& BEETHOVEN VII
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall, October 31 2016
|Timo-Veikko Valve with the Guarneri cello. Photo: Mick Bruzzese|
I had the privilege to enjoy the ACO concert last night a Hamer Hall. How spectacular. Always a rejuvenating treat, the ensemble was in full form. One of our party said the previous subscription concert had been terribly disappointing with the musicians seeming quite out of kilter. She sent them a note, and although she didn’t receive a response I suggested that perhaps it had been read out in rehearsal, for tonight was quite the opposite and she agreed. (I can’t imagine the ACO delivering a disappointing performance, but we do all indeed have our off days).
The Gordon Kerry premier work ‘So Dream Thy Sails’ was played superbly and interwove thin tones on the strings with virtuosic playing and full ensemble sections, reflecting the moods and movement of the ocean. A particular highlight was the prominence of the harp, which brought colour, tremendous tonal chiaroscuro and such a beautiful contrast of texture to the work. The concentration was sharp and the performance excellent.