This is regarded as one of the major events of the 2021 Sydney Festival and stars multi-award-winning vocalists and performers Paul Capsis (Threepenny Opera, Angela’s Kitchen, Cabaret) and iOTA (Smoke and Mirrors, Graeme Murphy’s Berlin, Hedwig ) in this concert version of a planned upcoming musical. RAPTURE: a song cycle of Desire and Ecstasy,
Murder and Mayhem, where new songs are featured blended with reimagined classics by Megan Washington, Deb Conway and Willy Zygier, Blondie and The Kinks. The work was introduced by host Yumi Stynes.
It is a strange, plotless , somewhat disturbing contemporary allegorical song cycle for what could possibly be the end of the world as we know it , involving themes of ecstasy and desire, exorcism and repression, life and loss, greed, sin and morals, murder and love. Some of the songs have strong language – the work blends borderline blasphemous to love ballads, reflection and analysis almost tearing the soul apart and string quartets. Continue reading SYDNEY FESTIVAL : RAPTURE @ THE HEADLAND BARANGAROO→
JOY: is next up for Omega Ensemble, Co-Artistic Directors David Rowden and Maria Raspopova with Featured Artist: Veronique Serret.
Works of new beginnings.
Acclaimed violinist Veronique Serret and Clemens Leske join forces for a powerful presentation of Beethoven’s ‘Spring’ Sonata. This work for violin and piano celebrates new directions in music bridging the Classical and Romantic periods.
Included also is the exuberant Nonet by nineteeth century composer Louise Farrenc, a trailblazer for female composers to come, and Schubert’s Notturno, a gift of melody in all its glory. The evening concludes with one of Australia’s favourite composers, Elena Kats-Chernin and one of her most treasured works, Russian Rag, in a very special arrangement by the composer for Omega Ensemble.
Franz Schubert: Notturno in E flat major, Op. 148
Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.5 in F major, Op. 24, “Spring”
Louise Farrenc: Nonet in E flat Major, Op. 38
Elena Kats-Chernin: Russian Rag (Nonet arrangement by the composer for Omega Ensemble)
This collaboration by two groups well known to Sydney audiences is a significant one. It breaks down so beautifully many preconceptions of fixed genres, historical sound options and what audiences expect to hear from particular composer’s works.
BROKEN CONSORTS is a performance practice workshop which maintains the two groups’ period identities whilst premiering possibilities using an exciting blend of resources. The essence and energy of compositions from each period are maintained and the early music pieces in particular are further celebrated through inventive rescoring. The playing of very recent works, including the highlight of a premiere work commissioned for the event illustrates that such blending is not only possible but an interesting new direction.
Composer Damien Ricketson’s introduction to his 2003 work Trace Elements explained his invention of a new notation based on tablature for early lute music. His work’s exploration of this and its potential in the parts for a flexible blend of strings and wind is consistent with the goals of the entire concert. The work’s elements of stasis as well as dramatic shifts were expressively delivered by Ironwood and Ensemble Offspring members together. Continue reading Broken Consorts – Ensemble Offspring and Ironwood @ The Utzon Room→
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