The Brahms, of course, was the main fare of the afternoon and the Ensemble combined tightly and impressively throughout its four movements. Perhaps the best description of this work is contained in Eusebius Mandyczewski's letter to Brahms: “It’s as though the instruments were in love with each other.” That feeling certainly came across in this performance.
Ben Hoadley, Bassoonist and Composer talks about working with Omega Ensemble. Don't miss the world premiere of his new work 'Four Preludes' on Sunday 29 May 2016 at the Utzon Room Sydney Opera House.
Sam Cottell catches up with the Artistic Director of Omega Ensemble, David Rowden in his home to talk to about concert programming, Beethoven and the intimate appeal of Omega Ensemble’s concerts.
Rowden’s even velvety tone and musical shaping coupled with Raspopova’s responsive and assured accompaniment made it a constant pleasure.
This was a stand-out delivery from a difficult work and demonstrated Omega’s ability at navigating the most difficult and tricky musical passages, while at the same time making them seem the easiest thing in the world.
Step back in time with Omega Ensemble and experience chamber music as it once was, an intimate affair.
"The nocturnal mood of the following Beim Schlafengehen was perfectly captured on lower strings. Ike See’s ravishing violin solo was a treat and Abrahmsen’s phrasing was here spot on, her voice rising to a fine climax."
"Soprano soloist Lee Abrahmsen was the brightest of the many highlights in Omega's meaty program of Wagner, Mahler and Strauss."
"You would think with a piece of this complexity a conductor would be necessary but the ensemble handled it magnificently without. It always felt secure and tight. The piece was a lot of fun; congratulations both to Ford and the ensemble. It deserves to be part of the repertoire, I hope to hear it again some time."
It was a tremendously sophisticated performance by pianist Maria Raspopova, violinist Ike See, violist Neil Thompson and cellist Teije Hylkema. The ensemble was taut and the performance was inspired with a rapturous range of colour and dynamic.
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