The Ensō Quartet: Maureen Nelson, violin, Ken Hamao, violin, Richard Belcher, cello and Melissa Reardon, viola.
Musica Viva’s International Concert Season for 2016 continues with first-time visitors from New York, the Ensō String Quartet. In programmes of considerable diversity, this quartet demonstrates fine interpretative and ensemble skills. Its members communicate as a unified expressive dynamo across music from various cultures and periods.
The first time we hear this quartet perform, the programme opens with a world premiere of a commission work written for Musica Viva by the Australian composer Brenton Broadstock. Safe Haven (2016) is an imaginitive three movement set of variations on a Hungarian nursery song.
Positive perceptions of youth involve innovation, embracing change, recognising the need for revolution and reinventing existing formats. Our national youth orchestra displayed all of the above in its recent ‘Eroica’ concert. The works performed from this century and those past can be described as revolutionary and inspired in their novel concepts and approach to traditional structure. Emotionally, they bravely portrayed identity and sentiment.
‘Eroica’ was the first concert in the AYO’s newly devised Momentum series. These concerts and preparation will involve a change from full orchestral forces. Collaborations with soloists will result in member development, as they work on highly creative works with various guest musicians. This night succeeded in providing new experiences on stage and in the audience. The concert was also streamed live via the orchestra’s website. Continue reading Australian Youth Orchestra→
This was a superb concert, with the playing energetic and featuring a glorious, warm tone. The Australian Chamber Orchestra’s special guest artist was the internationally renowned Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen.
First up, the Lutoslawksi ‘ Subito’ , the composer’s last work , featured Satu Vanska in a firecracker showpiece .It had an electric , explosive opening that was shattering and sharp. The piano as played by Jumppanen is tempestuous and tumultuous ,in wild ,spiky dialogue with the strings which snap and snarl or, sometimes, sing. It is a sharp, fractured piece.