November is Australian Music Month across the ABC, and ABC Classic’s concert schedule for the month features some stunning works by Australian composers – some old, some new. World premieres of works by Lachlan Skipworth, Sebastian Lingane, Luke Styles, William Barton, Anne Cawrse, Jabra Latham,Paul Stanhope and Gordon Kerry sit alongside the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Margaret Sutherland’s Violin Concerto from 1960 – perhaps only its eighth performance since its debut.


01 – 1PM
ENSEMBLE Q
Britten Ciaccona from Second Suite for Cello
Ligeti Six Bagatelles for wind quintet
Debussy Syrinx
Beethoven Variations on ‘La ci darem’
Barber Summer Music
Paul Dean Concerto for Cello and Wind Quintet

02 – 1PM
STREETON TRIO
Diana Doherty ob, Emma Jardine v, Umberto Clerici vc, Benjamin Kopp p
Martinů Quartet For Oboe, Violin, Cello And Piano
Smetana Piano Trio In G Minor, Op. 15
Skipworth Oboe Quartet (WP)

03 – 1PM
CAMERATA – QUEENSLAND’S CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Eric Avery v/dancer
Avery Works including Violin Landscapes, Mists 2, Mists 3, Cityscapes
Berkeley Serenade for Strings
Stravinsky Selections from Apollon Musagète
Stanhope Dancing on Clouds
Rodrigo Dos Miniaturas Andaluzas
Skalkottas Five Greek Dances

04 – 1PM
ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Grace Clifford v, James Judd cond
Miriam Hyde An Adelaide Overture
Bruch Violin Concerto No 1
Sibelius Symphony No 2

05 – 1PM
WEST AUSTRALIAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA
Don Nunggarrgalu, Jon Tooby cond
Skipworth / Nunggarrgalu Yuwani
Mahler Symphony No 6

06 – 1PM
TASMANIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Slava Grigorian g, Johannes Fritzch cond
Debussy Printemps
Westlake Antarctica Suite
Kodaly Dances of Galanta 

07 – 7PM
SYDNEY CHAMBER OPERA
Jane Sheldon s, Mitchell Butel tn, Anna Fraser s, Ensemble Offspring
Finsterer Biographica

LIMELIGHT SAYS…

Biographica is a dark, vividly realised portrayal of a fascinatingly intelligent yet flawed character. Finsterer’s score thrums with energy throughout, making this a worthy addition to the Australian operatic canon.” Angus McPherson

A scene from Mary Finsterer's Biographica, presented by Sydney Chamber Opera.

A scene from Mary Finsterer’s Biographica, presented by Sydney Chamber Opera. Image © Lisa Tomasetti

08 – 1PM
AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
William Barton g/didg
Barton Didge Fusion
Mendelssohn String Quartet Op. 44 No 1 (arr. strings)
Schoenberg Verklärte Nacht 

09 – 1PM
DARLINGTON QUARTET
Graeme Gilling p
Mozart String Quartet No 14
Jayakumar Lento sognando from Bell Birds (2020)
Beach Piano Quintet

10 – 1PM
VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Riccardo Muti cond
Rober Schumann Symphony No 4
Brahms Symphony No 2
Johann Strauss II Emperor Waltz

11 – 1PM
MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Pamela Rabe narrator, Johannes Fritzsch cond
Berlioz Béatrice et Bénédict Overture
Eötvös Ruler of the Hive
Verdi Macbeth, Act III Ballet Music

12 – 1PM
ZELMAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Adrian Tamburini b-bar, Rick Prakhoff cond
Styles No Friend but the Mountains (WP)

13 – 1PM
QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Jayson Gillham p, Dane Lam cond
Sebastian Lingane New Work (WP)
Beethoven Piano Concerto No 4
Richard Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s lustige Streiche

14  – 1PM
QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
William Barton didg, Benjamin Northey cond
Wagner Overture from The Flying Dutchman
Barton Apii Thatini Mu Murtu (WP)
Sibelius Symphony No 5

15 – 1PM
MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Michael Pisani ca, Nicholas Carter cond
Haydn Symphony No 96, ‘Miracle’
Cawrse New work for cor anglais and orchestra (WP)
Stravinsky Symphony in C

16 – 1PM
TASMANIAN STRING QUARTET
Emma McGrath v, Jennifer Owen v, Douglas Coghill va, Jonathan Békés vc
Mozart String Quartet No 19 ‘Dissonance’
Jabra Latham New work (WP)
Bartók String Quartet No 5

17 – 1PM
WEST AUSTRALIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Adrian Tamburini b-bar, Elena Perroni s, Asher Fisch cond
Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem

LIMELIGHT SAYS…

“The soloists of the evening – soprano Elena Perroni and bass-baritone Adrian Tamburini – were timbrally perfect for the Requiem, with dark, resonant voices that really suit sombre German choral music…It’s difficult to imagine two more perfectly suited soloists to this particular work… The orchestra and conductor Asher Fisch were very much at home in this particular sonic wheel-house, navigating the moods and affects within and between individual movements beautifully… The consistency of WASO’s technical and aesthetic capabilities was both excellent and necessary. Brahms would be pleased.” Laura Biemmi

Shostakovich

Asher Fisch and West Australian Symphony Orchestra perform Brahms’ German Requiem. Photo courtesy of WASO

18 – 1PM
VIENNA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Rosa Feola s, Alisa Kolosova c-alto, Dmitry Korchak t, Ildar Abdrazakov bass,
Riccardo Muti cond
Beethoven Missa Solemnis

