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OMEGA ENSEMBLE : BEETHOVEN’S TRIO @ UTZON ROOM, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

Omega Ensemble principals for 2019.  Photo credit: Keith Saunders. Featured image : Anna Da Silva Chen (violin), Clemens Leske (piano) and Paul Stender (cello) performed Schoenberg and Mendelssohn at this concert.

Omega Ensemble began its Master Series for 2019 in the Utzon Room in fine style with a concert of piano trios before a standing room only crowd. Mendelssohn’s evergreen crowd favourite, his Piano Trio No 1 in D minor was flanked by arrangements of important ensemble works by Schoenberg and Beethoven. These condensed sextets and septets lost no dramatic focus in their trio guise and the principal Omega musicians and guest performers were all showcased well when presenting these versions.

Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht Op 4 in Eduard Steuermann’s 1932 arrangement for piano trio began the concert with shimmering atmosphere. Pianist Clemens Leske launched this concert’s three trio works with a great variety of nuance and effective tone colour choices to his pianism. Continue reading OMEGA ENSEMBLE : BEETHOVEN’S TRIO @ UTZON ROOM, SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

JOY : FARRENC AND BEETHOVEN FOR OMEGA ENSEMBLE

Featured Image: Veronique Serret

JOY: is next up for Omega Ensemble, Co-Artistic Directors David Rowden and Maria Raspopova with Featured Artist: Veronique Serret.

Works of new beginnings.

Acclaimed violinist Veronique Serret and Clemens Leske join forces for a powerful presentation of Beethoven’s ‘Spring’ Sonata. This work for violin and piano celebrates new directions in music bridging the Classical and Romantic periods.

Included also is the exuberant Nonet by nineteeth century composer Louise Farrenc, a trailblazer for female composers to come, and Schubert’s Notturno, a gift of melody in all its glory. The evening concludes with one of Australia’s favourite composers, Elena Kats-Chernin and one of her most treasured works, Russian Rag, in a very special arrangement by the composer for Omega Ensemble.

JOY : FARRENC AND BEETHOVEN [Facebook Event] from Omega Ensemble [Facebook] plays September 25, 7.30pm at City Recital Hall.

Program
Franz Schubert: Notturno in E flat major, Op. 148
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, Op. 24, “Spring”
Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E flat Major, Op. 38
Elena Kats-Chernin: Russian Rag (Nonet arrangement by the composer for Omega Ensemble)

LOVE: WEBER AND FRANCK – NEXT UP FROM OMEGA ENSEMBLE

This image: Guest Artist – Lloyd Van’t Hoff
Featured image: Omega Ensemble (Photo credit: Keith Saunders)

Music inspired by romance, created with love, and presented with passion, LOVE: WEBER AND FRANCK is next for the Omega Ensemble.

Where words have failed, music has been the language of friends, lovers and admirers from afar.

From Franck’s endearing Sonata for Violin and Piano, composed for and performed at a friend’s wedding to Elgar’s lyrical Romance for Bassoon and Strings, these are works created out of great love, filled with passion, tenderness and musical friendship.

Also featured in the program is young-blood clarinettist (and winner of the Young Performer of the Year Awards in 2015) Lloyd Van’t Hoff who will be joining Co-Artistic Director David Rowden in a performance of Australian composer Gerard Brophy’s new work ‘We Two Boys Together Clinging.’

…a smorgasbord of chamber music…played by first-rate musicians.” Sydney Arts Guide

The Omega Ensemble [Facebook] with  LOVE: WEBER AND FRANCK [Facebook Event] will play City Recital Hall [Facebook] Wednesday 18 July @ 7.30pm.  See more of the Omega Ensemble on their YouTube channel.

Program
Elgar Romance for Bassoon and Strings in D minor, Op. 62 arr. Cramer
Weber Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B flat Major, Op. 34
Brophy We Two Boys Together Clinging (2017)
Franck Sonata for Violin and Piano in A Major

ETERNAL QUARTETS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Omega Ensemble Co-Artistic Directors David Rowden and Maria Raspopova

…some of Australia’s finest string and wind players.” Sydney Arts Guide

Three quartets of time, mortality and eternity for Omega Ensemble‘s ETERNAL QUARTETS.

