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DANCE CHANT : CELEBRATING ROSS EDWARDS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

Above: Composer and Sydney Chamber Choir soprano Josephine Gibson, whose work ‘Let Them Come’ was heard in world premiere.                                                                                                                               Featured image: composer Ross Edwards

DANCE CHANT : CELEBRATING ROSS EDWARDS was a supremely entertaining event which was significant on several levels. The evening celebrated the unique voice and a portion of the prolific output of this composer in his 75th birthday year. And who better to deliver this tribute concert than Sydney Chamber Choir, which has enjoyed a productive and close relationship with Edwards and so many Australian composers in the past.

‘Dance Chant’ also fused together two of Sydney’s popular performing groups; Synergy Percussion and Sydney Chamber Choir shared the stage to deliver special soundscapes in a small sampling of Ross Edwards’ output. There were also no less than two world premiere works from new Australian composers amidst the six works from 1980 to 2009 and six other composers. Continue reading DANCE CHANT : CELEBRATING ROSS EDWARDS @ CITY RECITAL HALL

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 : GRIEG AND BEYOND @ CITY RECITAL HALL 

This was a stirring, passionate concert with the Australian Chamber Orchestra  in fine, elegant form.

Under the baton of guest director and violin soloist Henning Kraggerud, the concert celebrated the music of Norway’s best known composer. It was multi layered and displayed a great range. There was fine ensemble playing and some very exiting mini solos.

Special guest of the Orchestra, Henning Kraggerud, Artistic Director of the Arctic Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra , is renowned for his interpretation of Grieg and his extraordinary creative versatility, with a career that his seen him playing many different roles from being an Artistic Director to composer, performer, arranger and even and improviser. He spends much of his time touring the world as a concert soloist and has written over 200 compositions.

As the Orchestra leader, he danced, crouched and lunged into the music, such was his passion. The Orchestra and Kraggerud developed an attentive rapport playing together with great panache and passion.
Kraggerud briefly spoke about each of the works before they were played and contextualised the works for the audience. Continue reading AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA : GRIEG AND BEYOND @ CITY RECITAL HALL 

MUSICA VIVA PRESENTS THE JERUSALEM QUARTET@ CITY RECITAL HALL

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The Jerusalem Quartet: Kyril Zlotnikov-cello, Sergei Bresler-violin, Alexander Pavlovsky-violin and Ori Kam-viola

This string quartet concert dazzled with smooth synergy and clean unity of attack whilst preserving spontaneity in the performance. The opening work in the programme, String Quartet Op 64 No 5 ‘The Lark’ (1792) by Haydn was a fine example of this.

Seamless Haydn is a test of any string quartet’s proficiency. The test was passed with flying colours by the Jerusalem Quartet. This work unfolded with clear intensities of structure. Balance shifts across and between the individual strings ensured engaging conversations were always present.

This Haydn quartet’s opening movement themes were freshly defined. The tension and resolution of the melodies in later development unfolded with finesse and fine interplay. The remainder of the work’s narrative continued in this capable vein. From the eloquent adagio second movement to the bristling final vivace, this work was an entertaining start to the concert event. Continue reading MUSICA VIVA PRESENTS THE JERUSALEM QUARTET@ CITY RECITAL HALL