This was the inaugural concert by The Orchestra Project at the Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music . Two works were played – Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in D Minor and Mahler’s 4th Symphony in the Orchestra’s Sydney debut.
The Orchestra Project was established by conductor Fabian Russell in 2002 as a training ensemble for the development for the development of Australia’s best young orchestral musicians. This critically acclaimed ensemble provides opportunities for gifted young musicians to play alongside the very best musicians from Australia’s professional orchestras. Russell enthusiastically yet precisely conducted the rich , multi layered performance.
Harry Bennetts, Associate Concertmaster of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, was the soloist in the Mendelssohn and gave a bravura , dazzling performance full of finely nuanced phrasing , clarity and control yet with volcanic layers underneath .From its rich , sumptuous opening the Orchestra was in fine form. Throughout, Bennett’s solos were fast fiery and furious , full of explosive passion , or delicately yearning with the violin ‘singing ‘. In the first movement sometimes he darts glides and skitters, the Orchestra murmuring accompaniment. Continue reading THE ORCHESTRA PROJECT @ VERBRUGGEN HALL SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC→
Part of the Vivid Music program. the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra was in fine form for this exciting ,challenging concert that included two world premieres.
Guest conductorFabian Russell led the Orchestra elegantly yet energetically with precise control.
The concert began with Maurice Ravel’s Le tombeau le Couperin , a work dedicated to friends and acquaintances the composer lost in in the first World War While. Inspired by Couperin, the work is distinctly 20th Century.
The first movement with its shimmering harp and strings rippled and flowed .The second movement opened strongly and featured the woodwind. The melody was passed around the various sections of the Orchestra and then a second bouncy, bounding melody was taken and developed. The third movement was mostly a dialogue between the string sections that builds to a sweeping crescendo then calms and becomes lyrical, almost birdlike but with rumbling undertones beneath. The fourth movement was off to a crashing furious opening, the Orchestra a whirlwind that led to the violent scurrying conclusion. Continue reading WILLOUGHBY SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA : PASTORAL @ THE CONCOURSE→
New South Wales Youth Orchestra is pleased to present Stravinsky’s PETRUSHKA (1911), led by their Principal Guest Conductor, Fabian Russell.
The orchestra will also be joined Australian International Soloist, Michael Kieran Harvey to perform SHOSTAKOVICH PIANO CONCERTO NO 2.
Glinka | Ruslan and Ludmilla Overture
Shostakovich | Piano Concerto No. 2
Stravinsky | Petrushka (1911 Version)
Saturday 2 December 2017 at 7:30pm at Verbrugghen Hall Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Conservatorium Rd, Sydney, NSW 200
For more about NSW Youth Orchestra Russian Masterpieces, visit http://nswyo.com.au/concerts/upcoming-concerts/ Or Facebook where NSWYO, over the coming weeks, will be posting some interesting facts about the great composers whose music will be performed at the upcoming concert!
The Musician Project Orchestra is back in June to present some of the most electrifying music for large orchestra. Returning to the podium to lead the ensemble for his second time is the masterly Fabian Russell, who directed the transcendent Musician Project performance of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony last year.
The orchestra are also excited to welcome home the young Australian cellist Jack Bailey, who returns from studies in the United Kingdom to feature in Sergei Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante, one of the most impassioned and rarely-performed works in the cello repertoire.
The concert concludes with the most extravagant of Richard Strauss’ tone poems, Ein Heldenleben. An orchestral tour-de-force of heroism, love, conflict and triumph, ultimately fading into peaceful fulfilment.