April 29, 6pm Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Chamber Players performs glorious music by three revolutionaries. From the brooding pastoral beauty of Bridge’s Phantasy Quartet to the shape-shifting sonic imagery of Motion by Nico Muhly and Prokofiev’s revolutionary Quintet originally composed for ballet, the ensemble brings colour and precision to the compelling musical landscapes crafted by these powerful compositional voices.
Frank Bridge Phantasy for Piano Quartet in F-Sharp Minor, H.94
Nico Muhly Motion
Sergei Prokofiev Quintet in G minor, Op.39
Masters of Melody
June 23, 2pm The Memo, Healesville
The Melbourne Chamber Players spend an afternoon with the masters of melody, illuminating the stunning sounds of Mozart, Schubert, Edwards and Finzi. Succumb to the sophistication of Mozart’s Oboe Quartet, the shimmering soul of Schubert’s unfinished String Trio and the pastoral beauty of Finzi’s Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and String Quartet.
Wolfgang Mozart Oboe Quartet in F Major, K. 370/368
Franz Schubert String Trio D. 471
Ross Edwards Four Bagatelles
Gerald Finzi Five Bagatelles for Clarinet and String Quartet
October 28, 6pm Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre
Melbourne Chamber Players explores contemporary and 20th-century composers whose daring music is praised for capturing a national identity. A premiere of Nigel Sabin dazzles with distinctive Australianness, reflecting the idea his daring works ‘convert the enemies of contemporary music’. Phantasy by Imogen Holst swirls with lyricism amid its treasured English pastoral aesthetic, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Quintet reveals all the brilliance and playfulness of his colourful style.
Nigel Sabin Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet
Imogen Holst Phantasy Quartet for String Quartet
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Quintet in B-flat