Bach Akademie Australia continues its exclusive dedication to the music of J S Bach with a celebration which includes the much-loved loved Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047, Gottes Zeit ist die beste Zeit (Actus Tragicus) BWV 106, Sonata No. 3 in G minor BWV 1029 for Viola da Gamba and harpsichord andKantate Er rufet seinen Schafen BWV 175.
Newcomer to Sydney’s classical music scene is The Phoenix Collective, a collaborative recital series involving some of Australia’s unique, talented and high-profile musicians performing concerts in iconic locations.
Six-time Grammy nominee and ‘Queen of the sitar’ Anoushka Shankar performs her spellbinding Land of Gold album and show live on stage with percussionist Manu Delago who co-wrote the album, along-with Sanjeev Shankar on shehnai and Tom Farmer double bass and keyboards.
Popular Australian-Argentinian baritone José Carbó has created his own ensemble, the José Carbó Trio in which he joins forces with emerging classical guitarists Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi. The trio will give its debut recital L’Heure Exquise (The Exquisite Hour), named after Reynaldo Hahn’s masterpiece, featuring music by Schubert, Faure, Debussy, Verdi and others, reimagined by the trio for the original musical setting of voice and two guitars.
In its first concert for 2018, Thoroughbass presents Semelé. Taking its title from the cantata by Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, this all-French program features acclaimed soprano Amy Moore with violinists Stephen Freeman and Shaun Warden, and continuo players Shaun Ng (viola da gamba) and Diana Weston (harpsichord).
The story of Semelé is one of overweening vanity and ambition. Semelé has become the lover of Jupiter as mortal, but she wants recognition of her lover as Jupiter the god. For this demand she must pay the ultimate price. With ensemble music by Rebel and Marais, the concert demonstrates all the richness of French high baroque.
The programme: Nicolas Siret Ouverture from Suite en d. la ré bécarre/ Marin Marais 6th Suite des pièces en trio/ Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre Semelé/ Jean-Féry Rebel Tombeau de Monsieur de Lully
Tickets: Adults $30 | Concession $25 (available online or at the door – booking recommended)
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The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO) is joined by the Sydney Chamber Choir for its 2018 season opener, Pastoral Melodies, conducted by Richard Gill AO, artistic director of both ensembles, featuring much-loved works by Mozart, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Beethoven.
Flautist Melissa Doecke and pianist-composer Mark Isaacs present The Enchanted Flute, a concert of Australian and French music for flute and piano from their debut album Ulpirra Sonatines featuring music by Ross Edwards, Mark Isaacs, Henri Dutilleux and Francis Poulenc.
Omega Ensemble sets sail in a discovery of the mystical and mythical, celebrating all things woodwind in Summer Winds: From Beethoven to Ravel. The programme includes Debussy’s virtuosic Syrinx for Solo Flute, Beethoven’s Duo for Bassoon and Clarinet and a striking woodwind arrangement of Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, a deeply personal homage to friends he lost during World War I.
The legendary Grammy Award-winning early music expert Jordi Savall and two of his favourite ensembles, Hespèrion XXI and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, perform in Sydney with a rare program of early and contemporary Latin music.