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Charismatic Australian conductor, Simone Young, returns to Melbourne on Sunday 19th of August, 2018 to conduct the ANAM Orchestra in a concert of profoundly moving German repertoire.

Young is internationally recognised as one of the leading conductors of her generation and the upcoming concert, entitled Simone Young Conducts Brahms, sees Young continue her fruitful partnership with the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and her Brahms cycle, conducting his Third Symphony as well as Rihm's Ernster Gesang and Strauss' Metamorphosen.

Strauss' sorrow-laden Metamorphosen, a threnody for the Germany of 1944 that lay in ruins about him, teeters precariously on the edge of this world and another: following its final bars, we are inevitably left staring into an immense silence. The life-affirming answer is the elegiac lyricism of Brahms' Third Symphony.

Credit: Berthol Fabricius

As the former General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera, Music Director of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, founder of the Hamburg Sounds at Easter Festival, and recipient of the prestigious Brahms Prize by the Schleswig-Holstein, Young's relationship with Brahms is well entrenched - "Hamburg is the city, not only of Brahms, but of great interpreters of Brahms… You cannot get away from Brahms."

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"We are thrilled to be able to welcome Simone Young back to ANAM", says ANAM Artistic Director Nick Deutsch.

"This year, Simone will enlighten our young musicians with Brahms' most rarely performed Symphony - no. 3, hailed by critics of the time, to be his finest. The Symphony will be complemented with Wolfgang Rihm's Ernster Gesang, an orchestral Intermezzo inspired by the late piano works and Lieder of Johannes Brahms as well as Richard Strauss' dark and solemn Metamorphoses for 23 solo strings (1945). For me, this is definitely one of the highlights of our season!"

ANAM cellist David Moran is equally excited for this performance and he will lead the cello section for Rihm's Ernster Gesang. "It is a piece that explores the timbral possibilities of the orchestra in an evocative way," he says "combining Schoenberg's conceptualisation of 'tone colour melody' with an easily digested harmonic language. The absence of violins in the orchestration allows the lower strings to speak openly and enjoy some time in the spotlight."



RIHM Ernster Gesang

R STRAUSS Metamorphosen

BRAHMS Symphony no. 3 in F op. 90

Simone Young conductor

ANAM Orchestra


Tickets for Simone Young Conducts Brahms are now on sale through or 03 9645 7911 and priced as follows: Full $75.00, Senior $60.00 and Concession $48.00. Early bookings are advised.

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When: Sunday 19 August, 5pm
Where: Melbourne Recital Centre, 31 Sturt St, Southbank VIC 3006
Cost: Full $75 / Senior $60 / Concession $48
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