David Rowden's 2019 Top 5

David Rowden's 2019 Top 5

1. Nico Muhly: By All Means

When I was a student at the Royal Academy Of Music, I was lucky to be involved in a collaboration with the Juilliard School of Music where I met composer Nico Muhly, also a student. At the time Nico was Philip Glass’s compositional assistant and had arranged Bjorks latest album. By All Means was the work that was created as part of the collaboration and I was lucky to have premiered it in it’s very first performance.

I am thrilled that after all this time I am able to work with Nico again and bring his music to Sydney, including a new commission for Omega Ensemble.

By All Means is featured in American Masters, Tuesday 2 July 2019.

2. Mozart: Serenade in B-Flat Major ‘Gran Partita’

For wind players, we jump at the chance to perform the Gran Partita in concert - it is a true masterwork that expertly treats each of the 13 wind parts . At it’s premiere more than 230 years ago, a critic declared “glorious and sublime! … at each instrument sat a master - oh, and what an effect it made - glorious and grand, excellent and sublime!” and it still has this effect on audiences today.

The Adagio is particularly meaningful to me, as it is the work that was performed at my wedding in 2010.

Mozart’s Gran Partita is featured in Grand Mozart, Tuesday 9 April 2019.

3. Brahms: Clarinet Trio in A Minor

One of the most emotionally charged works in our 2019 season, Brahms’ Clarinet Trio is chamber music at its most raw. Brahms’ treatment of thematic material in this work is truly remarkable, starting the movement with a solo cello motif and passing the melody between parts in a very loving and embracing way.

Brahms’ Clarinet Trio is featured in Brahms in Love, Saturday 15 June 2019

4. Faure: Requiem

Faure’s Requiem is one of the most beloved Choral works, however the 1901 symphonic version most commonly performed was the result of over 13 years of changes and additions. The original version from 1888, written for much smaller ensemble is rarely performed, and a much darker orchestration. In 2019, we our performance of this work is the first time Omega Ensemble has performed with voices, and I am thrilled to be able to work with The Australian Voices and Gordon Hamilton on this performance.

Faure’s Requiem is featured in Eternal Requiems, Tuesday 5 November 2019

5. Mahler: Symphony No. 1, ‘The Titan’

Part of the joy of performing chamber music is the incredible interaction between individual performers and the tight interplay between each instruments. But these musical lines often also exist in larger symphonic works. In 2019 we are attempting to reduce Mahler’s Titantic Symphony, crystallising the Symphony into its purest form. It will be a true feat for our musicians. We are again working with British composer Iain Farrington’s incredible arrangement of the symphony.

Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 features in Mahler One, Tuesday 10 September 2019