Death and music have always made an unlikely couple. But perhaps no two composers have directly reflected on their own mortality more than Schubert and Messiaen. Continue reading ETERNAL QUARTETS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

SUMMER WINDS: BEETHOVEN TO RAVEL

The Omega Ensemble.                                                                                                                                                        Banner image: Sally Walker. Photos: Keith Saunders

A musical voyage for winds with panoramic summer views of Sydney Harbour.  Set sail in a discovery of the mystical and mythical with a celebration of all things woodwind with The Omega Ensemble for one performance only Sunday 25 February @ 2.30pm in the Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House. [Facebook Event]

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OMEGA ENSEMBLE PRESENTS ‘A BRAHMS AFFAIR’ @ CITY RECITAL HALL

This concert looks like it will be a glorious celebration of chemistry, romance and love that will engage your senses and leave you breathless.

Brahms and Schumann were close friends and they were also both endeared and enamoured with their equal muse, Clara Schumann, a virtuoso pianist and composer in her own right.

Clara, the muse, is evident in all of Schumann’s music and his Fantasiestücke represents the unbridled passion found in the free imagination of the Romantic composer.

Borodin, besides being a composer, was also a chemist and a doctor. His String Quartet No. 1 demonstrates his love and passion for chamber music and displays his affinity for understanding form.

This string quartet is the perfect cohesion of musical ideas from a scientific mind.

The Omega Ensemble invites you to join them at their concert celebrating the most exquisite and sublime chamber music of the Romantic era, including the superlative Clarinet Quintet by Brahms.

DATE FOR THE DIARY
Thursday September 7 @ 7.30pm @ City Recital Hall.

Omega Ensemble
Featured Artist: Alexandra Osborne – violin (Appears courtesy of National Symphony Orchestra, Washington)
Co-Artistic Directors David Rowden and Maria Raspopova

For more about A Brahms Affair, visit http://www.omegaensemble.com.au/events/a-brahms-affair
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OMEGA ENSEMBLE : SONGS FROM THE BUSH @ THE UTZON ROOM

 

Above : Composer of Songs From The Bush, Ian Munro. Featured image : Omega Ensemble clarinettist and Co-Artistic Director, David Rowden.

Omega Ensemble again presented a chamber music concert in the delectable Utzon Room setting which championed works combining the clarinet with string quartet.

David Rowden’s seamless and sonorous clarinet tone across all instrumental registers and compositional style spoke beautifully to us throughout the event, sensitively supported by the Omega Ensemble strings.

The five versatile musicians blended expertly in an eclectic programme featuring two recent Australian works. A rarely heard clarinet quintet from the late nineteenth century was introduced to the audience and a popular Mozart string quartet was thrown elegantly into the mix. Continue reading OMEGA ENSEMBLE : SONGS FROM THE BUSH @ THE UTZON ROOM

THE OMEGA ENSEMBLE PRESENTS THREE PARTS MOZART

This Concert was at the City Recital Hall last Thursday at 7.30 pm. For those who have not been there it  is quite an unusual venue. Whereas the Opera House sits grandly on Bennelong Point at night its shells like grand ghost sails rising out of the dark, the Hall is tucked away, almost hidden in the bowels of  the city.

But while the acoustics of the Opera House are somewhat indifferent the acoustics here are superb and plush regal purple seating and wood panelling make this a delightful concert setting.

Now to the Concert.

There were four items. The first by Haydn, the other three by Mozart.

Le Matin, “the morning” by Haydn is the first of two others: Le Midi (noon) and Le Soir (evening). It was lively performance centred in part on a number of  flute vignettes beautifully played by Eric Lamb. Then followed the Clarinet Concerto played at times somewhat breathlessly by Paul Meyer, but nevertheless an exuberant rendering of this the most wonderful of melodic concertos, written by Mozart in the final year of his life. Continue reading THE OMEGA ENSEMBLE PRESENTS THREE PARTS MOZART

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