PROGRAM 2: ‘to the eternal source’ with guest artist, soprano greta bradman
“Love is life. All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love. Everything is, everything exists, only because I love. Everything is united by it alone. Love is God, and to die means that I, a particle of love, shall return to the general and eternal source.” – Leo Tolstoy
Considering the reverence and esteem in which J.S Bach is held today, it is difficult to contemplate that many of his compositions virtually disappeared after his death. Indeed, were it not for the efforts of the young Felix Mendelssohn, Bach’s staggering legacy may have faded forever. When Mendelssohn’s great Aunt gifted the young Felix with a copyist’s manuscript score of Bach’s ‘St Matthew Passion’ for his fourteenth birthday, the teenager was so captivated by the score’s complexities that he subsequently devoted his life to promoting the music of arguably the most influential, innovative and prodigious composer of any era. The first half of this program is devoted to the extraordinary link between these two great composers beginning with Mendelssohn’s Opus 12 Quartet which was composed in 1829, the same year that he conducted the first performance of the St Matthew Passion since Bach’s death over eighty years earlier. In a new commission by Tinalley String Quartet, composer Calvin Bowman will reimagine the stunning aria, Erbame Dich from the St Matthew Passion, sung by the exquisite Greta Bradman.
Continuing the theme of song and inspiration, following the interval Greta joins Tinalley for a new adaptation of Schubert’s song ‘Death and the Maiden’, which formed the inspiration for his epic quartet of the same name, which will close the program.
‘Words are almost inadequate in describing Greta Bradman’s long-awaited excursion into the recorded world of bel canto and beyond… And now, the proof: what an extraordinary bobby-dazzler of a voice this is …’ The Australian
the 2017 series is a co-presentation between the tinalley string quartet & the sydney opera house and the melbourne recital centre.
image credit: Christie brewster.