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Ashkar + Beethoven, Hobart



“His playing blends warmth and clarity, intensity and freshness that simply grabs you: pure Beethoven joy.” Die Welt

Commencing with a meltingly beautiful episode for the soloist, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 is a poetic meditation for piano and orchestra that strikes a perfect balance between the tender and the brilliant. Palestinian-Israeli pianist Saleem Ashkar, a Beethoven interpreter of distinction, appears with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for the first time in this concert.

Schumann felt that a symphony ought to be the sum of its parts rather than a series of disconnected movements, and in his Symphony No 4 he achieves a grand and coherent narrative from start to finish. Disconnection is precisely what Peter Sculthorpe dramatizes in Port Essington, a work that takes an event from Australian history – a failed attempt by white settlers to establish a trading post in the far north of the country – as the subject matter for a work that contrasts “polite” colonial music with the primeval forces of nature.


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Ashkar + Beethoven, Hobart

Federation Concert Hall
1 Davey Street, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

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