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Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa present French Baroque @ City Recital Hall

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This must be one of, if not the, major landmark concerts of the year. The extraordinary talents of both the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa are combined in an incredible feast of a concert.

This is a celebration of luminous, thrilling French Baroque music.The first half, for the Brandenburg Orchestra alone , is an aural feast in itself. We start with a bang with the huge Orchestra in Rameau’s Overture to Nais  which was played very fast but in a controlled manner by the Orchestra dressed in their formal, elegant, dark attire. Continue reading Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Circa present French Baroque @ City Recital Hall

Maestro Dmitry Sinkovsky

Applause all round for the wizadry of Dmitry Sinkovsky. Pic Steven Godbee
Applause all round for the wizadry of Dmitry Sinkovsky. Pic Steven Godbee

Supported by the superb playing of the magnificent Australian Brandenburg Orchestra,led by maestro Paul Dyer,on their period instruments,this particular concert was a delightful excuse to continue their 25th birthday celebrations and showcase the amazing, dazzling talents of guest director and performer, Dmitry Sinkovsky.

Sinkovsky performed on an exquisite Francesco Ruggeri violin made in Cremona in 1675, and made available to him by the Netherlands-based Jumpstart Jr Foundation. Most of the works performed were by Vivaldi, with Dyer energetically and enthusiastically leading from the harpsichord.

The selected works on the program were all extremely difficult and are rarely heard. The orchestra was superb and played divinely,- there was fine ensemble work and a glorious,warm tone. I agree with one of my colleagues who thought that the orchestra were shaken, stirred and inspired by Sinkovsky’s exuberant playing.

This is Sinkovsky’s first tour of Australia and the reception was rapturous. He is greatly in demand internationally, his brilliant career commencing following his graduation from the Conservatoire of Moscow in 2005. He is both a virtuoso violinist and an enthralling, dramatic counter tenor and both these talents shone through.Sinkovsky sings and dances as he plays, he conducts his own band and now he teaches violin and viola at the Moscow Conservatoire!

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THE AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA: TIMELINE

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A range of musical styles were on show in this brilliant ACO concert

This HUGE epic performance will leave you reeling with exhaustion and euphoria. Boldly ambitious and sweeping, for this extraordinary concert the Australian Chamber Orchestra attempts to follow the entire history of music in an evening (42,000 years of music in roughly two and a half hours by a blending of an expanded chamber orchestra, six vocalists and two electronic musicians).

Linked in with the VIVID Festival as well, this was an astonishing , ravishing concert. Directed by Ignatius Jones it also featured electronic duo The Presets who are returned to their classical music roots.

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