The stunning St David’s Anglican Church at Burnside provided the perfect setting for the beautiful sounds of the Celestial Baroque opening night concert .
The accomplished trio of professional musicians comprising Trumpet player Marco Frizenschaf, Soprano Trudie Jackson, and Organist Dr Ray Booth, provide an enjoyable performance of some of classical music’s great composers work from Handel, to Bach, and Telemann.
Frizenschaf, who is currently visiting Australia for a family wedding, is an accomplished trumpet player from Southern Germany who since the age of 15, has been playing in French and German churches and is a recognised member of the Au Pont de Europe chamber ensemble. In addition, his experience extends to work as a soloist and as part of various other ensembles.
Jackson, an established soprano and recognised vocalist in Adelaide, has performed with the Adelaide University Choral Society, St David’s Anglican Church and impressively with the St Francis Xavier Cathedral Choir
Seasoned Organist Booth has since 1988 been St David’s Musical Director and has vast experience, having performed as part of the Adelaide Harmony Choir and various other ensembles. Not only a talented organist, he also plays the piano and harpsichord.
The organ at St David’s has an interesting history. Wolff was responsible for the original construction in 1873 and it was previously located at St Paul’s in Pulteney Street, Adelaide. J E Dodd undertook a rebuild and enlargement of the organ in 1903. Prior to its relocation to St David’s Anglican Church, a substantial rebuild of the instrument was undertaken. George Stephens Organ Builders, who retained the Dodd pipework and soundboard, carried out this rebuild.
Each of the instruments and musicians complimented each other throughout the concert and the pleasant sounds of the vocal were breath taking with the impressive acoustics of the church. Instrumentally, Frizenschaf and Booth were outstanding, displaying emotion, light, and shade throughout their performance.
‘Mio Tesoro per te moro’ is a beautifully performed piece, with Jackson performing it with such conviction and never missing a note.
As a vocalist, Jackson’s ability, technique, and vocal range were captivating. Her performance of ‘Lascia ch’io piangia’, (‘Let Me Weep’) by Handel, was so beautifully done it made this reviewer want to start vocally warming up and stretching one’s own vocal range!
This rendition, and many more of the extensive repertoire played within the 50-minute duration, were definitely crowd pleasers.
Despite the stifling conditions (43 degrees made it rather uncomfortable) the audience’s appreciation was obvious by the number of attendees and their response to each piece that was performed. The musicians displayed true professionalism in every sense, never faltering.
$10 for entry into this beautiful and memorable performance by three extremely talented musicians is exceptional. For the classical music enthusiast, this concert is an absolute delight to experience.
Reviewed by Lisa Mathews