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CAMERATA AND QPAC : ILLUMINATIONS

Camerata ‘Illuminations’. Pic Alex Jamieson

The latest captivating concert by Camerata was filmed at QPAC and streamed by the ADCH . with the umbrella title ILLUMINATIONS. The playing was magnificent, assured and accomplished. Mention must be made of soloists Thomas Chawner on viola and Karol Kowalik on cello, and violinists Brendan Joyce and Jonny Ng. The concert blended the subtlety and sensitivity of French Impressionist poetry and music (Debussy) with English aplomb (the Britten and Elgar works).

The program began with Edward Elgar’s rich, multi-layered Serenade for Strings, Op.20 (1892). It opened briskly with scurrying swirls and eddies but then changed and rippled and swelled passionately in a slower, far more thoughtful way. The piece was dignified, polished and thoughtful. The wonderful ensemble was given various moments to shine. Continue reading CAMERATA AND QPAC : ILLUMINATIONS