BEETHOVEN’S SEVENTH Omega Ensemble Monday 11 July, 7.30pm City Recital Hall
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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, with two lesser known pieces, Gounod’s Petite Symphonie and Spohr’s Grand Nonette, and finishing with the much celebrated Beethoven’s Seventh in an unusual format.
Omega Ensemble have gained a reputation for uncovering rarely heard works or casting new light on popular works. Artistic Director and founder of Omega, David Rowden, says, “at the end of any performance by Omega Ensemble, I want the audience to go away with a feeling that they got to experience and discover something new, and perhaps expand their musical experience.”
In the opening work of the night Omega Ensemble will perform the Petite Symphonie, a charming but seldom performed work from Gounod, best known for his operatic compositions Ave Maria and Faust.
Spohr, sometimes described as “The Forgotten Master”, was once at least as famous as his contemporary, Beethoven. Omega will perform his melodically brilliant Grand Nonetto, a work so successful at the time that its instrumentation became the standard for future nonets.
The evening will finish with the Omega Ensemble performing one of the most celebrated works from one of the greatest composers, Beethoven’s Seventh, in an unusual and revealing arrangement for winds. First performed at a benefit concert for wounded soldiers, the symphony achieved instant and lasting popularity. It is driven by an intoxicating energy in what Wagner described as the “apotheosis of dance”. Spohr himself, who actually performed in the orchestra on the night, described Beethoven’s conducting: “he tore his arms with a great vehemence asunder ... at the entrance of a forte he jumped in the air”. Omega Ensemble’s performance promises to recapture some of that freshness.
PROGRAM: Gounod Petite Symphonie Spohr Grand Nonetto, Op. 31 Beethoven Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92 arr. Pierluigi Destro
MUSICIANS: Lisa Osmialowski (flute), Alex Fontaine (oboe), Matthew Bubb (oboe), David Rowden (clarinet), John Lewis (clarinet), Ben Hoadley (bassoon), Simone Walters (bassoon), Melissa Woodroffe (contra bassoon), Michael Dixon (horn), Jenny Mcleod-Sneyd (horn), Ike See (violin), James Wannan (viola), Paul Stender (cello), Alex Henery (double bass).
Tickets: Adult $64 - $94, Concession $59, City Recital Hall Member $52 - $76, Under 30 $29 (Fees per transaction: phone $8, internet $6)
Bookings: 02 8256 2222 or cityrecitalhall.com