WASO - Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto

​West Australian Symphony Orchestra Masters Series presents…


Perth Concert Hall, 24 November 2017, 7:30pm


This program includes two works. 

Rachmaninov ǁ Piano Concerto No.2

A product of an extended period of writer’s block cured only with hypnotherapy, Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto is a ravishing masterpiece, overflowing with lush, rich melodies that live long in the memory. One of the concerto’s most original features is its opening – a series of eight chords and deep bass notes for the piano leading the audience to the restless main theme. This soulful concerto demonstrates the close relationship that must be established between piano and orchestra and results in unique textures and colours that enhance the great outpourings of melody. The melody of this concerto has been an inspiration for many artists, providing the basis for Frank Sinatra's 1945 "Full Moon and Empty Arms", appearing in Eric Carmen's 1975 ballad "All by Myself" as well as Muse's 2001 song "Space Dementia".

Shostakovich ǁ Symphony No.10

The bitter core of Shostakovich’s 1953 Tenth Symphony is its second movement: a less than flattering portrait of Stalin, who died the same year. Stalin is painted through music of unremitting terror and frenzied violence, the military drum making its presence keenly felt. This deeply personal symphony journeys through foreboding, anguish and despair before tragedy and repression are finally overcome in the thrilling finale, ending in a blaze of ecstatic joy.​


WASO Principal Conductor & Artistic Advisor ǁ Asher Fisch

Maestro Fisch has been Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser at WASO since 2014. A seasoned conductor in both the operatic and symphonic worlds, Fisch’s appointment to WASO is his first chief artistic position with a symphony orchestra. He has also conducted the Berlin Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Gewandhaus Orchestra, and Orchestre National de France, among others. Fisch’s tenure with WASO is confirmed until 2023.

Asher Fisch appears courtesy of Wesfarmers Arts

Guest Artist (piano) ǁ Alexander Gavrylyuk

Born in the Ukrainian city of Kharkov, Gavrylyuk began his piano studies at the age of seven and gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old. He moved to Australia 4 years later to study at the Australian Institute of Music. Now living in Amsterdam, he remembers the nine years he spent in Australia with deep affection. "I learnt about a new kind of freedom there," he says. "The inner freedom, the freedom of expression and the freedom of identity."

He went on to win multiple international piano competitions including First Prize at the Hamamatsu International Piano Competition in Japan in 2000 where the Japanese press lauded him as the “most talented 16-year old pianist of the second half of the 20th Century”. In 2005 he took both the coveted Gold Medal as well as the award for Best Performance of a Classical Concerto at the internationally renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition.

Gavrylyuk's passion is most evident in his performances of Sergei Rachmaninoff, with whom he felt a connection from an early age: the romance, the torture, the elation. In Rachmaninoff's music, he sees a perpetual struggle between dark and light. "His music is always that of the triumph of goodness and the glory of life," he says. "It is dramatic, as well as pure, beautiful and serene."​

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Woodside and WASO

Woodside supports the West​ Australian Symphony Orchestra (WAS​O) as its Platinum Partner for the International Artist Masterclass Program.  This partnership aims to provide high quality music education and lifelong learning opportunities for local, young West Australian artists. The Program provides local music students with world-class tuition from internationally acclaimed artists and bridges the gap for students to a professional career in orchestral music.