Dance of Desire


Friday 23 & Saturday 24 June 2023, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Dance of Desire

Samy MOUSSA Nocturne (12 mins) (Australian Premiere)

Sergei PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No.3 (28 mins)

Andante – Allegro
Andantino (with variations)
Allegro non troppo

Interval (25 mins)

Albert ROUSSEL Bacchus et Ariane – Suite No.2 (18 mins)

Ariadne awakens
Dance of Bacchus alone
The Kiss
The Dionysiac spell
March past and presentation of the golden goblet to Ariadne
Ariadne’s Dance
Dance of Ariadne and Bacchus

Maurice Ravel La valse (13 mins)

Fabien Gabel conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Lachlan Skipworth. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6.45pm in the Terrace Level Foyer.

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Artist (Friday only)
Join conductor, Fabien Gabel for a post-concert interview immediately following the Friday evening performance in the Terrace Level Foyer. Uncover more about the music and hear insights into the performance experience.

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Did you know?

Nocturne is one of six works that American conductor, Kent Nagano, has commissioned from conductor and composer Samy Moussa.

Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 is famously difficult for the dexterity and stamina it requires of the soloist; as a result, it stands near the top of the list of ultra-virtuosic showpiece concertos.

Roussel started his conducting career on shipboard, while training to be a naval officer. He reached the rank of Lieutenant before deciding to become a professional musician at age 25.

Statistics from classical music website 'Bachtrack' found that Ravel's La valse was the most performed work across major concert halls worldwide in 2022.

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