Some superb Mozart enjoying however a mixture of unique and modern devices misses the mark.
As a part of …the thought of Vienna theme for this yr’s Canberra Worldwide Music Competition, this system gives a liberal sprinkling of 18th-century romantic music from Vienna, together with the double greats of each Mozart and Beethoven, in addition to Schubert, and at a later interval from each Mahler and Schönberg. Whereas Beethoven is given 5 breakfast occasions over 10 days, there are two Best Mozart concert events providing piano, flute and clarinet concertos in addition to a symphony. Mozart is all the time fashionable pageant fare, so these concert events had been bought out early and well-anticipated.
The primary of the Mozart concert events commenced with the pleasant Flute Quartet in D Main, written when Mozart was in his early 20s. In addition to solo flute, right here performed on a classical (unique) instrument with some unlucky blended outcomes for the expert flautist Sally Walker, principal gamers had been included from the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra; Rachael Beesley, violin, Simon Oswell, viola, and cellist, Daniel Yeardon, all glorious musicians.
The Allegro motion commenced briskly, the flute taking over the joyful theme, transferring it to the strings, and having fun with some enjoyable interplay with the viola. By utilizing an unique instrument, the flute’s candy timbre gave a moderately mild studying of the motion, although some pretty trills and arpeggios assisted to enhance the strong string work. Sadly, the wistful, sluggish Adagio motion with a stunning flute obligato over light pizzicato strings, highlighted this explicit instrument’s publicity on this motion, as Walker needed to work onerous to wrest management again from the extra dominant strings. The fierce Rondeau introduced again the opening theme, which appeared a extra comfy match for the classical flute’s dynamics within the firm of contemporary string devices.
The Symphony no. 3 in E-flat Main is now extensively attributed as an unique work to Mozart’s modern, his elder by some 30 years, Carl Friedrich Abel. The younger Mozart copied it in London when he was simply eight years previous, a standard apply. He later modified Abel’s selection of oboes to clarinets, giving it a extra Mozartian really feel, so the work is now collectively attributed.
The Molto allegro motion was shiny and speedy, being carried out by pianist, Neal Peres Da Costa, from the pianoforte, an unique and stylish 18th-century instrument. The woodwind of bassoons, clarinets, flute and horns contributed glorious work and there was robust enjoying from the strings. The slower, extra stately Andante motion was fantastically managed, whereas the quick Presto motion added a lot color and heat.
The celebrated and ever fashionable twenty third piano Concerto in A Main was the spotlight of the live performance. Whereas including resonance to the fortepiano, with the addition of its lid, nonetheless the extra muted sound of the unique instrument contrasted with the total pressure of contemporary strings and what gave the impression to be a mixture of each fashionable and older devices from the woodwind, however particularly the horns.
The celebrated and ever fashionable twenty third piano Concerto in A Main was the spotlight of the live performance.
The opening Allegro motion was constructive and sunny with strong string enjoying and superb intonation from the clarinets and flute. The fortepiano’s sound palate was fairly pretty, if subdued, and Neal Peres Da Costa’s enjoying exemplary, although it was clearly a problem to be a soloist whereas additionally conducting from the piano. One constructive from the selection of instrument was the eye to element within the numerous trills and elaborations, even when one needed to pressure to listen to them. The well-known Adagio, with its heart-rending expression of ache and longing, was fantastically paced and performed by pianist and orchestra, with transferring clarinet and flute obligatos, however general we misplaced the glint and magic of this motion, maybe being too acquainted with the fun of the vigorous fashionable piano and its capability to soar over the orchestra as wanted. The Allegro assai was forthright and measured, including a marvellous vary of Mozartian improvised arpeggios and elaborations from the piano.
The combination of each unique devices alongside fashionable devices in any musical work of this era or earlier may be problematic. There’s a elementary disconnect for the fashionable listener unaccustomed to the subdued nature of those much less refined devices, which regularly seem to lack brilliance or readability. Neal Peres Da Costa factors out in his detailed ideas in this system booklet that ‘even educated listeners discover it troublesome to listen to well-known music in an unfamiliar fashion’. How true that sentiment is. Presenting this live performance with all unique devices will surely have created a extra balanced sound, and loads of specialised orchestras do precisely that with out concern. However general would we now have missed the sharpness and focus that we now have come to like and reply to with the live performance repertoire that was offered?
All credit score to the pageant for its boldness in using unique devices of the interval, but it surely comes with sure dangers, whereas the selection of venue and the scale of the accompanying orchestra on fashionable devices must also be thought-about. An gratifying however not a very profitable night.
Three stars: ★★★
Canberra International Music Festival
Live performance 5: Best Mozart 1
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Flute Quartet in D Main KV285
Carl Friedrich Abel/ Mozart – Symphony no.3 in E Flat Main KV18
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Concerto in A Main no.23 KV488
Sally Walker – classical flute
Neal Peres Da Costa – fortepiano
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra
Saturday 1 Could, 2021
Fitters Workshop, Canberra
Canberra Worldwide Music Competition
30 April to 9 Could 2021