GOLDBERG VARIATIONS from the Australian Chamber Orchestra under the dynamic direction of Richard Tognetti gave a thrilling performance.
The first half of this luscious concert was off to a breathlessly fast start with Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet , spiky and emphatic with hints of his Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). The melody bubbles and flows around the Orchestra but this is contrasted with a rich, stickily languid and melancholic section full of yearning.
The Stravinsky was fluidly followed by “Nightfalls”, the first movement of Four Quarters by Thomas Adès, which sizzled , delicately pulsated and shimmered. It was full of melancholy and some of it sounded like wind chimes or evoked the sound of rain. Continue reading GOLDBERG VARIATIONS : AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA