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MUSICA VIVA TASMANIA PRESENTS
PIETER WISPELWEY & CAROLINE ALMONTE
Performance at Hobart Town Hall.
With a busy concert schedule across five continents the charismatic Dutch cellist Pieter Wispelwey is a crowd favourite all around the world. Since becoming the first cellist to receive the Netherlands Music Prize in 1992 (awarded to the country’s most promising young musician) he has come to enjoy a reputation as one of the world’s finest recitalists and concerto soloists.
With a repertoire spanning from JS Bach to Elliot Carter, and a growing portfolio of work written for him, Wispelwey is equally at ease on gut or metal strings, and on the 5-string baroque cello as he is on his 1760 Guadagnini.
In this season-opening recital for Musica Viva Tasmania he teams up with one of Australia’s best-loved pianists, Melbournebased Caroline Almonte, to perform three twentieth century works that hark back to earlier times – Debussy’s diminutive sonata which draws inspiration from Couperin and the baroque, and the neo-baroque and neo-classical approaches of the Poulenc Sonata and Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne. Rounding out the program is Schubert’s late masterpiece, the Fantasy in C for Violin and Piano.
Fantasy in C D934
Suite italienne (after Pulcinella)