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The Sounds of Vienna: Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra at St Ambrose Church

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St Ambrose Church

Sounds of Vienna: Schubert’s Octet in F major, D.803 

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s chamber musicians come together for Schubert’s Octet, one of the composer’s finest works.

Vienna was the centre of the cultural world at the dawn of the 19th century. Music was performed everywhere – in homes both grand and modest, in the taverns, even in the streets. Schubert wrote his Octet in 1824 at the suggestion of a colleague who wanted another piece like Beethoven’s Septet, first performed in Vienna in 1800 and still very much a favourite of the city’s music community. Schubert added a second violin to Beethoven’s instrumentation, and kept a similar structure to his work, but the character of the music is all his own.

One of the cornerstones of the Classical chamber repertoire, the Octet retains the easy charm of divertimenti and serenades, but at a length of nearly an hour it is so much more substantial than those earlier pieces. This composer’s most ambitious chamber work, it features those immediately Schubertian qualities of effortless, gorgeous melodies coupled with an almost desperate sense of heartache and longing.

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

The Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra specialises in historically informed performance of late 18th- to early 20th-century orchestral and chamber music repertoire on period instruments and is at the forefront of the historically informed performance scene. Bringing together leading Australian and international exponents, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra brings historical insights and new perspectives to masterpieces from the Classical and Romantic periods under the co-artistic direction of Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen.