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WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY CHAMBER SERIES : SHATTERED RESTRAINTS

For those of us lucky enough to attend, this was an absolutely glorious concert as part of the Willoughby Symphony Chamber series at the Zenith Theatre as directed by Daniel Dean .

First was a shimmering, exquisite rendition of Maurice Ravel’s Introduction and Allegro for Harp Septet . (1907) After a delicate start by flute and clarinet, it was lush and limpid then darting , bubbling and scurrying. Soloist Will Nichols on the harp was superb passionate , authoritative yet fragile and delicate in his instrumental solos and the featured cadenza ,all leading to a scampering conclusion.

The we heard Carl Vine’s Inner World : Cello and Tape , with Liam Meany on solo cello. Vine apparently hand edited the sound score of the tape, which at times includes cascading piano, at one point has an insistent almost Flamenco like rhythm and at another time is very poignant. For one section towards the end it is as if the music is sort of revolving in circles .Meany’s live , passionate playing in an extraordinary bravura performance is at times dominant , sometimes fast and furious,  at others delicate or sometimes sharp and spiky . As Vine has written : ‘The performer is not only live, but also crystallised, dissected and re-arranged’ in a striking performance’. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY CHAMBER SERIES : SHATTERED RESTRAINTS

Borodin Quartet at City Recital Hall

Quartet members: Igor Naidin, Sergey Lomovsky,Vladimir Balshin, Ruben Aharonian
Quartet members: Igor Naidin, Sergey Lomovsky,Vladimir Balshin, Ruben Aharonian

In 2015 the Borodin Quartet will celebrate seventy years of bringing quality chamber music to audiences, just like Musica Viva. String quartet music of an extremely high calibre was on display this week in the first of their two Sydney Musica Viva International Season concerts at the City Recital Hall.

An exciting part of the history of the Borodin String Quartet is the time spent when former members workshopped new works with composer Dmitri Shostakovich. The quartet members in this century have benefitted from this close link to the composer. A true highlight of this inspiring programme was the chilling beauty and concise offering of motif and gesture during Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 11, Op122 in F minor. Continue reading Borodin Quartet at City Recital Hall

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA IN CONCERT WITH PAAVALI JUMPPANEN

Violinist Satu Vanska
Lutoslawksi’s piece ‘Subito’ featured some virtuoso playing by Satu Vanska

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.

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