The start of the 2016 season for Chris Cartner’s Resonance brought to the forefront the lyric soprano Anita Kyle in a program designed to be part of the Valentine’s Day weekend with songs associated with love themes.
In songs and arias by Dvorak, Puccini, Saint-Saens and Schubert, Anita Kyle displayed a voice comfortable with drama, gentleness and nuance and she had a ball in three Spanish songs by the early 20th century composer Fernando Obradors. This was music where you could almost hear the castanets and flamenco guitar.
Cartner is a gem as the associate artist to singers but he is also a musician prepared to perform well known classics and to bring to such repertoire individuality and insight. His playing of Rachmaninoff’s Melodie op3/3 and Liszt’s Liebestraum no.3 were a delight but it was his capacity to highlight the agitato and tranquillo sections in Chopin’s Nocturne op27/2 and to treat them with equal weight that stood out in this concert.
Chris Cartner’s mission to bring chamber music to different parts of Sydney is a most worthwhile endeavour. He showcases top Sydney talent in intimate surroundings. The concerts are pleasantly a little informal and the big audience at the Lavender Bay performance were enthralled.
Anita Kyle – soprano
Chris Cartner – piano
Hear the program repeat performance on Sunday afternoon in Annandale. Tickets available online or at the door.