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Starts at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Samuel West, Robin McLeavy (actors), Australian Chamber Orchestra, Janácek (arr Tognetti), Beethoven (arr Tognetti)
Named after Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, the novella was published in 1889 and promptly censored by the Russian authorities. It’s an argument for the ideal of sexual abstinence and an in-depth first-person description of jealous rage.
The main character, Pozdnyshev murders his wife and the man he suspects her having an affair with. In his analysis, the root cause for the deed were the "animal excesses" and "swinish connection" governing the relation between the sexes.
The script for tonight’s performance starring Samuel West (son of leading British actor Timothy West) and Robin McLeavy was written by Laura Wade and portrays two versions of the Tolstoy story accompanied by arrangements of the original Kreutzer Sonata by Beethoven and a later version by Leos Janácek”s String Quartet.
These have, in turn, been arranged for this performance by the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Richard Tognetti.
This concert was recorded live in the Adelaide Town Hall by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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