Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Jaime Martín conductor
Yeol Eum Son piano
Thomas Adès Exterminating Angel Symphony (Australian premiere)
Ravel Piano Concerto in G
Sibelius Symphony No.5
About this performance
The MSO is joined by internationally in-demand pianist Yeol Eum Son for a program featuring masterpieces from the early 20th century and an Australian premiere.
- Thomas Adès’ Exterminating Angel Symphony brings together excerpts from his 2016 opera of the same name, based on the 1962 film by surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel. Adès utilises the eerie voice of an ondes Martenot, one of the earliest electronic instruments, invented in 1928.
- Ravel knew what he wanted to avoid in his Piano Concerto in G: drama for drama’s sake. “It has been said of certain classics that their concertos were written not ‘for’ but ‘against’ the piano. I heartily agree.” Ravel elegantly contrasts vibrant jazz-influenced passages with a sparse and heartfelt second movement.
- Sibelius revised his Fifth Symphony twice after its 1915 premiere, at a concert celebrating his fiftieth birthday. The final edit condensed the original first two movements into one. The finale features the achingly beautiful ‘swan hymn’ featuring striking intervals in the horns.
Duration: approx. 100 minutes including interval