Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Elena Schwarz conductor
Clara-Jumi Kang violin
Natalie Williams Fourth Alarm
Brahms Violin Concerto
About this performance
Australian composer Natalie Williams’ music has been performed by the likes of the MSO, Atlanta Opera, Berkeley Symphony, and Musica Viva. Fourth Alarm (2013) expands a short Australian Army bugle call into a vivid work for orchestra – at once an expressive call to arms and a pressing, rhythmic warning of danger.
The enduring success of Brahms’ knockout Violin Concerto was in no small way influenced by a fated musical encounter with violinist Joseph Joachim when Brahms was only fourteen. Years later, they became friends, and this concerto was written especially for Joachim, who had a significant hand in its composition. International powerhouse violinist Clara-Jumi Kang puts her distinctive musical stamp on this astonishing work.
Duration: approx. 1 hour no interval