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This latest terrific concert by the Bach Akademie was filmed at the NSW Conservatorium of Music and streamed by the Australian Digital Concert Hall.

Directed by Madeleine Easton it was an inspired performance with sumptuous playing that focused on the structure of the music.

The concert is called WEAPONS OF RHETORIC as it draws on the book The Weapons of Rhetoric by Judy Tarling, who examines the links between music and rhetoric , particularly in the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The works chosen for the concert highlight J.S. Bach’s brilliance at persuasive musical conversation.

Before the various pieces, Jonathan Biggins OAM and Jonathan Horton QC read various snippets, defining and detailing how rhetoric can be used in both music and speech , while Bach Akademie presented examples of musical rhetoric . Continue reading BACH AKADEMIE WEAPONS OF RHETORIC

Australian premiere of ‘To the Hands’ : Bel a cappella

Bel a cappella will be presenting TO THE HANDS, a stunning work by Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw.  The recital will also include the final movement of JS Bach’s Partita No. 2 for solo violin in D minor with added choral interpolations from various chorales, as well as a new arrangement for string quintet and organ of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.  Under the baton of Conductor Anthony Pasquill. Continue reading Australian premiere of ‘To the Hands’ : Bel a cappella

Australian Chamber Orchestra in Concert with guest artist Emmanuel Pahud

This was an absolutely ravishing, exquisite concert and a feast for the senses.

Fourteen years after his Australian debut with the ACO, one of Richard Tognetti’s great musical friends is back with his special 14K solid gold flute. Guest soloist Emmanuel Pahud currently divides his time between his Principal Flute position at the Berlin Philharmonic and touring the world as a soloist.

Through the concert there was a great rapport between  Tognetti, Pahud and the Orchestra.

We first heard CPE Bach’s Sonata for Flute in A minor in three movements. The first movement was slow and languid, the second intricate, bright and bubbling with the flute darting and fluttering. In the third movement the flute was even more birdlike in parts; teasing , scampering and swooping. Pahud’s playing was dazzling and effortless with creamy, expressive, beguiling legato. Continue reading Australian Chamber Orchestra in Concert with guest artist Emmanuel Pahud



With the umbrella title AMADEUS: CLASSIC MOZART AND BACH the magnificent Willoughby Symphony Orchestra (WSO) and choir presented us with a tremendous performances featuring Mozart and Bach as well as two wonderful contemporary works. Their final concert for 2014 was performed in front of a full house. It was a privilege to have Gail Giles-Gidney, the Mayor of Willoughby, in attendance.

Special guest conductor Paul Fitzsimon was intense, energetic and fiery. He is currently on the staff of Opera Australia and also has various international conducting commitments. He looked slim and striking in orchestral black. Continue reading WSO AT THE CONCOURSE