Brett Dean: The Last Days of Socrates for bass baritone, choir and orchestra Première of a joint commission by Rundfunkchor Berlin, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Text by Graeme William Ellis)
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From Berliner Philharmoniker musician to composer – that’s Brett Dean’s career in a nutshell. In the process of arranging and improvising, the Australian-born violist discovered the composer in himself. His clarinet concerto Ariel’s Music, chosen for the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers, and the ballet One of a Kind brought him international renown.
Emboldened by the success, Dean decided in 2000 to devote himself principally to composition. Ties to his old orchestra have nonetheless remained intact. Berlin audiences may well remember his orchestral work Komarov’s Fall, which the Philharmonic commissioned.
Sir Simon Rattle, conductor
Kate Royal, soprano
Sarah Connolly, contralto
Matthew Polenzani, tenor
Sir John Tomlinson, bass
Simon Halsey Chorus Master
Berliner Philharmonie Website
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