Grieg's Piano Concerto


Friday 28 & Saturday 29 June 2024, 7.30pm

Perth Concert Hall

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Outi TARKIAINEN The Ring of Fire and Love (9 mins) (Australian Premiere)

Edvard GRIEG Piano Concerto (30 mins)

Allegro molto moderato
Adagio –
Allegro moderato molto e marcato

Interval (25 mins)

Jean SIBELIUS Symphony No.5 (31 mins)

Tempo molto moderato
Andante mosso, quasi allegretto
Allegro molto

Dalia Stasevska conductor
Alexander Gavrylyuk

Wesfarmers Arts Pre-concert Talk
Find out more about the music in the concert with this week’s speaker, Prue Ashurst. The Pre-concert Talk will take place at 6:45pm at the Terrace Level Corner Stage.

Wesfarmers Arts Meet the Artist (Friday only)

Join tonight’s soloist, Alexander Gavrylyuk 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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This performance is recorded for broadcast Monday 15 July, 1pm (AWST) on ABC Classic. Date subject to change. For further details

Did you know?

In 1874, Grieg was granted an annuity by the Norwegian government in recognition of his great contribution to Norwegian and European music.

The Finnish government commissioned Sibelius to write the Fifth Symphony in 1915 to commemorate the composer’s fiftieth birthday.

Of all of Sibelius' multi-movement symphonies, this is the only one where every movement is in a major key.

Dalia Stasevska is married to Lauri Porraa composer and bassist in the metal and jazz bands Stratovarius and Lauri Porra Flyover Band Ensemble, and the great-grandson of Sibelius.

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Edvard Grieg

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16

Allegro molto moderato
Adagio –
Allegro moderato molto e marcato

After hearing a performance of Grieg’s piano concerto, Arnold Schoenberg is supposed to have remarked: ‘That’s the kind of music I’d really like to write’. It wouldn’t have been the first time that Schoenberg’s facetious humour was apparent, but one can’t help but feel that there was a wistful sincerity buried in the remark. Schoenberg, after all, believed that his experiments, first in atonality and later the twelve-note serial method, were forced upon him by historical destiny rather than being the result of his own wishes. He also remarked that there was ‘still plenty of good music to be written in C major’ and his last word was according to legend, ‘Harmony!’ Grieg’s concerto, while not in C major, is in its close relative, A minor, and is certainly full of good music. And it is, with good reason, popular – a fate not enjoyed by Schoenberg’s music.

Grieg himself was not so sure, however. He composed the concerto at the age of 25 whilst still relatively inexperienced in orchestral writing. He tinkered endlessly with the orchestration of his concerto between the time of the work’s (triumphant) premiere and his death. Grieg had studied at the Leipzig Conservatory from the age of 15 with the initial intent of becoming a concert pianist. Dissatisfied with his first teacher, Grieg began lessons with E.F. Wenzel, a friend and supporter of Schumann’s; under his tutelage, Grieg began writing piano music for his own performances and wrote passionate articles in defence of Schumann’s music.

The influence of Schumann’s Piano Concerto, also in A minor, on Grieg’s work has been remarked on frequently, but apart from their similar three-movement design and opening gesture (in both works a full tutti chord of A minor releases a florid response from the keyboard soloist) the style of each is markedly different. Both composers were, however, primarily lyricists, and Grieg’s concerto is certainly replete with exquisite tunes. Many of these echo some of the shapes of Norwegian folk music with which Grieg had become deeply familiar in 1864 when he had also become active in a society for the support of Scandinavian music. The piano’s opening gesture, for instance, recalls folk music in its use of a ‘gapped’ scale, and the origins of the finale in folk dance are clear.

Grieg was unable to attend the premiere of his concerto in Copenhagen in 1869, but it was an outstanding success, no doubt in part because Grieg’s cultivation of folk music struck a chord with the increasingly nationalist Scandinavian audiences. But in large part it was because the concerto was recognised as a youthful masterpiece. No less an artist than Anton Rubinstein, who attended the performance, described it as a ‘work of genius’. A year later Grieg and his wife travelled to Italy where Grieg met Liszt for the second time. Liszt had been encouraging of Grieg’s work some time before; now he allegedly sight-read Grieg’s concerto and said ‘you have the real stuff in you. And don’t ever let them frighten you!’

Grieg didn’t let them frighten him, and the Piano Concerto went on to establish his reputation throughout the musical world. Audiences responded, as they still do, to the charm of Grieg’s melodies, the balance of, it must be said, Lisztian virtuosity and Grieg’s own distinctive lyricism, and what Tchaikovsky,
who adored the work, described as the work’s ‘fascinating melancholy which seems to reflect in itself all the beauty of Norwegian scenery’. One of Grieg’s greatest admirers described the ‘concentrated greatness and all-lovingness of the little great man. Out of the toughest Norwegianness, out of the most narrow localness, he spreads out a welcoming and greedy mind for all the world’s wares.’ This was, of course, the Australian-born pianist/composer Percy Grainger who became one of the Grieg concerto’s most celebrated exponents and one of the dearest friends of Grieg’s last years. Not only that – Grainger spent time with Grieg working on the concerto before the composer’s death at which time Grieg was making the final adjustments to the orchestration; with such ‘inside knowledge’ Grainger was able to publish his own edition of the work in later years. Sadly, a proposed tour with Grieg conducting and Grainger playing the Concerto never transpired.

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FIRST PERFORMANCE: 3 April 1869, Copenhagen. Edmund Neupert, soloist; Holger Simon Paulli conducting Orchestra of the Royal Theatre.

18 April 1942. E.J. Roberts, conductor; Allen McCristal, soloist.

16-17 November 2018. Asher Fisch, conductor; Andrey Gugnin, soloist.

two each of flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons; four horns, two trumpets and three trombones; timpani, and strings.


Atonality – refers to music not written in any particular key.
Gapped scale
– unlike the major scale, in which adjacent notes are separated by a distance (or interval) of either a tone or a semitone, a gapped scale contains intervals of greater than a tone. An example is the five-note pentatonic scale, widely found in folk music.
Orchestration – the allocation of various notes and melodies to the different instruments and combinations of instruments in the orchestra.
Twelve-note (or 12-tone)
– tonal music adheres to a particular key, and primarily uses notes contained within that key or scale (in the key of C major this would be all of the white notes on a piano between C and the C an octave above). In 12-tone (or 12-note) composition, all 12 notes in the chromatic scale (i.e. all of the black and white notes on a piano between C and the C an octave above) are regarded as equal and are used impartially; the resulting music is said to be atonal, and not confined to any key or tonal centre.
Tutti – all of the instruments of the orchestra playing at the same time.

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Rachael Kirk

Can you remember your first performance with WASO?
The first time I played with WASO was as a casual musician for a performance of the Greek opera The Axion Esti in the 1991 Perth Festival. It was a long time ago so I don’t remember much about the opera but I do remember it was conducted by the composer, Mikis Theodorakis.

WASO performs a huge variety of concerts every year. What is your favourite type of performance?
One of the things I love about playing in WASO is the range of different musical experiences we offer - everything from symphonic concerts at Perth Concert Hall to performing with rock bands or playing movie soundtracks. Some of the most rewarding concerts for me have been small ensemble performances for aged care audiences, many of whom were experiencing live classical music for the first time. It’s a gentle reminder of the power of live music.

What qualities are most important in order to play the viola?
Viola players need to be very resilient and have a good sense of humour to be able to cope with the unending number of viola jokes. Violists also need to be good team players as we’re often required to play supporting roles in the music rather than the leading lines. This particular quality may explain why viola players are usually well represented on orchestral committees the world over.

There are seven viola players in your family! What’s one of your favourite family music memories?
There are indeed seven viola players of varying abilities in my extended family including my mum, cousins, nephews and nieces, but, unfortunately (or maybe fortunately!) we’ve never all played together. One of my favourite family music memories is playing Leopold Mozart’s Toy Symphony with my parents, siblings and our various offspring joining in on the toy instruments. A lot of fun was had by all!

