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Local Heroes: Opus

Thursday 27 February 2020
Primrose Potter Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre

Arcadia Winds explores ground-breaking music for wind quintet.

Carl Nielsen’s seminal quintet anchors the program. Nielsen was one of the very first composers to consider the different personalities and combined potential of the wind instruments and their players – the result is a masterpiece of such scope and emotional weight that it has arguably never been bettered. Luciano Berio’s Opus Number Zoo takes a very different approach to the same ensemble, combining charming, playful portraits of animals with serious, ironic undertones. In Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Architectonics, we discover an equally radical departure: a piece of modern, highly-structured musical craftsmanship. A new work from renowned Australian composer Gerard Brophy brings us full circle in a stunning tour of the sounds of wind quintet.

Erkki-Sven Tüür | Architectonics
Luciano Berio | Opus Number Zoo
Gerard Brophy | New Work for wind quintet 2019
Carl Nielsen | Wind Quintet, Op.43



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