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Musica Viva present British Ensemble Group I Fagiolini @ City Recital Hall

Director Robert Hollingworth (centre front) with I Fagiolini members. Photo: Keith Saunders
Director Robert Hollingworth (centre front) with I Fagiolini members. Photo: Keith Saunders

British ensemble I Fagiolini have demonstrated an innovative approach to vocal performance over the past decade. Diverse performance concepts using acrobats, live voices with recorded ones, film and costumes during concerts have brought fine interpretations of both early and recent works even further to life.

This is I Fagiolini’s first Sydney concert, as well as their debut with Musica Viva. The warmth of this group’s full texture plus the ringing tone of solo voices and great agility in polyphonic moments are the raw ingredients for this entertainment’s engaging success.

The concert structure, contact with the audience and a trademark mastery of works from eras spanning 1537 to 2015 are part of I Fagiolini’s recipe for success. The programme of short works is easily accessible and includes a world premiere of a new Australian composition. Continue reading Musica Viva present British Ensemble Group I Fagiolini @ City Recital Hall

Sydney Youth Orchestra-Legends of Past @ City Recital Hall

Actor Paul-William Mawhinney performed a moving monologue by Morris Gleitzman
Actor Paul-William Mawhinney performed a moving monologue written by Morris Gleitzman

LEGENDS OF PAST from the Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) was a bold start to this year’s season. With later concerts this year including an opera, opera music and other highly dramatic programmes, this concert’s tribute to the ANZACS in a commemorative year was a colourful, collaborative and meaningful start to 2015.

The programme included an exciting world premiere work, ‘Cathedra’, by Andrew Howes, a Sydney-born composer aged in his early twenties. Written for large forces and containing penetrating effects, it made for a stunning opening. Its soundscape, intended to commemorate fallen soldiers at Gallipoli, fitted in well with the concert’s extra-musical agenda.

Following this work came a break from pure orchestral entertainment with a monologue by Morris Gleitzman, the Australian author of ‘Loyal Creatures’. This monologue was given a poignant performance by Australian actor Paul-William Mawhinney. His measured and genuine portrayal as the ghost of young soldier Frank alternated beautifully between rollicking anecdote and moments of choking heartbreak. It was a touching reminder of the sacrifices made during the Gallipoli and Egyptian campaigns by soldiers of the Lighthorse Brigade. Continue reading Sydney Youth Orchestra-Legends of Past @ City Recital Hall