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Australian premiere of the Gallipoli Symphony
November 24, 2015
Last night (Tuesday, 24th November) Jessica Cottis conducted the Australian premiere of the epic, eleven-composer Gallipoli Symphony, in Brisbane, with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra – to a standing ovation. The DVD release of the Istanbul performance debuted at number 2 in ARIA Music chart.
“What is remarkable about this symphony,” says Cottis, “is that not only do we have a new and important work of musical pluralism by 11 of the foremost composers from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, from the late Peter Sculthorpe to Omar Faruk Tekbilek, but that it truly affirms how music is universal: it can bring us closer, help us understand each other better. The movements join together perfectly as one piece. The music itself and the story it tells is overwhelming, sending a deeply profound message of collaboration and friendship between nations. The emotional impact is deeply moving. It genuinely feels as though it joins hands and creates a unified remembrance between these countries who were once at war."
“I’m Australian as well as Scottish,” she says, “so bringing it ‘home’ to Brisbane, and with the ever-fantastic players of the QSO, is likely to be even more meaningful. These kinds of experiences are rare but they show what music at its greatest can always do – remind us of what is truly meaningful in life.”
The Gallipoli Symphony world premiere performance is available on DVD from ABC Classics and can be purchased here.