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Mahler Chamber Orchestra

26 November 2013

Sydney Opera House & Melbourne Recital Centre present
Mahler Chamber Orchestra 
CONCERT HALL, 10 & 11 June 2013

"The orchestra sounded superb, light and robust, graceful and full."NEW YORK SUN

"The plaintive warmth of the string playing was beyond belief."NEW YORK TIMES 


Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Recital Centre today announced the premiere visit to Australia of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (MCO).  Regarded as one of the most artistically interesting and successful ensembles on the international classical music scene, the MCO gives two performances at Sydney Opera House on 10 and 11 June followed by two performances at Melbourne Recital Centre on 12 and 13 June.

When the MCO made its debut at the Teatro Real in Madrid in 2008 Le Monde called it “the best orchestra in the world.”  The MCO is a travelling orchestra with 45 core members from 20 different countries including one Australian, Kirsty Hilton. The MCO is on the move for approximately 200 days each year and in 2012/13 will perform in 13 countries with performances in major musical centres as well as exclusive festivals from the North Pole to the Red Sea.  The MCO has been recognised as an official European Cultural Ambassador for the years 2011 to 2013.

The ensemble's flexible structure makes it possible for them to perform a very wide range of repertoire, including everything from chamber music to large symphonies and operas, from baroque to world premieres of contemporary works.

The Orchestra’s name refers to their roots in the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. Alongside founder, Claudio Abbado, Daniel Harding is the conductor who has played the most significant role in the Orchestra’s history. In the summer of 2011 the musicians voted unanimously to give Harding the permanent title of Conductor Laureate. As the protégé of Sir Simon Rattle, Daniel Harding will be making his Sydney debut with the Orchestra on this tour.

The first performance of the Sydney season features internationally renowned violinist Christian Tetzlaff, who was recently profiled in The New Yorker and who has been described by The Guardian as a performer “…few can equal today.” Teztlaff performs the virtuosic Beethoven Violin Concerto on a bill including Australian composer Brett Dean and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Rhenish. The second performance of the Orchestra in Sydney features American star cellist Alisa Weilerstein whose playing has captivated everyone from Daniel Barenboim to local audiences with some of the “most technically complete and emotionally devastating” playing to be heard on the international stage. Weilerstein performs the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1and the program concludes with the Orchestra’s thrilling interpretation of Dvorak Symphony No. 9 From the New World.


Beethoven’s Violin Concerto 
(Sydney, Monday 10 June & Melbourne Thursday 13 June)
DEAN Testament
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto
SCHUMANN Symphony No.3 Rhenish

Composers like Beethoven and Schumann are the foundation of the Mahler Chamber Orchestra’s repertoire, the gold standard of an orchestra’s prowess. Christian Tetzlaff and his ventriloquist’s skill for letting a composer speak through his playing will make this performance of Beethoven’s concerto unforgettable. Under the baton of conductors like Daniel Harding, Schumann’s symphonies are at last being heard for the works of genius they are. The Rhenish is full of high-spirits, high ideals – the work of a Romantic visionary in love with nature and with life.


Shostakovich and Dvořák
(Sydney Tuesday 11 June & Melbourne Wednesday 12 June)
HENZE Sonata for strings
SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No.1, Op.107
DVOŘÁK Symphony No.9 From the New World

Shostakovich’s white-knuckle cello concerto is the ideal vehicle for Alisa Weilerstein, whose intense and dramatic reading of this work has a devastating power. Shostakovich is emblematic of the bitter facts of Soviet Russian life but Dvořák’s Symphony No.9 is the optimistic opposite, born in a new world. This portrait of the golden age of 19th-Century America was premiered, aptly, in Carnegie Hall. Both are ideal showcases for the brilliant Mahler Chamber Orchestra.


WHERE:           Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House               
WHEN:             10 & 11 June 2013, 7.00pm                                                      
TICKETS:         49 (transaction fees apply)
BOOKINGS:  / 02 9250 7777
WHERE:           Melbourne Recital Centre     
WHEN:             12 & 13 June 2013, 7.00pm
TICKETS:          from $49 (transaction fees apply)
BOOKINGS: / 03 9699 3333     



Amanda Buckworth /         / 02 9451 0847 / 0413 949 140


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