Les Illuminations with Emma Matthews

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Ensemble Liaison & Friends is a unique concert series presented by three internationally acclaimed musicians — David Griffiths (clarinet), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello) and Timothy Young (piano).

A program that draws inspiration from folk song and dance, Ensemble Liaison opens with some beautifully arranged songs of Britten. Turning then to Greece, the Three Island Songs by John Psathas are described by the composer himself as lively and contagious dances. De Falla’s ever popular set of traditional Spanish songs display gypsy and flamenco flavours with the haunting Asturiana from Northern Spain forming the central movement.

Mahler’s final section from his Symphony No.4 reveals his inspiration through texts of old German song. We conclude with Britten’s exhilarating and sensuous settings of songs on texts by Arthur Rimbaud in a fabulous arrangement by Iain Grandage.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Ensemble Liaison


Benjamin Britten
Three Folk Songs

John Psathas
Three Island Songs

Gustav Mahler
‘Das himmlishe Leben’ from Die Knaben Wunderhorn

Manuel de Falla
Suite Populaire Espagnole

Benjamin Britten
Les Illuminations


David Griffiths clarinet
Svetlana Bogosavljevic cello
Timothy Young piano

Guest Artist

Emma Matthews soprano


This production is part of the following series:

Ensemble Liaison 2019

Ensemble Liaison is renowned for imaginative programming, setting the trend for brilliant collaborations with leading artists.