Concert #1

Concert #1 – Festival Opening

Sunday 9th December, 6-7:30pm 

107 Milton Rd, Milton QLD 4064

Adult $35 / Concession $25 / Student $15

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Launching the inaugral iteration of the Brisbane Music Festival into being, this first concert celebrates two of the great masters of classical canon, Bach and Beethoven.


Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Sonata #8 in C minor, Op. 13 ‘Pathetique’

Johann Sebastian Bach – Violin Partita #2 in D minor, BWV 1004

Ludwig van Beethoven – Clarinet Trio in Bb major, Op. 11

Please join the artists for a complementary glass of bubbles and sumptious nibbles after the event*



Alex Raineri (artistic director / piano)

Lachlan O’Donnell (violin)

Macarthur Clough (clarinet)

Katherine Philp (cello)


Hearkening to the traditions of Viennese Classicism established by earlier composers (most notably Mozart and Haydn), Beethoven’s Clarinet Trioand Pathetique Sonata are brimming with characteristics of his early compositional period whilst simultaneously alluding towards a radical flavor of musical development and ingenuity.

Written only a year apart, the Clarinet Trio and Pathetique could not be more contrasting in character. Undeniably one of the most famous of the 32 Piano Sonatas, the stormy first and last movements of the Pathetiquecreate a narrative that is guided by pathos and drama, complemented by a memorably stunning middle movement. In contrast, the trio is brimming with unrestrained optimism and joyous energy and is one of the earliest major pieces of chamber music to incorporate a wind instrument.

In between these two works is Bach’s monumental Violin Partita #2, culminating in the famous Chaconne which violinist Joshua Bell describes as “…one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It’s a spiritually powerful piece, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect.”


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