Sir Simon Rattle conducts the Australian World Orchestra (AWO) for two concerts in Sydney with special guest mezzo-soprano, the incomparable Magdalena Kožená, making her Australian debut.
At its inaugural concert series in 2011 the AWO was conducted by Simone Young. In 2013 it presented another highly acclaimed series under Zubin Mehta . In 2015, the AWO has once again attracted one of the world’s leading and most charismatic conductors, Music Director of the esteemed Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle.
The 2015 season includes 95 Australian musicians from over 30 cities around the world, all of whom play in the world’s leading orchestras and ensembles, from the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras to the Concertgebouw, London and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, as well as Australia’s own magnificent state orchestras.
The programme will commence with two works by Debussy, his Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, followed by Ariettes oubliées in an arrangement especially orchestrated for the AWO by Australian composer, Brett Dean, performed by Czech mezzo-soprano, Magdalena Kožená with the orchestra.
The major work on this programme is Bruckner’s monumental 8th Symphony.
The programme: Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun)/Debussy: Ariettes oubliées (Forgotten Songs) orchestrated by Brett Dean/Bruckner: Symphony No.8 in C minor.
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