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PRELUDE IN TEA : SONUS PIANO QUARTET @ THE INDEPENDENT THEATRE

As part of the very popular Prelude In Tea series at the Independent Theatre. this was an intense passionate concert strikingly played by the Sonus Piano Quartet. This quartet takes its name from sonus, the Latin word derived from the Greek “tonos” that means “noise, sound”.

Formed in late 2011 by Brenda Jones, the Sonus Piano Quartet celebrates the art of sound production in their performances.  The Quintet features four master musicians : Australian Chamber Orchestra violinist, Aiko Goto, violinist Jacqui Cronin, Sydney Symphony Orchestra cellist, Timothy Nankervis and pianist, Brenda Jones.

The concert began with  Saint-Saëns Piano Quartet in B flat major, Op. 41 with its elegant swoops on the violin. Jones’ playing on the piano was assertive, and Nankervis’ cello paying was intense.

The second movement heard Jones on piano off to a spiky, emphatic start followed later by some flourishes.  There were some tango like dance rhythms,  and a vibrant discussion between the quartet led to a fiery, turbulent conclusion.

The third movement, a scherzo in rondo form, had an edgy start, and featured fast, scurrying playing on the viola and violin. The music pulsated – the piano had a fast, anxious mini solo, whilst the other instruments  commented. The music delicately evaporated to a pianissimo at the end. Continue reading PRELUDE IN TEA : SONUS PIANO QUARTET @ THE INDEPENDENT THEATRE

AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : INTIMATE MOZART @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Intimate Mozart indeed. This was a ravishing concert full of superb playing.

The concert was  a small scale recital, the ACO being represented by Artistic Director Richard Tognetti and three featured principals: second violinist Helena Rathbone, cellist Timo-Veikko Valve, and guest viola player Florian Peelman.

Kristian Bezuidenhout was the amazing soloist on piano. Born in South Africa, raised in Australia, educated in the US and now a resident of the UK, pianist, Bezuidenhout is regarded as one of the world’s leading performers of Mozart. (Since 2009, he has been recording the complete keyboard music of Mozart). Continue reading AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : INTIMATE MOZART @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Resonance : The Love of a Poet @ The Pitt Street Uniting Church

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The latest in the excellent series of Resonance concerts at Pitt St was THE LOVE OF A POET featuring baritone Alexander Knight and Chris Cartner on piano in a thrilling concert, eloquently played. If you like Schumann and the German Romantics this concert was for you. It certainly helped that the acoustics in this inner city Uniting Church were warm and flattering.

There were no programmes or surtitles per se, the audience sat ‘in the round’ in the church’s configuration and a screen was used which featured English translations and beautiful landscapes as illustrations.

Each piece in the concert was introduced by one of the two gentlemen.

Knight was in glorious voice, at times lyrical and moving, at other times powerful and punchy.

First up was Robert Schumann’s Traumerei (from his Kinderszenen) which was both haunting and lyrical and given a fragile, delicate playing  by Cartner.

In der Fremde followed with a forest landscape. Cartner accompanying on piano with passionate rippling overtones.

Widmung was next with its prominent central section in E. A love song , it was given a heart felt, passionate and yearning performance . Romance in F#, op.28 no. 2 then followed, a magical whirling, flowing performance by Cartner. It was exquisite and full of melancholy and featured a repetition of various musical themes.

The second half consisted of Dicherliebe (“The love of a poet”) sixteen songs of various moods and themes. Some pieces were as short as thirty seconds, yet all came together to paint an an extraordinary picture /portrait of ‘the love of a poet’.

The cycle was inspired by dreams, fairy-tales and the natural world Some were extremely Romantic, other pieces were passionate, proud and defiant. Some looked at nature  the Rhine river (you could hear its flowing), some at helpless, passionate love.

For some of the pieces Cartner’s playing was fast and furious, dashing and breathless, for others it was slower and more lyrical.  Knight’s singing was glorious throughout.

The Dicherliebe sequence was a glorious way to conclude this very special concert.

Running time- one hour without interval.

LOVE OF A POET was performed one time only, on the 1st April , at the Pitt Street Uniting Church, previously having played venues at Lavender Bay and Annandale.

For more about Resonance, visit http://www.resonance.net.au/