This was Elgar’s last substantial composition, written at the end of the First World War, saturated with a poignant nostalgia for a world that was gone forever. Only a cello, played here by our own Simon Cobcroft, can convey such sepia melancholy.
Debussy’s Prélude a l’après midi d’un faune changed the course of music history. Each chord is tinged with pleasure, reluctant to move on, just as an awakening faun tries to hold on to his daydream of beautiful nymphs.
Prokofiev’s Fifth Symphony dates from the end of the Second World War, and is an outwardly buoyant celebration of the Russians’ imminent victory. Prokofiev’s melodies are winningly affirmative and cheerful… but is their noisy culmination a tad too violent, or just raucous fun?
For insights into the music making by special guests in our Master series, attend these free talks. One hour prior to each concert, they’re held in the auditorium of the Adelaide Town Hall.
ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO - Master 7
Fri 23 Sep, 8:00pm & Sat 24 Sep, 6:30pm
Tickets from $69
Bookings through BASSwww.bass.net.au or 131 246