3MBS Positive Music: Tchaikovsky Marathon Closing Live performance


After we attend the ultimate live performance in any arts pageant there’s all the time an abundance of emotion at giant. Tonight we recognised the extraordinary imaginative and prescient and planning of retiring Musical Director Chris Howlett, who efficiently programmed 9 live shows of amazingly diverse vocal and instrumental works on this yr’s 10th Anniversary Marathon. Howlett has fulfilled his beliefs, celebrating a valued classical music group radio station, bringing collectively scores of volunteers and music lovers into two prestigious Melbourne Recital Centre live performance halls, and programming an unbelievable breadth of music by one composer – this yr, Tchaikovsky. We shared the thrill of listening to extraordinary younger proficient musicians launching their careers in newly opened venues with skilled seasoned artists. The one issues shared by a few of us right this moment, was the way to make the tough selection of which live shows to attend and the way to get to the MRC on time following metropolis public transport disruptions, with cautious hitch-hiking alongside Metropolis Rd typically being the one potential various!

On this closing program, the distinctive and famend orchestral physique of medical and well being practitioners, Corpus Medicorum, proved to us that, so far as newbie orchestras go, this one is tough to beat. With thirty violins, 13 violas, eleven celli and 4 double basses absolutely taking over entrance stage, this was fairly a military of strings main the best way in Tchaikovsky’s dramatic Hamlet, Overture-Fantasia in F minor. This not often heard work was deeply foreboding and intense in texture and quantity. The Russian in Tchaikovsky was absolutely expressed on this intense and forceful musical language. Whereas not strictly programmatic, the important forces of treachery and menace had been relentless, unchanging by means of strong blocks of orchestral texture with emphatic brass and timpani heralding Hamlet’s destiny.  Contrasting episodes of writing for woodwind choir solely gave short-term aid from the inevitable betrayal and demise. A heat oboe solo urged Ophelia’s sorrowful spirit, however even a uncommon contrasting part of sturdy flute solos accompanied simply by violins, introduced no calm or normality to the musical portrayal of insanity and tragedy. The ultimate part turned the orchestra right into a forthright military of dense navy proportions, with brass devices sounding the return of a victorious Prince Fortinbras. Victory was with out celebration. Hamlet’s final phrases and tragic finish was felt, because the voluminous orchestral sound was lowered to celli marking a sluggish descent in opposition to the timpani’s funereal beats and fading sustained horns.

After which there was peace.

3MBS 2019 Younger Performer Charlotte Miles is constructing a shining profession, this yr creating additional as an Rising Artist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.  In Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra in A significant, Miles absolutely confirmed express and distinct traits in every variation, from Romantic lengthy melodic traces, swish contours, quirky playfulness, technical bravura and superb ornamentation. Corpus Medicorum admirably tailored to their new function as a supportive and delicate accompaniment for Miles’s sturdy timbral sound, which was notably sturdy and assertive within the cello’s lowest tones. A excessive level got here after a protracted and passionate cadenza was adopted by softly spoken and vibrant pizzicato traces, with intermittent woodwind fills rounding out a delightful episode. A extra dramatic Coda concluded a extremely gratifying Rococo journey, and the soloist was rewarded with a prolonged and fairly thunderous applause.

Already a winner of quite a few competitions, together with the 2021 MRC Bach Competitors and 2017 Australian Nationwide Positive Music Younger Virtuoso Award, 17-year-old Leon Fei is an inspiring, mature and assured performer. His opening unaccompanied entry within the Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D main Op. 33 displayed every little thing an viewers needs to listen to – ardour, pleasure, colored melodical traces and sensible approach. Thrilling cadenzas had been stuffed with numerous flavours and rocket-powered notes within the very highest higher harmonic reaches. There have been many calls for positioned on Corpus Medicorum in sudden tempo adjustments, however underneath the expert management of conductor Keith Crellin they demonstrated their excessive requirements of musicianship and teamwork, notably within the lovely second motion the place particular person soloists shone and extra chic background hues complemented the soloist.

What an excellent approach to conclude a day of Tchaikovsky’s music, with an completed future technology star sensitively drawing out the guts and soul of this composer’s emotive music. Pulses had been racing as Fei led the orchestra by means of the ultimate sequences of sensible prospers within the Allegro Vivacissimo, leaving us holding our breath in admiration of this thrilling younger musician.

The tenth 12 months Anniversary Tchaikovsky Marathon proved to be one other extraordinary occasion showcasing one composer in an array of very good musical programming. Director Chris Howlett and 3MBS are to be heartily congratulated for bringing this excellent occasion to dwell and streamed audiences, supporting classical music in Melbourne.

Picture courtesy Melbourne Recital Centre

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Julie McErlain reviewed 3MBS Positive Music Tchaikovsky Marathon, Closing Live performance 5, offered on the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Elisabeth Murdoch Corridor on February 19, 2022.



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