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Melbourne Recital Centre's Great Performers series has become an essential part of Melbourne's musical calendar. In 2014, experience nine intimate evenings to transcend the everyday. Escape into a kaleidoscope of feeling, colour and sound.

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  • CNR SOUTHBANK BVD & STURT ST, SOUTHBANK VIC AUSTRALIA TELEPHONE 03 9699 3333 MELBOURNERECITAL.COM.AU

    GREATPERFORMERS2014 CONCERT SERIES

    M E L B O U R N E RE C I T A L C E N T R

    E P R E S E N T S

  • With its unique focus on international recitalists, Great Performers offers nine occasions to hear the worlds best musicians in the intimacy of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. Musicians often remark upon the immediacy and clarity of the sound, and also about the way they feel so close and connected to audiences here. It is this two-way engagement that inspires great performances.

    In 2014, we are delighted to welcome back some musicians who have already made big impressions on Melbournes music-lovers. Maxim Rysanov

    gave superb concerts with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra in 2012 and now returns to perform soul-baring viola music by Schumann and Shostakovich. Cellist Alisa Weilerstein astonished us with her searing performance with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra in 2013, and now well hear her solo in powerful works by Kodly and Bach. Nicolas Hodges, too, will be familiar to fans of contemporary piano music, and hell win you over with his Beethoven and Debussy in 2014.

    Making their debuts are some musicians weve wanted to present for several years: violinist Daniel Hope, whose concerts are always treats for the heart and mind; pianists, Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, a master colourist, and the innovative Joanna MacGregor. Well introduce the next generation of stars too. Soprano Julia Lezhneva is being compared to Cecilia Bartoli for her flawless technique, dramatic sensibility and stage presence. Karen Gomyo and her Stradivarius have the music-world buzzing, shes simply one of the most accomplished and elegant violinists around. The piano duo strikes back this time its 20-somethings, Alice Sara Ott and Francesco Tristano with rafter-shaking virtuoso versions of orchestral

    masterpieces including Stravinskys Rite of Spring, among others.

    Traditional and provocative, operatic and earthy, this is the most colourful, diverse and delightful Great Performers season yet. Purchasing season tickets is the easiest way to support the Centre and save, plus youll have access to the best seats in the house.

    I look forward to seeing you at these wonderful concerts at Australias best place to hear.

    Melbourne Recital Centres Great Performers has become an essential part of the citys musical calendar.

    WELCOMEM A R Y VA L L E N T I N E , A OC H I E F E X E C U T I V E O F F I C E R , M E L B O U R N E R E C I TA L C E N T R E

    Melbourne Recital Centres Great Performers has become an essential part of the citys musical calendar.

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    Nine intimate evenings to transcend the everyday. Escape into a kaleidoscope of feeling, colour and sound.

    LOOK DEEPER INTO MUSIC

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  • A violinist of probing intellect and

    commanding style. N E W Y O R K T I M E S

    DANIEL HOPE V I O L I N

    7.30PM TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY

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    A Celebration of Joseph Joachim_ A TRIBUTE TO A GREAT VIRTUOSO OF THE PAST FROM ONE OF TODAYS MOST CELEBRATED VIOLINISTS.

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  • Daniel Hopes recitals are adventures in music. Whether exploring familiar territory or embarking on new horizons, Hope takes us on emotionally exhilarating journeys.

    One of the most lauded British musicians of his generation, Hope has forged a career which balances popular success and personal expression without compromising the integrity of either. In 2012 he recorded a remixed Four Seasons and a CD inspired by the music of the spheres, bringing new music and old to a broader public. Like his mentor, Yehudi Menuhin, Daniel Hope is a communicator who happens to be a virtuoso, and a musician passionately interested in the music of other cultures and other times.

    Of all the great violinists of the 19th century, Joseph Joachim (1831-1907) stands apart for the role he played in expanding the repertoire and the expressive richness of his instrument. The dedicatee of the violin concertos of Schumann, Dvo k, Bruch and Brahms, and advocate of Bachs and Beethovens violin works, Joachim was one of the greatest musical catalysts and collaborators of his era, and not a bad composer himself. Daniel Hope has devised an evening of music inspired by Joachim, including Brahmss intensely personal sonata and the bracing ardour of a folk-tinged sonata by Joachims friend Grieg. Expect full-throated lyricism, virtuoso fire and visionary musicianship to satisfy every red-blooded Romantic.

