This particular concert by the ACO, as curated by cellist Timo-Veikko Valve, with various arrangements for a string septet , developed themes expressing desire and aching loss spanning centuries .
The first half began with DOWLAND’s exquisite ,refined and flowing Lachrimæ Antiquæ a variation on his much loved Lachrymae pavane. It was pure but cold with intensely woven harmonies .
WAGNER’s (arr. Sebastian Gürtler) romantic, swirling, passionate Prelude to Tristan und Isolde came next with its lush multilayered opening , use of portamento (sliding the finger to glide from one pitch to another shimmering fluttering strings and delicate cello all full of rich tension . Continue reading TRANSFORMING STRAUSS AND MOZART – AUSTRALIAN CHAMBER ORCHESTRA