Thank You Sydney Soloists

It was a crisp winter evening on Friday 2nd August 2019, but inside the Concert Hall at the Concourse, Chatswood the ambience was warm and the audience expectant, then captivated and entertained.  Most left with a smile on their face and renewed spring in their step.

The Sydney Soloists displayed their usual outstanding musicianship melded with a natural rapport that gave us engaging, beautiful performances in a program that featured masterworks less often heard in concert. 

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As Tony Burke recognised in his review for ClassikON:  “every programme given by the Sydney Mozart Society is carefully thought out in collaboration with the artists”.  He said, “the performing artists…were probably more familiar to many in the audience” than the pieces they played ”and the decision to play these pieces must be applauded.”

The performances were indeed well received beginning with the Brahms trio for clarinet, cello and piano in A minor, Op 114, followed by Mozart’s Divertimento for violin, viola and 'cello in E flat major, K563.

As you might expect at the Mozart Society, more than one member of the audience claimed his piece as their favourite of the evening saying:

“The Mozart was the highlight for me, such warmth and joy.”

“A lovely performance of a great piece, I was particularly impressed with the lightness of the touch on the strings.”

One of the performer’s said, “Mozart only wrote one work for this combination of instruments but he made it an exceptional one”.

Sydney Mozart Society was also very pleased to welcome Lauris Elms AM OBE - one of our patrons - to this concert.

After interval the audience warmed to the power and wit of Dohnányi's Sextet for piano, violin, viola, ‘cello, clarinet and horn in C major, Op 37 - and the performers appeared to enjoy it too.

As one said, “it’s a rare treat to play”.

An audience member “loved the swelling, sweeping feel of some of the early parts and the jazzy finale set me on a happy high” and another remarked on “the warmth and sparkle of the horn -  quite melted my heart!”

 “A fabulous concert - the sextet was the highlight - but I loved every minute”.

As Tony Burke said: Dohnányi's work “proved an excellent climax for a very enjoyable evening.  This was heightened by the brilliance of the sextet combining accuracy with musical feeling.”


                                                                                                                                Bev Jordan 


Missed the Sydney Soloists concert? Catch up on the concert details, works performed and artist biographies in the concert programme notes