Festival Review: Mahler Chamber Orchestra: Program 1

The program for this evening included Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D major and Bruckner’s Symphony No 4 in E-flat major, together in the hands of conductor Daniel Harding and the superb Mahler Chamber Orchestra they make for a wonderful evening.

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Music played superbly
Overall
5

Reviewed at the Adelaide Town Hall on 9 March 2019

Presented by Adelaide Festival of Arts

The program for this evening included Schubert’s Symphony No. 3 in D major and Bruckner’s Symphony No 4 in E-flat major, together in the hands of conductor Daniel Harding and the superb Mahler Chamber Orchestra they make for a wonderful evening.

After a somewhat slow opening, the Schubert Symphony becomes bright and romantic with a mixture of themes but a spritely finish. The opening piece after the interval had rise and fall evoking a mixture of emotions, the call of the horns followed by a more romantic mood. Bruckner’s music seems to have more passion and the brass section leads in so many of the pieces: music full of life. The last section again had rise and fall but the final crescendo was wonderful.

The vitality of the orchestra is what impresses most. The passion of their playing is remarkable, all completely in sync. They have a well-earned reputation as a dynamic and successful orchestra of our time. Concert master Andrew Haveron (Violin 1) and Principal players Sophie Rowell (Violin II), Joel Hunter (Viola), Frank-Michael Guthmann (Violoncello) and Rodrigo Moro Martin (Double Bass) all stand out which is no mean feat in such illustrious company.

If you did not hear this orchestra you missed possibly a once in a lifetime chance to hear their perfection.

Reviewed by Fran Edwards
Twitter: @franeds

Venue:  Adelaide Town Hall
Season:  8-10 Mar
Duration:  2 hr 15 mins
Tickets:  $119 -$179

 

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