Above: Australian Haydn Ensemble’s Artistic Director Skye McIntosh with some ensemble members. Featured image: visiting fortepianist Melvyn Tan.
The Australian Haydn Ensemble’s (AHE) 2017 season continued with the group’s signature elegance, intellect and visceral precision on exciting display. ‘Melvyn Tan and Haydn’s Paris’ was a brilliantly devised programme of 18th century works with wonderfully interlocking connections. It also featured a fine collaboration with internationally renowned fortepianist Melvyn Tan.
As well as the concert including AHE favourites Mozart and Papa Haydn, it introduced us to the music of Parisian star performer, composer, dancer and fencing champion Chevalier de Saint Georges. We heard music from this dazzlingly individual and contemporary of Mozart in both the formal programme as well as in encore.
An energetic and enlightened example of a concert format from the late 18th century was welcomed heartily by the crowd attending HAYDN’S BRAVURA. The collaboration between the artistic director of the Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE), Skye McIntosh and musical director Erin Helyard was dynamic as they led the ensemble with informed resolve and joyous music making in the Sydney Opera House’s Utzon Room.
SONGS OF REST was the second collaboration for 2015 between The Australian Haydn Ensemble and The Choir of St James’. The two groups also performed Bach’s ‘St John Passion’ in March.
In a nicely contrasted programme of works in Latin language, William Byrd’s expressive motet ‘Infelix Ego’ was surrounded by a different style of Mass from the brothers Haydn. The concert started with Franz Joseph Haydn’s ‘Missa Brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo’, known as the ‘Little Organ Mass’ (1775). Following the Byrd motet and interval, Johann Michael Haydn’s ‘Requiem in C minor’ was heard.
Haydn’s ‘Little Organ Mass’ was presented with the necessary clarity and simplicity of text delivery. As in both of the liturgical works, there was a superb balance between the orchestra and choir of fifteen singers. Shifting choral textures were equally well rendered. The vocal performances delivered strong tone colours and was rhythmically precise. Continue reading Songs of Rest – Australian Haydn Ensemble @ St James Church→
A concert experience with the Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) is one where the carefully and creatively structured programme both delights and educates. This concert, featuring period flautist Melissa Farrow is no exception to such a rule.
In this second concert of the AHE’s 2015 series we are exposed to the chamber music formats of string trio and flute quartet. These two genres alternate throughout the programme. We are presented eighteenth-century fare from well-known composers as well as compositions by Mozart’s lesser known flute-virtuoso contemporaries. Continue reading Mozart’s Flute-Australian Haydn Ensemble→