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AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : LUMINOUS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

The individual elements in this landmark production are tremendous but I found the performance dark , somewhat disturbing and perhaps a bit fragmented and disjointed ( which , I understand , is at least partly what the ACO intended ).

LUMINOUS is a haunting collaboration between the ACO and controversial photographer Bill Henson. It is a revival of this work , with brand new imagery, updated repertoire and guest vocals from indie Israeli-Australian singer-songwriter Lior.

Henson’s photos, often first seen in extremely close grainy close up , blur the boundaries between gender , adulthood and youth , night and day, rural and urban .There are extraordinary lonely graffitied landscapes with windy trees and the models in the Caravaggio – like images quite frequently appear world weary and bruised . The camera work , panning in extreme close up then pulling away to reveal the full photo creates totally different images at times, red dots revealed to be a leaf or hair for example, making this reviewer think of sunspots and other planets perhaps. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : LUMINOUS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

OMEGA ENSEMBLE: ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Teije Hylkema final

Above: Cello soloist Teije Hylkema. Featured image: Omega Ensemble perform Elgar’s Cello Concerto  with Teije Hylkema. Photo credit: David Vagg Photography.

The latest concert in Omega Ensemble’s 2016 Virtuoso Series, ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO was a diverse, accessible and entertaining event. City Recital Hall’s resident ensemble showcased exciting repertoire for their mixed-instrument format.

Also on dynamic display was the thoughtful interpretative prowess and sensitive virtuosity of cellist Teije Hylkema. Hylkema and the talented group accompanying presented a rewarding chamber arrangement of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor Op 85. Continue reading OMEGA ENSEMBLE: ELGAR’S CELLO CONCERTO @ CITY RECITAL HALL