Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Fabian Russell conductor
Augustin Hadelich violin
Harry Sdraulig Torrent
Bartók Violin Concerto No.2
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
About this performance
Fabian Russell leads the MSO in a collection of virtuosic works inspired by nature and folk music from around the world.
- Australian composer Harry Sdraulig’s evocatively titled works are often inspired by the beauty and power of nature. Here, Torrent comes to life – from frenzied furiosity to thick stagnancy and back again – under the baton of much-loved Australian conductor Fabian Russell.
- Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto takes its inspiration from folk music of the composer’s native Hungary and surrounds. Instead of Transylvanian fiddlers, however, this performance features the virtuosity of Grammy-award-winning violinist Augustin Hadelich, hot on the heels of his recent solo NPR Tiny Desk Concert.
- Based on folk dances and ecclesiastical chants, but with modern hints such as the inclusion of saxophone, Symphonic Dances was the last work Rachmaninov ever composed. Virtuosic playing, heaving energy, and gentle, lingering melodies make this unforgettable work an enduring favourite of audiences the world over.
Duration: approx. 105 minutes including interval