concrete, bringing them to life in a way Hartmann could never have aspired to on his own.
Following an acclaimed 2014 Season featuring Mahler’s Song of the Earth and a theatrical arrangement of Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Strathfield Symphony invites audiences to join us on a very special musical journey for 2015 featuring Dvorak’s Symphony No.7, Sibelius’ Symphony No.5, Stravinsky’s Petrushka and a Double Bass concerto from a very special soloist.