This program showcases rarely performed works for string quintet. It features three brilliant female composers from three different musical eras – Hildegard of Bingen (Medieval), Barbara Strozzi (Baroque) and Andrea Clearfield (21st century). Clearfield’s quintet, “Women of Cyprus” was inspired by courage, beauty and strength of the thousands of Cypriot women who marched in peaceful protest of the Turkish occupation in 1992. The final work is a string quintet written by the “Paganini of the Double Bass”, Giovanni Bottesini. Bottesini was a celebrated opera conductor (he even conducted the premiere of Verdi’s Aida!) and his expressive writing draws heavily from the Romantic Italian opera tradition.
Please join us after the concert for a complimentary glass of Narkoojee wine and meet the musicians.
17 Sep 23
WHERE + WHEN
MELBOURNE Sun 17 Sep 23 Australian Nurses Memorial Centre
Sophie Rowell VIOLIN
Lucy Warren VIOLIN
Merewyn Bramble VIOLA
Blair Harris CELLO
Emma Sullivan DOUBLE BASS
Hildegard VON BINGEN O dulcissime amator from Three Antiphons (arr Marianne Richert Pfau)
Barbara STROZZI L'usignuolo from Il primo libro di madrigali
Andrea CLEARFIELD String Quintet Women of Cyprus
Giovanni BOTTESINI Gran Quintetto in C minor
“PURSUED GREATNESS WITH DETERMINATION + CONFIDENCE”
The Australian on MCO