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Omega Ensemble’s next performance is not a rendition of the Bette Midler tear-jerker, but Beethoven’s Seventh. With a 9-piece Wind Ensemble this arrangement is certainly a unique and complex rendition of the timeless masterpiece. The performance will feature two Oboes, two Clarinets, two French Horns, two Bassoons and a Contabasson. That’s certainly a lot of wind.
David Rowden gave a commanding performance of the substantial material on offer. His virtuosic display was varied, covering beautiful tone and line through to dazzling bravura.
The first movement features difficult runs on the piano in which the pianist, Maria Raspopova shone. The cello was prominent in the introspective Adagio while the clarinettist, David Rowden, shone in the finale, a set of variations on the above song.
Following the critically acclaimed first performance of their 2016 Virtuoso Series, Omega Ensemble return for an exquisite second night at City Recital Hall. In a program of discovery and intrigue, the evening brings together three works by composers of the classical and romantic eras.
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.
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).