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Vaughan Williams & Shostakovich

14 & 15 June 2024

In the Utzon Room

Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Classical Music

Shostakovich's fifteen string quartets are some of the finest works for small ensemble, and alongside those of Haydn and Beethoven, are indispensable.

Symphonies in miniature

Written to be performed without any break, Shostakovich’s quartet positively fizzes with energy, with richness and detail in both structure and texture. Experience all sides of the composer, from the traditionalist who worshipped Bach to the modern creator who found so much inspiration in jazz.

Ralph Vaughan Williams rarely composed chamber music, but what he did write is magnificent. His Phantasy Quintet displays all the trademarks of his style: rich textures, exquisite harmonies and melodic lines that soar high above muscular lower notes. It's a symphony in miniature.

There is so much to discover in this special event, and two perfect opportunities for collaboration between superb musicians.

Presented by Sydney Symphony Orchestra

Programme

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Phantasy Quintet
SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.9

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Musicians of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra

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