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April 2020

Für Elise

Timothy Young
Für Elise Fantasy

Ludwig van Beethoven
Trio for Piano, Clarinet & Cello, Op.38

Modest Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition

Singular in his artistry and colossal in his impact, Beethoven’s legacy is as far-reaching as they come. His 250th birthday year is an occasion for artists and audiences to celebrate his prolific gifts and make refreshing new connections. Keen arrangers themselves, Ensemble Liaison performs Beethoven’s Septet Op.20, arranged by the composer for trio. A glorious exploration of form and style, the suite is one of Beethoven’s most popular and successful works.

The Ensemble’s own Timothy Young puts on his composer hat in a further tribute to the great composer with his Fantasy inspired by one of the most famous and deceptively simple classical works ever written for piano, Für Elise. Ensemble Liaison’s transcription of Mussorgsky’s masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition is a fitting conclusion to a concert where classical timelessness meets spontaneous re-invention.

‘Ensemble Liaison, with its superb bunch of friends, has continued to cement itself as one of Australia’s most accomplished chamber ensembles.’ Limelight magazine

August 2020

Stage and Screen with Kathryn Stott

George Gershwin
The Man I Love
Embraceable You

Svante Henryson
Off Pist

Donata Lovreglio
La Traviata Fantasy

Leonard Bernstein
West Side Story

Kings of Broadway and pillars of 20th-century American music and song, the genius of George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein shines through theatre classics like Porgy & Bess and West Side Story. Ensemble Liaison performs virtuosic chamber arrangements of the greatest hits from these two works. British pianist Kathryn Stott joins the Ensemble for John Musto’s brilliant two-piano suite capturing the best of Bernstein, and Earl Wild’s arrangements of Gershwin are a master class in piano transcription.

Fun at the opera continues in Lovreglia’s exquisite transcription on themes from Verdi’s La Traviata and extending the tradition of Italian bel canto is Sollima’s ‘Il Bell-Antonio’, a hauntingly beautiful song written as incidental music to an old film. To top it off is Henryson’s Off Pist, of which the composer says: ‘In music, we like to take our instruments to places they have never been, by extending range, playing techniques and even genres, involving an exhilarating degree of risk. We like to cross the black-and-yellow tape and go off-piste …’

This raison d’être describes precisely the kind of pioneering and adventurous spirit audiences find so appealing in Ensemble Liaison.

‘A national treasure.’ Limelight magazine

Svetlana Bogosavljevic cello
Timothy Young piano
David Griffiths clarinet
Kathryn Stott piano

October 2020

Carnival of the Animals

Steve Reich
Clapping Music
New York Counterpoint

Ernő Dohnányi
Sextet in C, Op.37

John Novacek
New work (2020) (world premiere)

Camille Saint-Saëns
Carnival of the Animals

What’s better than one clarinet, you ask? When Ensemble Liaison teams up with talented students and staff from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music there will be no fewer than 11. Despite its maximalist cast, Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint is minimalist in style, using the clarinets to create seemingly electronic sounds that depict the thrilling urban soundscape of Manhattan.

In Saint-Saëns’s brilliant Carnival of the Animals, a bold and hilarious combination of instruments represent a veritable zoo, populated with long-eared characters, kangaroos and, of course, the famous swan. Humour and drama is also redolent in Dohnányi’s Sextet, and the artists premiere a new work by American pianist composer John Novacek, written especially for the Ensemble. With its wonderful guests and jubilant works, this concert has it all: drama, beauty and a whole lot of fun.

‘Terrifically exciting.’ The Age

Svetlana Bogosavljevic cello
Timothy Young piano
David Griffiths clarinet
Curt Thompson violin
Carla Blackwood french horn
Students from the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music