It was my first time hearing Marais Project. Their Swedish Roots was a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon and it was wonderful to meet classikON-er Mo at the concert.
The Recital Hall West at The Conservatorium of Music has the intimate feel that chamber music was designed for. Feeling like you’re close to the musicians where ever you are in the audience, unlike being at big concert halls. It is like the intimate feel of being at a concert in a pub rather than a sports stadium.
The music had a beautiful simplicity and the musicians were really enjoying themselves, especially for the last work, Swedish Folk Songs arranged by Tommie Andersson (listen to an interview I did with him beforehand about these). I found myself subconsciously tapping my feet with them.
At just over one hour, it was the perfect length for musical delight without feeling over indulged and we exited the hall to be treated by Swedish snacks, apple and pear cider, and wine. The musicians joined us and we could chat to them and other members of the audience.
What a wonderful insight into Swedish culture.