On Sunday June 2, the Australian Haydn Ensemble performed an interesting program with a “French Twist” at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney.
This included works with a French connection by Mozart and Haydn, paired with works by little known and rarely performed composers Jadin and Devienne, plus the more well-known Rameau, whose Cinquième Concert from Pieces de Clavecin en Concerts had echoes from an earlier era.
I enjoyed sketching Melissa Farrow with her period flute, which sounded mellifluously mellow as she played Mozart’s Flute Quartet in A major K.298 and, later, the Flute Quartet in B minor Op. 16 No.3 by Jadin, which had a rather ethereal opening and a general melancholy feeling.
The concert ended with the last of Haydn’s Paris symphonies (No. 87). Arranged for String Quartet and Flute. The Australian Haydn Ensemble achieved a sumptuous symphonic sound with just five musicians.