Omega Ensemble serenades the Sugar Plum Fairy

Omega Ensemble serenades the Sugar Plum Fairy

The Omega Ensemble ended their second year as Sydney City Recital Hall’s artists in residence with a sonorous collection of works featuring a chamber arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite.

First in the concert was Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s amusing Serenata in Vano (1914), in which the instruments compete, ultimately in vain, for a “fair one’s” attention. The performers blended their tone colours beautifully, playing off each other and intertwining their melodic lines as they vied for their subject’s attention. The jocular march, which ends the work, evoked images of gentlemen wandering home after their unsuccessful attempts, with clarinetist David Rowden in particular injecting an abundance of humour and creating a lighthearted atmosphere in the hall.