ST JOHN PASSION REIMAGINATED ★★★
Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, The Concourse, Chatswood, April 3
The Sydney Philharmonia’s “reinvention” of Bach’s St John Ardour concerned the interpolation of three newly commissioned Australian items across the actions of Bach’s monumental work, creating reflective juxtapositions and recontextualisations.
Deborah Cheetham and Matthew Doyle Tarimi Nulay – Lengthy Time Residing Right here he started the live performance as a rustic musical accompaniment, his excessive and low notes sustained within the transferring internal elements, evoking daybreak and first gentle.
Quite the opposite, Joseph Twist’s Heaven, Tear Aside (Himmel reisse) it was abruptly inserted into Bach’s work, its opening snapping sharply interrupting dramatically the purpose within the textual content of Bach’s work the place Jesus is struck within the face. Written for baritone and refrain, the Twist piece makes use of a textual content that Bach had adopted and discarded within the often turbulently assertive baritone, sung with tendon-like agility by David Greco, towards a serene refrain within the refrain.
Brooke Shelley A river within the river (a play on phrases that evokes water on his identify and Bach – actually stream) was inserted after the crucifixion and introduced collectively the turbulent textures of Bach’s opening refrain and instrumental variations of the interjections. of the choir within the air later for Bass and refrain, Hurry up, or troubled anime.
Bach’s different constructing surrounding these reflections was in any other case intact and conductor Elizabeth Scott led a well-judged present, permitting the rating to develop at its personal tempo, with out distortion by exaggeration.
Singing from the gallery behind the stage, the 37 voices of Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers appeared clear however far-off within the acoustic heat of the Concourse Corridor. They’ve successfully crossed the rhetorical vary from the vigorous choirs of “crowds,” leaving for the crucifixion and the serene choirs that urge compassion, and have introduced dramatic drama to the monumental opening and shutting choirs.
Richard Butler sang the evangelist with gentle eloquence and pure vocals, whereas Andrew O’Connor introduced a wealthy heat to Jesus ’half. Celeste Lazarenko sang with a vivid and thrilling sound, Sian Sharp introduced human heat to the air It’s finished and Nicholas Jones sang the tenor aria with a clear projection.
Led by Fiona Ziegler, the orchestra, which included 18th-century devices, created delicate-colored passages, regardless of some harmful intonation moments.