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Classic Melbourne Review of Haydn, Mozart and Vaughan Williams Concert

Here are some excerpts from Heather Leviston’s review of Victoria Chorale’s concert of music by Vaughan Williams, Haydn and Mozart at Hawthorn Arts Centre on September 17, 2022.  The full review is available at

https://www.classicmelbourne.com.au/victoria-chorale-melbourne-haydn-vaughan-williams-mozart/

Looking at works being programmed in Melbourne at the moment you would never know that 2022 marks the 150th anniversary of one of England’s greatest composers.  Thanks to Victoria Chorale Melbourne, arguably his most popular work, The Lark Ascending, took melodious flight this weekend [with] violin soloist Yi Wang…   His solos as Concertmaster of Orchestra Victoria have been much admired for the clarity, elegance and warm beauty of his playing by audiences and colleagues alike, and he brought all these qualities to his performance of Vaughan William’s pastoral masterpiece.

 

The Art of Sound Orchestra was a worthy accompaniment to his supple embodiment of a lark’s flight, providing a warm cushion of sustained string sound at the beginning and end of the work, and swelling to full orchestral splendour with some fine playing from the wind section along the way. Dobernig was very attentive to orchestral dynamics, ensuring that the violin was appropriately featured.  The unaccompanied passages were seamlessly woven into the orchestral fabric – pure, graceful and entrancing as the audience sat absolutely still, hanging on every note.  The shift from Yi Wang’s role of soloist to that of concertmaster ensured that what followed would be enhanced by his presence…

[T]wo movements from Joseph Haydn’s The Seasons were included in this program….   One of the chief attractions of The Seasons is the way Haydn combines voices.  Duets, trios and choruses intertwine and reinforce each other.  Victoria Chorale sang with enthusiastic vigour in the big choruses and displayed good discipline in general.  The sopranos sounded increasingly confident, handling some challenging higher passages with brightly shining tone.  There were obviously some talented singers among their ranks. The final lilting chorus was a fitting way to end an uplifting concert celebrating nature.

Please mark in your diaries!

Concert 3 Christmas Concert with traditional Xmas Carols and one or more choral favourites to celebrate the joy of Xmas on Saturday 10th, December, 2022. 

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