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AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC AND CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA : MOZART AND ABEL

This wonderful concert was performed by the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra as part of the MDCH ( Melbourne Digital Concert Hall) series but was filmed in the Cell Block Theatre Sydney.There was a short welcome and introduction by Chris Howlett of the MDCH.

The co-artistic directors of the ARCO are Rachael Beesley and Nicole van Bruggen .Each work was introduced and placed in context by flautist Georgia Browne, who mentioned that her period flute was very ‘high tech’ for the time.

First up was Carl Friedrich Abel’s (1723-1787) – Flute Quartet in A major No.2 Op.12 . in three movements. Though relatively obscure today, a student of Bach , during the mid to late 1700’s Abel was a major musical figure. He obtained a coveted position in the court orchestra at Dresden, moved to England to become chamber-musician to Queen Charlotte and in 1764 or 1765, established with Johann Christian Bach, the Bach-Abel concerts, England’s first subscription concerts. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN ROMANTIC AND CLASSICAL ORCHESTRA : MOZART AND ABEL

AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE : HAYDN’S DREAM

This delightful concert was filmed as part of the MDCH season but was actually performed at the atmospheric Cell Block Theatre in Sydney.

Each work was introduced by Artistic Director of the Haydn Ensemble Skye McIntosh. For this performance the Ensemble was reduced to a quartet: Skye McIntosh on violin, with Matthew Greco on violin, Karina Schmitz on viola, and Daniel Yeadon on cello.

There was magnificent, precise playing by the four musicians, who had a great rapport between them and concentrated intently.

The theme of the concert was dreams – a source of illumination and fascination for artists, writers, filmmakers, psychologists and composers alike ( think Goya and Poe, for example, not forgetting van Gogh to name just a few ). The music attempts to comprehend the intangibility of dreams – the tales, memories and colour of dreams, some vivid some just snatches, some current, some past. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN HAYDN ENSEMBLE : HAYDN’S DREAM