19 – 1PM
SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR
Chloe Lankshear s, Richard Butler t, Emily Granger harp, Jess Ciampa perc, Paul Stanhope cond
Gifford Mother Earth / Minga Bagan
Victoria Versa est in luctum
Finsterer When soft voices die
Macmillan Miserere
Stanhope Requiem (WP)

20 – 1PM
WEST AUSTRALIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Sara Macliver s, Dalia Stasevska cond
Prokofiev Symphony No 1 Classical
Golijov Three Songs For Soprano And Orchestra
Sibelius Symphony No 5

21 – 7PM
ADELAIDE FESTIVAL
Teddy Tahu Rhodes bar, Sally-Anne Russell ms, Rachelle Durkin s, Paul Kildea cond
Britten A Midsummer Night’s Dream

22 – 1PM
QUEENSLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Alison Mitchell f, Irit Silver cl, Benjamin Northey cond
Rimsky-Korsakov Overture from May Night
Gordon Kerry Sinfonia Concertante(WP)
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (arr. Ravel)

23 – 1PM
WEST-EASTERN DIVAN ORCHESTRA
Daniel Barenboim cond
Beethoven Overture to The Creatures of Prometheus
Brahms Double Concerto
Franck Symphony in D minor
Elgar Nimrod
Glière Canzonetta de concert

24 – 1PM
ORAVA STRING QUARTET
Shostakovich String Quartet No 6
Schulhoff Five Pieces For String Quartet
Luke Howard You Are Not Lost, You Are Here
Schulhoff String Quartet No 1
Kilar Orawa

25 – 1PM
MELBOURNE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Sophie Rowell v, Benjamin Northey cond
Mendelssohn Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Margaret Sutherland Violin Concerto
Ravel Ma mère l’Oye (Mother Goose) Suite

LIMELIGHT SAYS…

“It is a shame that we do not have the pleasure of hearing this piece more often. It is well-suited to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, which has always excelled with 20th-century works in which stridency and subtlety are demanded in equal measure. Sutherland’s Concerto embodies the tension of that era between romantic tonal music and lyrical chromaticism – it is hefty, serious, cerebral music that retains raw emotional appeal. She is sometimes described as the mother of Australian modernist music, and one can detect echoes of her contemporaries and successors in Australian composition.” Ben Wilkie

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Sophie Rowell credit Laura Manariti

Sophie Rowell. Image © Laura Manariti.

26 – 1PM
ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Desiree Frahn s, Teresa La Rocca ms, Adam Goodburn t, Joshua Rowe b, Luke Dollman cond
Holland Festival Flourish
Glanville-Hicks Gymnopédie No 1
Kats-Chernin Mythic
Grenfell River Mountain Sky
Cawrse Suite from Innocence (WP)

27 – 1PM
WEST AUSTRALIAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Claire Edwardes perc, Benjamin Northey cond
Rimsky-Korsakov May Night Overture
Iain Grandage Dances With Devils
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

28 – 7PM
RADIO FRANCE PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Marie-Nicole Lemieux ms, Roberto Alagna t, Yves Abel cond
Saint-Saëns Samson et Dalila

29 – 1PM
ADELAIDE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Simon Cobcroft vc, Nathan Aspinall cond
Haydn Cello Concerto in D
Robert Schumann Symphony No 1

30 – 1PM
SALZBURG FESTIVAL
Gerald Finley bar, Julius Drake p
Schubert Schwanengesang


ABC listening highlight

Queensland Symphony Orchestra
13 November at 1pm

Dane Lam Jayson Gillham

Dane Lam and Jayson Gillham at QSO’s Queensland’s Finest concert. Photo courtesy of Queensland Symphony Orchestra

One of the opening concerts of the Brisbane Festival brought together the talents of acclaimed conductor, Dane Lam, internationally recognised concert pianist, Jayson Gillham, and the youthful, multi-talented composer, Sebastian Lingane.

In their early 20s, Lingane’s resume reads like someone who has enjoyed a very full life already. A percussionist, pianist, ukulele player, part-time accordionist and composer, they have also lived across the globe in Europe, Asia and Australia. The world premiere of their tone poem, entitled Illuminating Paradise, was commissioned by the QSO, and is an impressive, sophisticated and well-crafted work, boding well for Lingane as a future composer of note.

It was a luxury to hear Queensland concert pianist, Jayson Gillham, now an international star, playing one of the great Beethoven Concertos, No 4 in G. He did not disappoint. Gillham demonstrated not only a highly-polished technical virtuosity but a thoughtful sensitivity in his fingering, making for a very fine rendition of this exceptional Concerto.

Richard Strauss’ tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel lustige Streiche, is a good piece to demonstrate QSO’s skills, with conductor Dane Lam in his element, teasing out the many musical colours of the characters in the individual instruments.

Lam was exemplary throughout the concert both on the podium and in his introductions of the pieces to be played. He managed Lingane’s new work with aplomb, bringing out the nuances of the musical language and the rhythms of the work with precision and focus. His attention to detail in Beethoven’s concerto, drawing out the marvellous musical colours and complexities of this work from the orchestra, was first-rate. Overall, this was a marvellous concert, well realised and delivered by an exuberant orchestra. Suzannah Conway


All concert listings are correct at the time of publication. There are frequent changes to the plans of Australian and international orchestras, venues and groups at the moment, and ABC Classic broadcast plans are subject to amendment as a result. Please check the ABC Classic website for up-to-date listings.

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