Saturday November 23
5.30pm – 7.30pm $25
Sydney Cello Quartet
Songs Without Words’
The cello is known as the closest instrument to the human voice. Rostropovich even said he “fell in love with the instrument because it seemed like a voice – my voice”. In “Songs Without Words” the Sydney Cello Quartet will highlight the lyrical quality of this beautiful instrument with music spanning from the 1500’s to the modern era.
Journey back to the Renaissance with Palestrina’s divine motet “Sircut Cervus” and experience counterpoint at it’s finest with a selection Chorales from the Baroque master J.S. Bach. Also from this era is Pergolesi’s deeply moving ‘Stabat Mater’ depicting the Virgin Mary as a grieving mother. The power of Pergolesi’s writing is so profound that no words are needed to portray the anguish and sorrow being expressed in our excerpt from this beautiful, ecclesiastical work.
Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words” written specifically for cello and piano, along with a selection of the composers merry ‘lieder’ originally for bass choir are some of the highlights from the Romantic era to be given a rework for the cello quartet in this performance. Also on the program are a selection of beautiful Vespers by Rachmaninoff and his nostalgic work Vocalise . Although Vocalise was originally written for the voice it contained no words allowing the listener to draw their own personal meaning from the music.
Our exploration of the voice would not be complete without a look at the world of opera. Hear some of the best known arias by Wagner and Verdi reimagined for the cello quartet. Modern classics are also on offer as we dabble in some jazz, barbershop and even rock with music from the Beatles, the Chordettes and more.