This is a glorious concert magnificently played. Three works by composers, the final ones in each composer’s offering in the genre. Selby is joined by her brilliant international ‘friends’ Susie Park (Violin: Concertmaster Minnesota Symphony Orchestra), Stefanie Farrands (Principal Viola ACO) and Timo-Veikko Valve (Principal Cello ACO) for a program of Schubert, Schumann and Shostakovich. The concert was recorded at City Recital Hall under strict health and safety protocols.
Each work was introduced by Selby and the others. The first two works, the trios , were performed by Selby, Park and Valve.
First we heard the marvellous Schubert (1797 – 1828) ‘Piano Trio in E-flat major for Piano, Violin and Cello, Op. posth. 148, D 897, Notturno’. This was composed in 1827 but only published decades later, as what the publisher decided to call Notturno. And yes there is a night time like atmosphere. Continue reading SELBY AND FRIENDS : A FINAL OFFERING : ONLINE NOW→
For the latest online Selby and Friends concert, TRANSFIGURED, presented and filmed at the City Recital Hall we were given a feast of glorious music. .Selby was joined by ACO Principal Violist Stefanie Farrands, Grace Clifford on violin, iconic Australian cellist and long-time Selby & Friends collaborator Julian Smiles and ACO Principal Double Bass Maxime Bibeau. The five have a tremendous rapport.
Selby began the concert by stating that their planned 2020 programming has been disrupted even further by the continuation of the Covid pandemic, so this concert became another one available to watch online ( hooray !). Each piece was introduced by a discussion with one of the performers. Continue reading SELBY AND FRIENDS – TRANSFIGURED→
Part of the celebration of Beethoven’s 250th, (1770 – 1827 ) this is a most glorious concert with luscious , exquisite playing . Led by Kathryn Selby on piano, the trio also included Harry Ward on violin and Timo-Veikko Valve on cello in an all Beethoven program of three of the composer’s works – a special treat at any time, but especially given the current situation with the Covid pandemic.
Each work was given a fascinating introduction by one of the three players, putting the work in historical context.
First up was his Opus 1 – Piano Trio No. 3 in C Minor (1793-95 ) dedicated to Prince Karl von Lichnowsky .It is considered one of Beethoven’s earliest masterpieces and was worked on both in Bonn and Vienna .
The first movement was brisk and flurried , the piano skipping breathlessly , the violin and cello hurriedly joining. The melodies surged and eddied , quieter more lyrical moments contrasted with intense , earnest discussion. The piano cascades and ripples throughout leading to a flourishing finish. The cello has a few featured short solos , hinting at the development of Beethoven’s later trios. Continue reading Selby and Friends – Beethoven’s Ghost→
This concert explores the music of Clara and Robert Schumann and their devoted friend, Johannes Brahms.
ACO principal cellist, Timo-Veikko Valve and virtuoso young Australian violinist Grace Clifford join Artistic Director/pianist Kathryn Selby, AM for a program of great Romantic Piano Trios and a special duo to celebrate the 200th birthday of Clara Schumann.
This program encapsulates the powerful story of 3 giants of the classical music world whose love and friendship has fascinated us to this day.
DATE FOR THE DIARY
Tuesday 7 May at the City Recital Hall, 2-12 Angel Place, Sydney
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For the latest concert combining the marvelous talents of the Willoughby Symphony and Choir, the concert hall at the Concourse was packed to the rafters and we were privileged to hear some ravishing, glorious playing and singing.
The program opened with a delightful , somewhat boisterous rendition of the Brahms Academic Festival Overture Op.80. Written for the University of Breslau, the piece was given a brisk, dynamic reading. Rather lighthearted, Brahms develops and expands the melodies of four well known student drinking songs and the piece features triumphant horns.