Music: Inspiring Wagner

6 June 2017

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6 September @ Perth Concert Hall,
West Australian Symphony Orchestra

The mid nineteenth-century was a time of great social and artistic upheaval, and the world of music was not immune to the forces of change. Leading composers such as Liszt and Schumann experimented with new genres, tonalities and forms, and their music was imbued with the poetic and romantic fervour of the time.

Building upon Liszt’s early experimentation with chromatic harmony, and, like Schumann, seeking to create a new vision of German opera, Wagner revolutionised music with his audacious new harmonies, gargantuan orchestras and grandiose dramas. In the second half of this concert, Asher Fisch and the Orchestra take us on an exhilarating journey through the pinnacle of Wagner’s operatic ambition – his four-opera Ring Cycle. Through five orchestral extracts from the Ring, they showcase Wagner’s immense artistic achievement and his mastery of orchestral writing.

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