The phrase’s out, the ANU Orchestra is sizzling

The ANU Orchestra.

Music / “ANU Orchestra Concerto Gala”. At Llewellyn Corridor, October 20. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

IN 2020, I reported on the ANU Orchestra’s first efficiency. I described them as a top quality orchestra. Right this moment, they may give different orchestras a run for his or her cash.

With ANU Faculty of Music college students and a few alumni, the primary piece on this system was the “Concertino in Eb Main”, Op.26, by Carl Maria von Weber, that includes soloist Milan Kolundzija on clarinet.

The Concertino moved right into a mellow and delicate theme after the dramatic opening. Kolundzija created an expressive tone and dealt with the quick runs with ease. Producing a full sturdy sound, the orchestra handled this stimulating music with readability and finesse. Even within the many slower and quieter sections, every little thing sounded even and well-marked.

For the “Cello Concerto No.1 in Eb Main”, Op.107, mvmt. 1, by Dmitri Shostakovich with soloist James Monro on cello, this dynamic music was on music from the primary notice. Thrilling music like this requires an expressive and collectively orchestra and these younger gamers confirmed they have been as much as the duty. Munro is a dynamo on the cello. The part the place one French horn and Munro get to mix and assault the music with vigour, excited and amazed. Somebody must get Munro a music supervisor now as a result of he’s going locations.

The “Scottish Fantasy” Op.46, mvmt. 3 & mvmt. 4, by Max Bruch, with soloist Brad Tham enjoying violin got here subsequent. This romantic music requires a skilful and delicate soloist. Tham is an imposing performer, not simply in his dexterity, but additionally in his expressive tone. That is highlighted by his flowing bodily gestures. He’s a pleasure to observe and hearken to.

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Gently, the third motion unravelled in heat and story. The technicality required from the soloist elevated tremendously for the ultimate motion. Tham dealt with every little thing exceptionally. This was high quality music from orchestra and soloist.

After the interval, the orchestra with out soloist bought to indicate the standard of their enjoying. They did this by “Der Beherrscher der Geister”, Op.27, by Carl Maria von Weber.

Within the pounding pulse that opens this piece, and within the following minutes, a few of the gamers struggled barely to take care of a good tone and their timing wanted to be tighter. However the general sound high quality, particularly from the strings, created full of life music with a robust end.

The “Flute Concerto”, Op.283, by Carl Reinecke, with soloist Emma Claire, adopted. As an alumnus, Claire has handed the check and is on her method as knowledgeable musician. We heard her distinctive enjoying on this lyrical piece. She captured each notice with a tone of distinction.

With Renne Goosens within the viewers, the daughter of the composer, the ultimate work of the evening was the “Oboe Concerto”, Op.45, by Eugene Goossens, with soloist Zoë Loxley Droop, oboe. This eclectic and sprightly music is an thrilling piece from a much-overlooked composer. Goossens made his mark as a conductor, however this piece reveals as a composer, he was nothing wanting excellent.

Loxley Droop created a telling story on this fascinating piece. The prolonged part for gong, bass drum and oboe, mesmerised in its distinctive tone color. Right here we heard the spectacular high quality of the soloist’s capacity. Mixed along with her gorgeous stage presence, it created a glowing strategy to end the live performance.

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With the massive viewers, the phrase has bought round in regards to the high quality of the ANU Orchestra. The music lecturers on the ANU deserve lengthy and loud applause for his or her efforts at getting their college students to this stage of high quality.

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