Soprano sings ardour and emotion effortlessly

Pedro Florentino Alvarez.  Alone and together with his companion, Teresa Chau. Photograph: Peter Hislop.

Music / “Piazzolla & Tango”, Ayşe Göknur Shanal, soprano, John Martin, piano. At Overture Corridor, Weston, January 8. Reviewed by LEN POWER.

IT was a chic early night live performance of tango music and dancing with Turkish soprano, Ayşe Göknur Shanal, pianist John Martin and tango grasp of dance, Pedro Florentino Alvarez.

Ayşe Göknur Shanal has gained many prestigious awards and scholarships in Australia and abroad. She has carried out broadly within the US, UK, Europe and Asia, together with Opera Australia, Turkish State Opera and Opera Queensland.

Astor Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneon participant, and arranger. His work revolutionised the normal tango into a brand new type termed nuevo tango, incorporating components from jazz and classical music.

This system contained many songs of Astor Piazzolla and his contemporaries. Shanal’s vocal vary and supply was excellent for these passionate, emotional and deeply private songs.  There are driving, altering rhythms that require nice technical experience and Shanal made them appear easy. We have been willingly swept up into the sensuous world she was creating.

John Martin with Ayşe Göknur Shanal. Photograph: Peter Hislop. Piazzolla & Tango. Ayse Göknur Shana, John Martin, Pedro Florentino Alvarez and Gabriel Gonzalez. Photograph by Peter Hislop.

There have been songs of affection and loss, of nice longing and remorse. Excellent amongst them have been Piazzolla’s “Oblivion” in addition to “Adios Nonino”, written on the loss of life of his father. There have been additionally the favored tunes “Por un Cabeza” by Carlos Gardel, heard within the 1992 movie “Scent of a  Girl”, and “Quizás, quizás, quizás” by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés, so memorable from the movie “Strictly Ballroom”.

One other dimension to the live performance was the looks of tango grasp Pedro Florentino Alvarez.  Alone and together with his companion, Teresa Chau, his dancing complemented Shanal’s songs. His sudden appearances have been typically haunting and dreamlike and his dancing was excellent.

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Viewers members have been additionally invited to bop and 4 {couples}, who have been clearly glorious tango dancers, have been quickly swirling across the singer and pianist, including to the romantic and sensuous temper.

Pianist John Martin offered a superb accompaniment all through. His contribution to the success of the live performance was appreciable.



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Ian Meikle, editor