Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Melbourne Recital Centre recapture the time when the world was full of mystery, and the ancients ruled the land. Myths about gods, heroes and nature have played a central role in the development of human culture and continue to inspire us to this day. The mysteries and majesty of the cosmos and its creation have captivated many composers, especially the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, whose Tapiola is a meditation on the ancient, mysterious Northern forests. This work has had a profound influence on many of the composers and artists featured in this year’s Festival.
Composer, pianist and conductor, Olli Mustonen is one of the most stimulating and thought-provoking musicians of our time. His 2012 performances of the Beethoven piano concertos with the MSO brought capacity audiences to their feet in acclaim. He returns to Melbourne to lead Australia’s most important festival of contemporary music, which will feature magnificent Australian violinist Kristian Winther in a major solo role in two programs.
In addition to the three orchestral programs featuring Olli Mustonen plus a piano recital from the Finnish master, guest pianist Joanna MacGregor’s time-travelling recital will encompass Bach and Shostakovich, the musical toys of Sofia Gubaidalina and birdsong from the Baroque to today. The Metropolis Festival also presents an eclectic collection of performances, talks and activities that dig deeper into the beginnings of our world and the stories and music we have weaved about it since the start of time.
Additional performances, talks and activities at Melbourne Recital Centre to be announced soon.