What an evening for infinite musical potentialities

Jessica Cottis conducting the CSO. Picture: Martin Ollmann

Music / “Infinite Prospects”, Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Llewellyn Corridor, November 23. Reviewed by ROB KENNEDY.

IMAGINATION is an infinite factor. On this live performance, the Canberra Symphony Orchestra carried out three ingenious works that took the viewers on a memorable emotional journey.

With a heat welcome again for Jessica Cottis, conducting the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, the live performance opened with “Infinite Prospects”, a world premiere and CSO fee by Leah Curtis, who’s a Canberra-bred composer primarily based in Los Angeles.

Finest recognized for her authentic movie scores, Curtis creates music that sits equally within the head, the center and the intestine. With a hushed starting from the strings, then solo violin from concertmaster Kirsten Williams expounded a fragile melody that was quickly taken up by the oboe after which flute. The piece constructed, cinematic in scope, stuffed with rigidity till a playful tune broke via.

A delicate and looking work, the CSO equally matched the standard of this expressive composition. Becoming many visible pictures unhappy and joyful, this sleek piece ended the place it started in a hushed stillness. The composer went to the stage and thanked the viewers and orchestra.

Subsequent up the “Violin Concerto in D minor”, op. 4, by Jean Sibelius, with Ukrainian-Australian violinist Markiyan Melnychenko. Lecturer of violin on the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and in demand as a soloist, Melnychenko performs with hearth and sensuality. He has a spectacular method.

Ukrainian-Australian violinist Markiyan Melnychenko. Picture: Martin Ollmann

The start was virtually imperceptible till Melnychenko got here in. The fast presence of his underneath the voice tone till he moved right into a passionate phrase, confirmed the standard of this performer. What a pleasure it’s to listen to a participant with such talent and dexterity.

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With minimal physique motion, his solo passages had been extraordinary. The composure of this performer confirmed how he’s at one together with his instrument whereas respiratory the music. And Cottis was straight again into the swing of issues. She is aware of easy methods to drive and get one of the best out of this orchestra.

The gradual motion is an expansive love music, the ultimate, biting, fiery and maybe as Cottis stated: “One of the best violin concerto”. Romantic and devastating at its core, this music is used for among the most tender films in probably the most passionate scenes. This was soloist and orchestra at their greatest all through this spellbinding concerto.

After the interval, for the ultimate work of the evening, Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrushka”, (1947 model). Composers research the rating of “Petrushka” to point out them easy methods to create vibrant and suave orchestration. The rating completely represents the quintessential scheming trickster, who’s Petrushka.

Unrelenting in its kaleidoscopic vary of colors, this work crosses each dynamic and seemingly each rhythm and playful tune with every little thing woven right into a magical story. That is “Petrushka”.

With a financial institution of percussion, celeste, piano and harp, the orchestral qualities on this work exceed virtually all different orchestral music, besides that of this composer himself, Stravinsky. The comedy, the pathos, the storytelling; it’s a ebook too, a magical ebook. And did the CSO make it sound spectacular? They positive did.

For the ultimate CSO live performance sequence of the 12 months, they definitely saved their greatest for the final. What an evening!

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There’s yet another  efficiency of “Infinite Prospects” by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra tonight (November 24).

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Ian Meikle, editor