After a decade of violin and piano lessons during school, I found myself more interested in loud rock festivals than classical music for most of my twenties. But in recent years I’ve been drawn to more complicated and progressive music, and was intrigued when I got an email about “classical clubbing”. This turned out to be a great experience as a re-introduction to the wonders of classical music.
The Standard was the perfect venue for two people with some experience of classical music, but a preference for wine bars over concert halls. Over a couple of drinks we admired Kate Scardifield’s art installation and the diversity of the four main pieces – from the horror movie soundtrack style of Takemitsu’s “Between Tides” to the sound of birds and insects in Sculthorpe’s “Jabiru Dreaming”, interspersed with more familiar music by Debussy and Mendelssohn. The amazing talent of the Enigma Quartet and the Streeton Trio was evident even to novice patrons of classical music, particularly the difficult piano part in Mendelssohn’s “Piano Trio in D Minor”. The finale was a combined effort by the two groups, which was a beautiful way to end the performance.
All in all it was a great way to spend a Saturday night, with a perfect mix of varied music styles, impressive performances, great atmosphere and just the right amount of explanation of the pieces by the performers. So thank you to Musica Viva for re-awakening our appreciation of classical music with this innovative event!