Clas­si­cal

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Out & About - Martin Buza­cott

The Tal­lis Schol­ars Rip the ceil­ing off the con­cert hall and let the mu­si­cal light of heaven shine right on in, the Tal­lis Schol­ars are back in town and it’s two-to-a-part Re­nais­sance polyphony showtime. What makes the Tal­lis Schol­ars an athe­ist’s night­mare is their al­most pre­pos­ter­ous pu­rity of tone in the con­tra­pun­tal lines of their name­sake Thomas Tal­lis and his long-ago con­tem­po­raries. There, in Re­nais­sance mas­ter­pieces, they gen­er­ate such mu­si­cal ra­di­ance that found­ing di­rec­tor Peter Phillips’ on­go­ing 43 years of hard work can’t tell the whole story, with all but the most faith-averse surely giv­ing some credit to the guy up­stairs. It was in that Tu­dor-era heart­land that they be­gan their lat­est Aus­tralian tour, the first part of Tal­lis’s La­men­ta­tions of Jeremiah be­ing weep-wor­thy beau­ti­ful and the dou­ble-choir ef­fects in the lesser-known La­men­ta­tions by Franco-Flem­ish Do­minique Phinot jaw-drop­ping in their im­pact. City Recital Hall, 2 An­gel Place, Syd­ney. To­day, 4pm and 7.30pm. Tick­ets: $49-$109 Book­ings: (02) 9231 9000 or on­line. An Ortho­dox Christ­mas The Song Com­pany is fea­tur­ing a pro­gram for Ad­vent and Christ­mas in­fused with the sounds of Ge­or­gian and Greek tra­di­tions. The In­de­pen­dent The­atre, 269 Miller St, North Syd­ney. Novem­ber 13, 3pm. Tick­ets: $20$60 Book­ings: (02) 9409 4462. Antigone In the new adap­ta­tion by Damien Ryan of Sopho­cles’ clas­sic play, con­cepts are ex­plored such as what do we do with the body of a ter­ror­ist

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