In his Phantasy Quartet, Britten presents a leisurely pastoral existence, which gives way to the grittiness of an industrialised world. First performed in 1933, the work still possesses a freshness and a contemporary sensibility that’s exciting to experience, as Britten experiments with rhythm and the range of possibilities offered by the instruments.
Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor is thrilling. Closely related to his ballet, Trapèze, it contains six characterful movements that lend themselves to expressive choreography. As pure music, the shapes form in the air as the mood shifts around the performers. It’s a fascinating piece, especially when heard in the intimate setting of the Utzon Room.
BRITTEN Phantasy Quartet
PROKOFIEV Quintet in G Minor
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Musicians
Harry Bennetts, David Campbell, Callum Hogan, Stuart Johnson, Marina Marsden, Justine Marsden, Alexander Morris, Shefali Pryor, Amanda Verner, Adrian Wallis, Justin Williams
Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra