2017 Coriole Music Festival

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2017 Coriole Music Festival
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The Coriole Music Festival encompasses two days of beautiful chamber music, with meals and wine included. There are two concerts on Saturday and one on Sunday. Each of the weekend’s three concerts will be followed by a delicious meal in the Coriole courtyard, where performers and audience can mix while enjoying fine food by chef Tom Reid and superb Coriole wines. On Saturday morning, before the first concert, Music Director Anthony Steel will give a talk to introduce the program of music. Patrons are encouraged to come along for the whole weekend but it is possible to attend either the Saturday or Sunday only.

The core of this year’s program takes us on a journey across the midriff of Europe from Russia in the east through Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Austria to France in the west, with works written in the first four decades of the twentieth century by leading composers from each of these countries. We also travel a hundred years further back on three occasions in order to include Germany and notable compositions from either end of Ludwig van Beethoven’s middle, so-called ‘heroic’ period. And we cross the Atlantic to salute perhaps the first outstanding American composer, Charles Ives, and Stephen Foster, sometimes known as the ‘father of nineteenth century song’. In addition to Coriole’s traditional emphasis on masterworks of chamber music and song, the repertoire also includes what are effectively a one-act opera (Janáček’s The diary of one who disappeared) and a short concerto (Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for harp, flute, clarinet and string quartet).

The musicians include Tinalley, in their second year as our quartet in residence, with first violin Adam Chalabi also appearing as soloist outside of the quartet; Coriole favourites Andrew Goodwin and Konstantin Shamray in very welcome return visits; young mezzo soprano Anna Dowsley, who has been making waves in major roles for Opera Australia; and leading Melbourne harpist Alannah Guthrie-Jones.

Once again it is the careful match of splendid musicians with great music that I hope will make this year’s program as much of a delight as Coriole’s are wont to be.

— Anthony Steel, Music Director
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By: Coriole Music Festival

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