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PINCHGUT OPERA : THE SPIRITUAL FOREST

A luscious, gorgeous concert brought to us by the excellent Pinchgut Opera.It was filmed at the City Recital Hall on April 3 and streamed as part of the Pinchgut at Home series .As ever Erin Helyard conducts the distinguished Orchestra of the Antipodes and there are some impressive singers.

Pinchgut here performs ten selections of mostly psalm settings from the challenging 1641 opus, Selva morale e spirituale by Monteverdi , utilizing the landmark anthology of liturgical works that he composed during his career in Venice. The last collection of Monteverdi’s music published in his lifetime, it embodies the ultimate flourishing of his brilliance.

In this setting , Monteverdi fuses instruments , text , music and voices. While its intention is spiritual, the compilation is full of dance ,drama and blends words and music, voices and instruments. Monteverdi combines old and new styles of writing.As always , Helyard and Pinchgut play close , detailed attention to the structure and text of the music.

Pinchgut Opera’s eight-strong vocal ensemble comprises sopranos Chloe Lankshear (the inaugural Taryn Fiebig Scholar) and Amy Moore, mezzo-sopranos Hannah Fraser and Anna Fraser, tenors Louis Hurley (who was recently appointed as The Humanity Foundation Taryn Fiebig Scholar) and Richard Butler, and basses David Greco and Andrew O’Connor. Continue reading PINCHGUT OPERA : THE SPIRITUAL FOREST

PINCHGUT’S OPERA : MONTEVERDI’S ‘VESPERS’ @ CITY RECITAL HALL

The live audience was ecstatic with thunderous applause for Pinchgut’s magnificent, finely burnished and lushly detailed performance of Monteverdi’s VESPERS. Fortunately you can catch it online at the moment until 1 May, 2021.

Written in 1610, Monteverdi’s VESPERS (Vespro della Beata Vergine ) is now rarely heard. Monteverdi (1567 – 1643) was comfortable with both Baroque and Renaissance music and is regarded as one of the great composers. He wrote music for the church, temporal works and among other things, opera as well. In his Vespers, Monteverdi energetically transformed ‘traditional’ Renaissance polyphony into strikingly advanced styles. 

Musically and vocally the performance was polished, precise and superb, the Orchestra of the Antipodes including some now uncommon Baroque instruments. Hannah Lane  exquisitely played on the harp throughout and there was a theorbo, (Simon Martyn-Ellis ) cornetti (Matthew Manchester and John Foster) and sackbuts (Ros Jorgensen, Nigel Crocker and Brett Page), amongst others. Continue reading PINCHGUT’S OPERA : MONTEVERDI’S ‘VESPERS’ @ CITY RECITAL HALL

WEIHNACHTSFREUDE: THE LATEST FROM THE BACH AKADEMIE AUSTRALIA

The Bach Akademie Australia will stream their third concert of the year from the stage of the National Art School.

 Join the Akademie for a program of Christmas Joy to celebrate the coming season which will be all the more meaningful for us all after the events of 2020.

The music of J.S. Bach once again provides endless inspiration and hope. The Akademie’s four wonderful vocalists will feature in Bach’s motet ‘Lobet den Herrn’, and his ebullient cantata for Christmas, ‘Ich freue mich in dir’, which Sir John Eliot Gardiner describes as conveying the ‘sheer exhilaration of Christmas.’

Neal Peres Da Costa will shine in the fiendishly difficult but joyful Brandenburg Concerto No. 5, as will tenor Richard Butler and alto Hannah Fraser in two beautiful arias from Part II of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Continue reading WEIHNACHTSFREUDE: THE LATEST FROM THE BACH AKADEMIE AUSTRALIA

SYDNEY CHAMBER CHOIR ANNOUNCES ITS 2017 SEASON

The Sydney Chamber Choir launched its 2017 season at an inner city function. Founded in 1975, the Choir has forged a reputation as one of Australia’s leading choral ensembles. 

Highly regarded for its interpretation of Renaissance and Baroque works, it is also a champion of contemporary Australian choral music, having commissioned and premiered scores of works by many established and emerging Australian composers.

In 2017 the Choir will be singing music by Hildegard von Bingen, Monteverdi, Buxtehude, Purcell, Bach, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Bruckner, Schoenberg, Britten and others. Cantatas, opera, lyric scenes and chant will be heard resounding throughout the Great Hall at the University of Sydney, a  perfect venue for this remarkable ensemble of musicians to display their talents.

As is the  Sydney Chamber Choir’s tradition most of the soloists will come from  the Choir. However Richard Butler will sing the role of St Nicolas in the eponymous Britten cantata. The N.S.W Public Schools senior singers, under the direction of Elizabeth Scott, will join  Richard Butler and the Choir in this work.

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