Virtuosic performances at 2023 Sydney Chamber Music Festival

by | Sep 14, 2023 | Ambassador thoughts, Festivals

Sydney Chamber Music Festival 2023 | Bridget Bolliger with Vladimir Gorbach and friends

10th September, 2023,  Manly Art Gallery and Museum


Bridget Bolliger – Flute     Vladimir Gorbach – Guitar     Andrew Jezek – Viola    Tim Nankervis – Cello


On a perfect ‘northern beaches of Sydney’ Sunday afternoon an intimate concert of new and old music was given as part of the 2023 Sydney Chamber Music Festival in the artistic surrounds of Manly Art Gallery.

The most substantial composition was Schubert’s sonata from 1824 written for the then newly invented string instrument, the arpeggione, a cross between a guitar and a cello and piano. This work has a long history of arrangements for other instruments as the arpeggione only had a few brief moments in the sun before falling into obscurity. Thankfully the history of music was rewarded with a luscious and captivating work written for it by Schubert.

If a listener had never heard the work they could easily imagine that the version for flute and guitar played by Bridget Bolliger and Vladimir Gorbach was the definitive one. These two virtuosic performers were simply superb in the opening movement and revelled in the cascading notes. They developed the rich sonorities that their instruments can provide in the Adagio and explored the different lines in the finale. Bolliger, renowned for her exquisite tone and her immaculate phrasing, charmed the audience with every note. Gorbach is one of those musicians who inspire confidence and his interaction with Bolliger was a delight.

Another arrangement, the Six Romanian Folk Dances by Béla Bartók is particularly effective in this version for flute and guitar. These dances by the Hungarian master composer from the early part of the 20th century are jewels in miniature form. Again, a superlative performance.

It is always a delight when new Australian music is included and artistic director Bridget Bolliger included two works on the easy listening spectrum by Anne Cawrse, Grounded for cello and guitar and Stones by Jim Coyle for flute and guitar. Committed performances all round saw these romantic folk-like works well received by the audience. Two stars in the Australian string scene cellist Tim Nankervis and violist Andrew Jezek joined Bolliger and Gorbach in quartet from early in the 19th century attributed to Schubert. Authenticity aside it proved to be just the right vehicle for all the performers to dazzle and impress.

Very few people live in the CBD sections of our big cities and it is great to see the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust support projects where the people actually live. The Sydney Chamber Music Festival has a proud and distinguished history and I look forward to its future growth.


Program

Anne CAWRSE
‘Grounded’ for cello and guitar.

Jim COYLE
‘Stones’ for flute and guitar – commissioned by the Sydney Chamber Music Festival 2023.

Franz SCHUBERT
Quartet for flute, guitar, viola and cello G dur D 96.

Franz SCHUBERT
‘Arpeggione’ in A minor transcribed for flute and guitar.

Bela BARTÓK
Six Romanian Folk Dances for flute and guitar.

Principal Sponsor: The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust

Supported by: Northern Beaches Council

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About The Author

Alan Holley

Alan has been composing works that have been regularly performed and broadcast in Australia since the mid-1970s and over the past 25 years his music has become increasingly well-known in America and Europe. His trumpet concerto Doppler’s Web (2005) and A Line of Stars (2007) were commissioned and performed in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. His music is published by EMI Australia, Allans and Kookaburra Music and recordings of his music have been released on numerous labels.

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