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Deconstruct the classics in this unique music journey
Take a unique music journey with host and MSO cellist Nicholas Bochner. Nicholas, together with the musicians of the MSO, will deconstruct famous classical pieces so that you understand the context, history and story behind these well-known works. You will get into the mind of the composer, hear the musicians perform what is being explained, and dive into the pieces.
This program is proudly supported by TarraWarra Estate, who we’ve worked with to develop a ‘perfect pairing’ of classical works with selected wines for a truly multisensory home listening experience.
The videos will stay online permanently so you can re-watch them, share them with your friends, or play at a time that suits.
May 29, 1913 was a pivotal moment in music: the premiere performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.
Even if you’ve never heard the piece, many parts will be strangely familiar: it has influenced nearly every composer of the 20th century, and most particularly film composers.
Our selected wine pairing to The Rite Of Spring is the TarraWarra 2015 Estate Chardonnay, with its spring time pallet of vibrant grapefruit, lemon zest and hints of cashew.
Since its triumphant premiere in Dublin in 1742, Messiah has remained Handel’s most frequently performed work.
In 2019 The MSO presented a new orchestration of this beloved work, arranged by our previous Chief Conductor, Sir Andrew Davis.
Our selected wine pairing to Messiah is Tarra Warra’s 2016 Nebbiolo. This wine evokes the spirit of Christmas with its aroma of roses, smoked meats and spice, and a palate woven with intricate fruit and lingering tannin structure.
Find out what the 7th symphony is really about – a celebration of rhythm and dance.
Beethoven is a composer who, more than any before him, has themes recognisable by their rhythm alone, and this symphony takes that to a whole new level.
This performance is perfectly paired with TarraWarra’s vibrant and wonderfully-balanced 2018 Roussanne Marasanne Viognier – an excellent match for the lively dance-like rhythms.
A feast of brilliant orchestral colours and evocative effects, Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade is a landmark piece in descriptive instrumental music.
The brightness and colour of TarraWarra’s 2017 Estate Pinot Noir is a perfect foil for Scheherazade. Delicious fruit with supple tannins and fine structure.