Duo Kirsanova-Lewis – For the End of Time


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Georgina Lewis


Transcendent, gripping and honest.

About the artists

Drawn together in 2019 by a common interest in contemporary chamber music and the unique history of the Latvian folk song tradition, Duo Kirsanova-Lewis joined forces to explore hidden gems of Latvian and contemporary music. The partnership has led to a wider exploration of the art music of our time and its role in storytelling, inspiring hope and drawing people together.

History is marked by moments when humanity has faced our own fragility. For the End of Time is an exploration of responses to the unknown – hope, despair and deep introspection. The sublime and intimate combination of violin and piano is a vehicle for powerful and emotionally dynamic storytelling.

About the concert

This program explores themes around the difficult experiences of our time, with music written through history as a response to great loss or catastrophic events. The capacity to rise above horror to create beauty is displayed with poignancy in Olivier Messiaen’s music of sheer and devastating other-worldliness, written and premiered in prisoner-of-war camps in the early days of World War II.

This capacity is reinforced in the music of Ravel, Rachmaninov, Auerbach, Heller, Coleridge-Taylor, Ešenvalds. Transcendent, gripping and honest, each work is an ode to the soul’s capacity to find connection and meaning even in times of great suffering.

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Sophia Kirsanova violin
Georgina Lewis piano
Margie Jean Lewis – guest singer


Olivier Messiaen
Quartet for the End of Time: VIII. Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus

Max Richter
This Bitter Earth / On the Nature of Daylight

Eriks Esenvalds
Morning Mist

Maurice Ravel
Mélodies hébraïques: Kaddish

Barbara Heller

Lera Auerbach

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Deep River

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Vocalise, Op.34 No.14


This production is part of the following series:

Season Three: Illuminate

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.