The Great Romantics


Friday 17 & Saturday 18 March 2023, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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The Great Romantics

César FRANCK Le Chasseur maudit (15 mins)

Peter Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1 (33 mins)

Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso – Allegro con spirito
Andantino semplice – Prestissimo – Andantino semplice
Allegro con fuoco

Interval (25 mins)

Romeo and Juliet - excerpts (40 mins)

The Montagues and the Capulets
Juliet the Young Girl
Romeo and Juliet
The Death of Tybalt
Friar Laurence
Romeo at Juliet’s Grave

Asher Fisch
Lukáš Vondráček

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts.

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

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Did you know?

Franck could be considered one of the most influential French composers of the 19th century, providing inspiration for Debussy and Ravel amongst others.

Tchaikovsky originally dedicated his Piano Concerto to Nikolai Rubinstein, however Rubinstein declared the concerto worthless and unplayable on first hearing it, demanding Tchaikovsky rework the composition. Tchaikovsky didn't change a note, published it as it was, and dedicated the concerto to Hans von Bülow instead!

Tchaikovsky's belief in his original notation was well-founded - the piece has gone on to become one of the best known and most-loved piano concertos of all time.

Romeo and Juliet was an instant success on it's premiere; a surprise to all of its participants after the dancers nearly boycotted the production, struggling with the music's syncopated rhythms.

In contradiction to Shakespeare's writing, the ballet of Romeo and Juliet was originally intended to have a happy ending. However the idea was vetoed by Soviet cultural officials, and Prokofiev ended up reverting to the traditional Shakespearean ending.

Unusually, on stage tonight is a tenor saxophone, a key instrument in crafting a unique sound for the orchestra in Prokofiev's composition.

Asher Fisch on Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto

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Listen to WASO play 'Dance of the Knights' from 'Romeo and Juliet' for The Australian Ballet

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