    DANIEL HOPE violin _ W I T H : Mr Hope's associate artist will be confirmed in late 2013 _ D AT E : TUESDAY 11 FEBRUARY, 7.30PM _ P R O G R A M : A Celebration of Joseph Joachim

    BRAHMS Scherzo from the F-A-E Sonata

    CLARA SCHUMANN Romanze, Op. 22, No.1

    BRAHMS Violin Sonata No.1 in G, Op.78

    MENDELSSOHN Two Songs: Auf Flgeln des Gesanges and Hexenlied

    JOACHIM Romanze Op.2, No.1

    GRIEG Violin Sonata No.3 in C minor, Op.45

    _ Individual tickets available from Saturday 30 November 2013: Premium $105 / A $92 / B $75 / C $50/ Concession $50.* Purchase season tickets to save up to 30% on the regular price. *Transaction fee may apply.

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  • Julia Lezhneva combines flawless

    technique with emotional veracity.

    T H E G U A R D I A N

    JU IA EZHNEVA

    S O P R A N O

    7.30PM WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH

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    Baroque. Bel Canto. Bravura._ A THRILLING NEW VOICE IN SPARKLING, SOARING SONG.

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  • In Italy theres a word for Julia Lezhnevas impetuous virtuosity: bravura. Its bravura which makes audiences gasp with astonished delight when a singer jumps the most difficult technical and musical hurdles.

    Such gasps are regularly heard at Lezhnevas concerts. The 23-year-old soprano has already earned a world-wide reputation for superb performances of the most intricate and dazzling repertoire from the Baroque to the stratospheric vocal acrobatics of bel canto opera. Her astonishing musical maturity saw Lezhneva make her recording debut at 18 with luminary period music conductor Marc Minkowski, and launched a precocious international career. She is a talent in the ascendant.

    Lezhnevas voice and temperament are perfectly suited to the spectacle and emotion of the Baroque masters. Vivaldi, Handel and Porpora use all of the techniques of opera in their sacred music runs, roulades, trills and exquisite melody to move and awe the congregation. Mozarts Exsultate, jubilate is one of the purest expressions of joy in the repertoire. Lezhnevas emotional intelligence makes her one of the most sought-after Rossini heroines on the scene, revealing the heart beneath the vocal fireworks.

    JULIA LEZHNEVA soprano _ W I T H : Michael Antoneko, piano _ D AT E : WEDNESDAY 19 MARCH, 7.30PM _ P R O G R A M : Baroque. Bel Canto. Bravura.

    VIVALDI In furore from Motet: In furore justissimae irae, RV 626

    HANDEL O nox dulcis from Motet: Saeviat tellus inter rigores, HWV 240

    PORPORA Care Deus cordi amantis from Motet: In caelo stelle clare

    MOZART Tu virginum corona... Alleluia from Motet: Exsultate, jubilate, K.165

    ROSSINI La Regata Veneziana

    BELLINI Ma rendi pur contento

    SCHUBERT Impromptu in G-flat, Op.90, No.3

    ROSSINI Tanti affeti from La Donna del Lago

    _ Individual tickets available from Saturday 30 November 2013: Premium $105 / A $92 / B $75 / C $50/ Concession $50.* Purchase season tickets to save up to 30% on the regular price. *Transaction fee may apply.

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  • A first-rate artist of real musical command, vitality, brilliance and intensity. C H I C A G O T R I B U N E

    KAREN GOMYO S AVA

    GRIGORYAN

    V I O L I N

    C L A S S I C A L G U I T A R

    7.30PM WEDNESDAY 26 MARCH

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    The Devils Trill_ A DEVILISHLY GOOD DUO PLAY VIRTUOSO SHOWSTOPPERS FROM ROMANTIC ITALY.

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  • Canadian violinist Karen Gomyos gifts have singled her out as an artist to watch, equally capable of dazzling fingerwork as soaring lyricism, Fueled, in the words of one critic, by abundant talent, but not by a vain display of technique.

    Born in Tokyo and raised in Montreal and New York, Gomyo is a born globetrotter, her recent travels taking in the major orchestras of Europe and festivals around the world. On this tour, she makes her Australian debut. Her partner in this recital is Melbournes Slava Grigoryan, a musician whose versatility and flair have made him a cross-over star.

    The diabolical