Duo Eclettico: From the Forest

If there’s a live performance that one would describe as excellent, this one needed to be within the combine. Internationally recognised Australian musicians Coady Inexperienced (piano) and Justin Kenealy (saxophones) make an ideal duo, their alternative of “advanced and vibrant repertoire” by valued modern Australian composers in an ideal acoustic venue with supportive color enhanced staging, and an ideal viewers, which was engrossed, spellbound, held in silent consideration for each minute of the efficiency, contributed to this excellent hour of music. From composers Stuart Greenbaum, Louisa Trewartha and Gulliver Poole, Duo Eclettico requested items with an environmental connection, two for world premier performances, music that particularly expressed a relationship between humankind and the pure world.

How salutary too for us was the presence of the acclaimed and prolific composer Professor Greenbaum to current his work, alongside younger Gulliver Poole, a rising expertise together with his second main work for Duo Eclettico being premiered. Famous for her many commissions for extremely vibrant chamber music, Louise Trewartha was unable to be current for her opening work, Hearth Line Suite, launched by Kenealy from her notes. In 4 brief actions “the musical themes … are impressed by the hearth triangle: 1. Oxygen, (a delicate breeze) 2. Gasoline (flammable vegetation ) 3. Warmth  (devastation)  4. Regrowth  (a glimmer of hope, regeneration).”

Excessive single notes on the piano launched spaced naked intervals, calm and ethereal within the stillness of a scorching summer season’s evening. Towards a crimson and gold lit background, Kenealy’s superb radiant and incandescent tone set the heat of the scene, with managed non-pitched respiratory results complementing the composer’s panorama. Drive and vitality developed because the piano constructed extra pressing tremolos underneath a broad sturdy 5-time melody, because the Duo skilfully constructed rising and falling momentum in vibrant sound waves. Agitation, concern and scampering rhythmic steps cleverly portrayed the flight of dwelling creatures from fireplace and climate, as fastidiously spaced imitative bush cries have been sorrowfully heard. Extra piercing excessive saxophone trills and downward glissandos above thunderous low clusters on the piano elevated our feeling of tragedy in Warmth. In a gradual and delicate tonal and harmonic conclusion, clear rhythmic steps symbolised ahead shifting life and hope, with a high-quality sonic dimension added as Kenealy turned his instrument round, throughout and into the grand piano’s strings, producing surreal and distinctive echoes and resonant overtones. Magical. New tonalities, new life. A brilliant piece, at occasions illustrative however musically highly effective and spiritually connecting.

In 2021, younger rising composer Gulliver Poole’s work Solicitude struck a chord with Duo Eclettico, and this persevering with partnership is an thrilling outcome. Poole launched his new work, Forlorn, describing his inspiration from a visit to the Nice Barrier Reef, sharing each his deeply felt response in a celebration of magnificence and color with an sincere recognition of the growing lack of the dying coral. The again lighting on the majestic partitions of the auditorium turned a fusion of fabulous glowing aqua, turquoise and deep marine blues, with hints of Debussy and Ravel textures taking us right into a flowing and enchanting musical underworld. Turbulence and hazard grew with alarming indicators from insistent crescendos and tremolos on piano, accented loud low themes signalled warnings of destruction, and foreboding and solemn chords illustrated the final pulse beats of time. It was a most expressive and unhappy shut, as wealthy and dense harmonies on the piano underneath a gently spaced repeated single soprano sax be aware repeated a weakening dying toll. The effectiveness of this new music was very properly obtained with staunch applause.

Stuart Greenbaum “hears music in time as a journey. Typically this includes viewing our dwelling planet earth from a distance.” Written in 2002, his three-movement Sonata for Alto Saxophone and Piano got here from his love of the piano and the sax, with each devices so splendidly triumphant of their centrality to each classical and jazz genres. In the present day, Greenbaum is happy with his Sonata challenge – a full listing of 23 Sonatas, this second Sonata being a particular exploration of the widest pitch vary, emotional expression, dynamics and technical calls for for each devices. This mature 20-minute work is firmly within the repertoire for younger college students, with its vibrant, imaginative and creative constructions, advanced rhythms and prolonged sax cadenzas. In an uncommon ending to the primary motion, the solo alto sax climbed an ascending gradual diminishing pathway to a terrific peak as Greenbaum took us to look past Earth.

The favored second motion begins unusually with modern, nearly prayerful, considerate piano chords that introduce a sweetly lyrical sax phrase, akin to a growing jazz ballad, with refined ornamentation, and a classy bluesy model. The extremely skilled musicianship of Duo Eclettico confirmed of their high-quality symbiotic partnership, their pristine accuracy and a focus to completely tuned and detailed expression.

An exploratory, vigorous and rhythmically free closure to this imaginative and complicated Sonata was greeted with prolonged applause and loud exclamations of reward. Duo Eclettico is setting a excessive bar for bringing distinctive classical and modern Australian saxophone works onto the live performance platform.

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Julie McErlain reviewed “From the Forest”, carried out by Duo Eclettico on the Melbourne Recital Centre on July 4, 2022.