Benaud Trio: Seasons – Traditional Melbourne

Shaped in Melbourne in 2005, Benaud Trio is one in every of Australia’s best-loved trios – a nationwide treasure, a legendary icon and a well-liked favorite ensemble at Australian music festivals and with ABC radio audiences. Lachlan Bramble, violin, Ewen Bramble, cello, and Amir Farid, piano, are excellent soloists, orchestral and chamber musicians, who’ve added new colors and tonal dimensions to a broad and in style trio repertoire, in addition to recurrently commissioning new music from internationally acclaimed and outstanding Australian composers.

Benaud Trio obtained a really hearty welcome as they entered the Primrose Potter Salon, the affectionate greeting including to the intimacy and heat atmosphere of this vibrant efficiency venue.

Lachlan launched this system by sharing his delight that composer Mark Isaacs was current to listen to his work, Nearer, commissioned by Benaud Trio and opening this program. Lachlan made the fascinating level that after it was modern to swing classical music throughout into the jazz world, however immediately Isaacs had uniquely taken the other path and re-styled his unique jazz quintet to a classical instrumentation. It’s often mentioned by many and different listeners, that Isaacs’ music “touches the center”.

It does. Distinctive in type, Isaacs’ classical lyricism is unusually framed in prolonged chromatic harmonic shifts and cross-rhythms. Very wealthy, barely syncopated piano chords first led the way in which with superb dense “jazz” harmonies, orchestrally luxurious, with cello first saying a compelling falling two-note motif then constructing architectural energy, with violin echoes and candy melodic responses. Desires, color, nostalgia and wonder added to the firmness of hope on this robust, light and intelligently designed music, extremely appreciated by the viewers.

Ewen Bramble’s beautiful lengthy, low, sustained cello tones started Luke Altmann’s Holy Fools earlier than small two-note piano intervals, dropping like pearls, lulled us into a distinct dream world. Loosely described as minimalism (affectionately as “Chamber Chill”), the repeated two-note sample stored easy time like a pendulum, rocking slowly by time, shifting in pitch, with hypnotic outlines of assorted instrumental colors producing a evenly textured translucent motion, easy and calming. We had a glimpse of the affect of Arvo Half’s writing for piano and cello, or a nostalgic style of Webern’s 5 Items for Orchestra with summary design, dispersed single tones, color and heavenly spaciousness. As we excitedly see pictures from a brand new and distant outer area beamed again to earth from the lately launched James Webb telescope, so have been we taken musically to a spot mild years away. Lachlan’s beautiful enjoying of extraordinarily high-pitched notes on the violin have been sustained with admirable accuracy, pitch and stability.

How particular to rejoice these partaking and charming two Australian works with their composers current, carried out by this Trio with nice sensitivity, stability and tonal language.

The title for this program – “Seasons” – was made clear with the arrival of Astor Piazzolla and Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas (The 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires). Seasonal tangos. This time the composer was not current, however his spirit definitely was. Shades of orange and pink sensual backlighting infused the aura created by the lusty tangos of Summer season. Robust romantic management got here from Lachlan’s massively expressive excessive melodies. Amir Farid’s vibrant orchestral accompaniment produced exuberance and pianistic aptitude in robust descending glissandos following the dancers’ actions. Autumn continued to be an up-tempo tango, that includes Ewen’s cello in most expressive double stopping with splendid celestial glissandos. The opening of Winter recommended brooding shadows and dimmed lights because the dance progressed and warmed up by seemingly disparate sections. Contrasting sections on solo piano, with extravagant chromatic cadenzas and high quality violin solos featured. An intriguing wintry ending revealed timbres akin to Christmas bells, earlier than a joyful arrival of Spring gave us energetic impulsion, power and sumptuous string enjoying from the Bramble Brothers. Percussive piano chords and driving rhythms allowed all gamers to extend the passionate voice of the tango in these virtuosic R-rated orchestrations so well-loved by Piazzolla’s followers. This new association (re-arranged with out electrical guitar and bandonion by Piazzolla’s cellist Jose Bragato) drew excited and boisterous applause for Benaud Trio’s very recent and thrilling repertoire. 

Being “well-known for his or her outrageous pop-inspired encores”, (mainly organized by Nicholas Buc, Australian conductor and composer with a lot pizazz and achievement) Benaud Trio returned to centre stage for our anticipated shock. We have been briefly calmed with the great thing about the favored Adagio theme from Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, however simply briefly, because the music developed into an modern and animated vibrant near this exceptionally fulfilling program.


Julie McErlain reviewed “Seasons”, carried out by Benaud Trio on the Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon on July 23, 2022.