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Candlelight Concert Review: Best of Anime Soundtracks

A 1-hour candlelight tribute to the music from anime serials by pianist & anime fan, Natalya Aynsley, held in the historic Capri cinema.

A relaxing celebration of the music from anime serials, an oft-neglected genre that's growing in popularity.
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Presented by Fever Up
Reviewed 20 May 2021

Natalya Aynsley is not only an accomplished pianist, but an anime fan. On The Capri stage, glowing in candlelight, she knew precisely which tunes to play and how to engage the enthusiastic audience to draw out cries of delight and applause.

Candlelight: Best of Anime Soundtracks was the latest in the Fever Up series of candlelight concerts that have taken Adelaide by storm. Often concentrating on classical music, this instrumental segue into the world of anime provided a relaxed and entertaining hour of beautiful piano renditions of familiar tunes. The selection of songs focussed on the more comforting numbers, keeping the evening soothing and sublime.

Featured was music from Spirited Away, Death Note, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Sailor Moon, Fullmetal Alchemist, Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Pokémon, Naruto, and Princess Mononoke amongst others. Aynsley introduced each tune or medley, providing fascinating snippets of information on some, such as how the anime series Elfin Lied was an inspiration for one of the main characters in the Netflix series Stranger Things.

Aynsley’s knowledge of the genre and her personable interaction with the near sold-out crowd kept the momentum flowing and the evening interesting. Her musical selections were popular, and sometimes surprising choices. The stage was a visual delight even though the baby grand piano struggled to fill the cavernous space enough for a surround sound experience. It still sounded wonderful though, offering a quality celebration of a genre that continues to grow in popularity.

Reviewed by Rod Lewis
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