Orchestra’s vivid live performance of cheerful music

Soloist Teresa Rabe… not often received a relaxation. Picture: Peter Hislop.

Music / “Brahms Symphony No. 2”, Nationwide Capital Orchestra. At The Q – Queanbeyan, November 13. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

CONCERTS of cheerful music aren’t that widespread, however the Nationwide Capital Orchestra created a joyful expertise after they carried out Symphony No. 2 by Brahms to a big viewers.

The Nationwide Capital Orchestra, below the baton of music director Louis Sharpe, started with “Overture No. 2” in D Main, by Emilie Mayer (1812-1883). That is one among 15 overtures Mayer wrote amongst many different works. It’s a dramatic and vivid piece.

Gentle and playful tunes had been intermixed with solemn moments. Brilliant in nature with glowing flute traces all through, this was comfortable music. Beneath Sharpe’s conducting, the NCO can create a full, robust sound, and so they did simply that on this thrilling opening piece.

“Night time and Now”, Concerto for flute and orchestra, by Elena Kats-Chernin was commissioned by native flautist and ANU lecturer Sally Walker. In three actions, it’s Russian at its core. The soloist Teresa Rabe is well-known in Canberra as she was the principal flute of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and different native and nationwide teams.

Louis Sharpe conducts the NCO. Picture: Peter Hislop.

With a mysterious, comfortable and unhappy opening, this light music, stuffed with nice depth, was expressed splendidly by the lilting melody from the flute. Considerably cinematic in its scope, it contained sweeping music at a average tempo and dynamic, this crammed the primary motion

The colourful, speedy solo opening on flute for the second motion advised that this part is the place the motion was going to be.

Rabe not often received a relaxation on this motion. Her solo efficiency contained many tough methods, plus floating traces and playful passages, which created a sensational musical journey. The “Rondo” third motion which follows straight on was a vigorous dynamic part that led to a flourish. The NCO was completely on music and sounded robust all through.

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After the interval, probably the most cheerful works of Brahms’ mature interval, his “Symphony No. 2”, in D Main. It has a vivid and glowing character. The German symphonic repertoire is filled with unbelievable works, and this symphony stands out by its joyful nature.

The primary motion is probably the most critical. It’s additionally loud and full-on. Slower and quieter actions are the place some novice gamers can battle. Sadly, a number of discovered it tough to keep up a uniform intonation within the second motion. When the music constructed, the orchestra performed as one and sounded exuberant. That is all a studying expertise for some.

The third motion is a whole composition all by itself. Sprightly, advanced and fantastically written, it contained among the finest taking part in of the day. The woodwinds shone.

The ultimate part, stuffed with motion and quantity is pushed by rhythmic power by new musical materials. Because it constructed in direction of the top of the ultimate few bars, sweeping all earlier than it away, the pounding timpani, and the entire orchestra created an unbelievable quantity because the brass drove all of them to a compelling end.


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Ian Meikle, editor