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you choose to have with you?
That’s a tricky question. I’d probably choose a good supply of dark chocolate, some cool beverages and a very large Sudoku book. I definitely wouldn’t choose my viola as violas don't tend to burn for very long so it wouldn’t be terribly useful!

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From Zimmer to Rissmann, students of Perth experience WASO at its finest in May

WASO’s Education and Community Engagement team have had a very busy month in May, producing several experiences for students to engage with the wonderful world of orchestral music, a fitting celebration of UNESCO’s World Arts Education Month.

One of WASO’s string quartets visited four Education Support Centres across Perth to present Harmony Music. These performances were filled with uplifting music from films and video games, and were followed by a have-a-go session of a violin and viola. Reaching an audience of 230 across the performances, students were delighted with this opportunity to see and hear live music in an accessible and comfortable setting.

We were thrilled to offer students from Years 4 to 8 a one-hour adaptation of the hugely successful Music of Hans Zimmer event, called A Guide To Film Music. 1,367 students and educators soaked up exhilarating excerpts from popular film scores, including Pirates of The Caribbean, Batman, The Lion King and Kung Fu Panda.

Presented by special guests Andrew Pogson and Dan Golding, and conducted by Nicholas Buc, students were guided on an adventure through some of the finest film scores in Zimmer’s catalogue, highlighting his composition style and how themes are formed, plus the building blocks for creating emotion, mood, environment, suspense and character through music. It was truly wonderful to hear the excitement in the auditorium from students, eager to hear their state orchestra bring movies to life through music.

Our younger students were also treated to a spectacular experience, with WASO’s Education Artist in Residence, Paul Rissmann bringing childrens book Izzy Gizmo The Young Inventor to life with the help of our 11-piece Education Chamber Orchestra at the Perth Town Hall.

Written by Pip Jones, with illustrations by Sara Ogilvie and animations by Victor Craven, almost 500 students from Pre-Primary to Year 3 enjoyed this beautiful story about a fearless young inventor whose determination solves a great mystery and helps a friend in need. Set to Paul Rissmann’s stunningly composed music and performed by vocalist Libby Hammer and WASO’s Education Chamber Orchestra of 11 ensemble musicians, students were delighted to learn some of the songs with Paul and Libby during the concert. With plenty of singing, dancing and laughter, this intimate concert provided a wonderful opportunity for young students to get up close to our Orchestra and experience the unparalleled joy of music.

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Pre-concert Speaker

Prue is a graduate from the University of Western Australia with a Masters in Music Performance (Choral Conducting) and Bachelor degrees of Music Education and Performance. Having taught at Churchlands SHS, Perth Modern and Penrhos College, Prue’s school choirs have sung in Geneva, London, Singapore and Wales. She is now in demand as a choral conductor, educator, adjudicator and guest speaker. She has conducted for the Perth Festival, WA Opera, UWA Choral Society, WASO Chorus, PUCS and the Gondwana Choirs. For 14 years Prue has been a regular presenter on ABC 720 with the late Eoin Cameron. In 2013 the Rotary Foundation named her a Paul Harris Fellow for her lifetime work in music education. In 2016 she co-commissioned RIFT by the acclaimed British composer Anna Clyne for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music in California and in 2018 was a guest pre-rehearsal speaker for this festival. In 2019 Prue returned to ABC Perth radio as a regular guest with Gillian O’Shaughnessy and was Commissioning Patron of Paul Stanhope’s award winning I Am Martuwarra for Gondwana Choirs World Choral Festival at the Sydney Opera House. Prue continues her passion for contemporary orchestral and choral music by supporting the position of WASO’s Composer in Residence and commissioning new works for WASO by Olivia Davies, the award-winning Stratus (2021), In Waves (2022), Murmuration (2023) and Oscillations for Orchestra (2023).

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