Haydn's Cello Concerto


Friday 30 June & Saturday 1 July 2023, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Haydn's Cello Concerto

Igor STRAVINSKY Pulcinella - Suite (20 mins)

Scherzino – Allegro – Andantino
Gavotta con due variazioni
Menuetto –

Joseph HAYDN Cello Concerto No.1 (25 mins)

Allegro molto

Interval (25 mins)

Holly HARRISON Hi-Vis (10 mins)

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9 (27 mins)

Presto –
Largo –

Elena Schwarz conductor
Li-Wei Qin cello

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

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This performance is recorded for broadcast on ABC Classic. For further details visit abc.net.au/classic

Did you know?

From his Pulcinella ballet, Stravinsky selected 11 of the 19 numbers, and turned them into eight movements, whittling the 35-40 minute ballet down to 20 minutes of music.

Haydn's Cello Concerto No.1 was nearly lost forever. Haydn left a trace of the concerto's existence in his compositional catalogue, assembled around 1765; however, the manuscript was missing and lost within the Prague National Museum. It wasn't until 1961 that Czech musicologist Oldrich Pulkert discovered an eighteenth-century copy of the concerto in the Museum.

Holly Harrison was inspired by influences as wide-ranging as electronic dance music, brass fanfares, boot-scooting and disco for her work, Hi-Vis!

Shostakovich's Symphony No.9 was banned for many years by the Soviet government for its "ideological weakness" and its failure to "reflect the true spirit of the people of the Soviet Union."

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