Husband and wife duo, David Rowden and Maria Raspopova will join forces to present a magical afternoon of music. In this exciting program David and Maria explore Brahms’ Clarinet Sonata No.1 in Eb, op.120. A musical feast that features the lyrical and tender side of both the instruments as well as their virtuosic characteristics, this is the perfect way to open the program.
Hylkema’s intense, exciting but refined cello playing was full of eloquence and unhurried emotion. The expression of Elgar’s gesturing such as the several strumming pizzicato moments was spaced with fresh individuality. The mixture of bravura, boldness and subtlety in this version and in this cellist’s sincere and skilled communication captivated the audience.
Even with 14 musicians backing soloist Teije Hylkema in British composer Iain Farrington’s arrangement of the concerto the romantic sweep and sense of nostalgia shone through, thanks to the Dutch-born cellist’s lush, full-bodied tone and first-class reading, along with some superb playing by his colleagues
From the first chord, Teije held the audience’s attention with his commanding stage presence and sonorous and expressive performing.
Teije Hylkema... was a committed soloist, his burnished tone just right for Elgar. His pacing was spot on, his slight emotional reserve well-judged (a Du Pré would come a right cropper swimming around in these orchestrational shallows).
Mark Grandison's work Riffraction will be performed by Omega Ensemble on 5 September at the City Recital Hall. Read about how this work came about.
Don’t miss out on this stunning work that will leave you breathless.
Omega Ensemble continues their tradition of performing rare and new works alongside a magnificent masterpiece on 5 September in what David Rowden, Artistic Director and Founder, describes as a “concert of contrasts”.
Acclaimed Dutch cellist Teije Hylkema is the guest artist at Omega Ensemble's third concert in their 2016 Virtuoso Series - Elgar's Cello Concerto.
George Palmer writes 'The opening movement of this work is about the affection of good friends.' Clarinetests Dimitri Ashkenazy and David Rowden first met at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music during a master class and have remained good friends ever since.
Omega Ensemble ACN 120 304 725 is listed on the Australian Government’s Register of Cultural Organisations maintained under Subdivision 30-B of Part 2-1 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth).