When performing his own piano concertos, the great showman Frédéric Chopin preferred dark and smoky salons to the grand concert halls of Paris. As a matter of practicality, Chopin arranged his own concertos for small ensembles, often performing with string quartets in the private apartments of friends and patrons.
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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]
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.
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→
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.