Lush melodies, lovesick lamenting to stir soul in ‘Book of Departures’

Strelitzia comprises Lucy Warren (right), Eleanor Betts and Michael Curtain.

Story appeared in: Inner West Times | October 11th, 2017

STARRING Summer Hill resident Lucy Warren, award-winning trio Strelitzia Ensemble take the stage at the spectacular Independent Theatre later this month for an irresistible concert that – as always – includes a mouth-watering selection of cakes and coffee!
In Book of Departures, Strelitzia (Warren, Eleanor Betts and Michael Curtain) explores four very different works for Piano Trio, from the classical to the contemporary.
Haydn was one of the first composers to write for Piano Trio, and his bubbly, witty and very extroverted Trio in C Major is from a final set of 10, sometimes referred to as the 'London Trios', that he wrote during his second highly successful trip to London after his retirement from service to the Esterhazy family.
Australian composer Stuart Greenbaum originally composed his work Book of Departures as a final commission for the disbanding Sonic Arts Ensemble in 2007.
It is a work that travels through sadness and nostalgia to finish with a kind of triumphant optimism, and as Greenbaum writes: "'Departure' is an interesting word. It can denote sadness and nostalgia – but it can equally refer to the outset of exciting new journeys and in my mind this piece attempts to address both meanings."
At the tender age of 16, Shostakovich was sent to a sanatorium in Crimea to recover from tuberculosis, where he met and fell in love with Tatyana Glivenko.
An uncharacteristically romantic work, this trio is an interesting departure from the style many often associate with Shostakovich, filled as it is with lush melodies and lovesick outpourings.
Catch it on Sunday, October 29, from 2.30pm.
Tickets: $47 adult, $30 concession, $22 student and $16 child.
Bookings: or phone 9955 3000.

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Publication: Inner West Times | Section: news | Author: Cindy Lynch | Story ID: 131773 | Viewcount: 10563