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
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
November 30, 7pm Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middle Park
Joined by the very effervescent Australian harpist, Melina van Leeuwen, the Melbourne Chamber Players illuminate the magical works of Ravel, Marquez, Ibert, and Piazzolla in a celebration of life, love and French virtuosity.
Maurice Ravel Introduction and Allegro
Jean Francaix Wind Quartet No. 1
Arturo Marquez Danza de Mediodia
Jacques Ibert Trio for Violin, Cello and Harp
Astor Piazzolla Libertango
July 20, 7pm Church of All Nations, Carlton
Join us for our opening performance of 2018, featuring a stellar reimagining of J.S Bach's Goldberg Variations and the inimitable Septet of Beethoven. Learn More...
Goldberg Variations (ar. V. Vonasec for wind trio) - J. S. Bach
Septet in E-Flat, Op. 20 - L. Beethoven