The Australian Festival of Chamber Music’s Reef Talk explores environmental issues through music.
Debussy La Mer Nielsen Symphony No 5 AYO/Thomas Dausgaard Sydney Opera House, July 22
Liszt Tasso, Lament and Triumph Schumann Piano Concerto in A minor Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition Ingrid Fliter, piano/Pinchas Steinberg Sydney Opera House, July 1
A Royal Occasion II The Choir of St James’, Sydney Youth Orchestra June 30, 2011
If you put 50 G&S buffs in a room they would each produce a different list of The Very Best of G&S. So naming this concert was a bit like leading with one’s chin. That said, it was a very enjoyable evening of light theatre and costumed delights, with a good selection of items from seven of the thirteen surviving operas by Arthur Sullivan and WS Gilbert – works of such brilliance that they have informed the style and structure of light musical theatre ever since. The balance between numbers worked well, although given the plethora of great material to draw upon that would not have been difficult (hence my jibe at the title of the show). Stuart Maunder directed, compèred and played the patter roles very adroitly and the cast was largely in good form. One of the strengths of the evening was hearing the music backed up by a full orchestra. As the collaboration between librettist and composer evolved, more weight was placed upon the contribution of the orchestra. One can get away with using a piano reduction in HMS Pinafore(although I wouldn’t recommend it) but you simply can’t…Continue reading Get unlimited digital access from $3 per month…
Glittering Fröst: Mozart, Hillborg, Brahms, Copland, Ravel. City Recital Hall, Angel Place Tuesday, May 24
British Liaisons The Australian Ballet Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra / Nicolette Fraillon Sydney Opera House May 4, 2011
Handel Partenope Opera Australia Opera Theatre, Sydney Opera House March 12 – 31
Sacrificium Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano Sergio Ciomei, piano Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House March 15, 2011
Listen here to Ezio Bosso’s minimalist music for piano, violin and cello, composed specially for Sydney Dance Company.
Nicholas Carter, conductor Paddington Town Hall, Sunday March 6 Berlioz Symphonie fantastique Weber Overture to ‘Oberon’ Demersseman Introduction and Polonaise for Ophicleide and Orchestra