Carnival of Animals

Ensemble Liaison

Details

Led by internationally acclaimed musicians David Griffiths (clarinet), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello) and Timothy Young (piano), Ensemble Liaison is lauded for its imaginative programs and stellar collaborations with leading Australian and international performers.

What’s better than one clarinet, you ask? When Ensemble Liaison teams up with talented students and staff from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music there will be no fewer than 11. Despite its maximalist cast, Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint is minimalist in style, using the clarinets to create seemingly electronic sounds that depict the thrilling urban soundscape of Manhattan.

In Saint-Saëns’s brilliant Carnival of the Animals, a bold and hilarious combination of instruments represent a veritable zoo, populated with long-eared characters, kangaroos and, of course, the famous swan. Humour and drama is also redolent in Dohnányi’s Sextet, and the artists premiere a new work by American pianist composer John Novacek, written especially for the Ensemble. With its wonderful guests and jubilant works, this concert has it all: drama, beauty and a whole lot of fun.

‘Terrifically exciting.’ The Age

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Ensemble Liaison

ARTISTS

Svetlana Bogosavljevic cello
Timothy Young piano
David Griffiths clarinet
Curt Thompson violin
Carla Blackwood french horn
Students from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

PROGRAM

Steve Reich
Clapping Music
New York Counterpoint

Ernő Dohnányi
Sextet in C, Op.37

John Novacek
New work (2020) (world premiere)

Camille Saint-Saëns
Carnival of the Animals

Series

This production is part of the following series:

Ensemble Liaison 2020

Ensemble Liaison is lauded for its imaginative programs and stellar collaborations with leading Australian and international performers.

Southbank Series 2020

Melbourne Recital Centre’s Southbank Series brings talented artists from across Australia to Melbourne for audiences to enjoy in the best place to hear.

Venue