AFCM............................... Begin­nings re­view by GIL­LIAN WILLS

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A SPIR­ITED per­for­mance by vir­tu­oso recorder player Genevieve Lacey and me­di­ae­val in­stru­men­tal spe­cial­ist Poul Hoxbro of 12th and 14th cen­tury pieces was re­fresh­ing.

Giv­ing the first word to a frame drum in a cham­ber mu­sic event is some­thing dif­fer­ent. An­other rarely heard duo in­volved Henk Neven’s keen­ing bari­tone with as­so­ciate artist Alice Giles ( harp) in a heart­felt ac­count of Dvo­rak’s Bib­li­cal Songs, Op. 99.

Mozart’s Pi­ano Quar­tet No. 2 in E flat ma­jor, K493 per­formed by new re­cruits Orli Sha­ham, ( pi­ano) Fran­cis Gou­ton, ( cello) and reg­u­lars Jack Liebeck ( vi­o­lin) and Christo­pher Moore, ( vi­ola) for­merly of the ACO, was a tra­di­tional yet en­joy­ably elo­quent ac­count. The pi­anist’s gen­er­ous sup­port, won­der­fully pearled fin­ger­work and com­mand­ing so­los com­bined with the strings’ per­sua­sive lyri­cism and lovely tonal depth was pre­cisely the kind of en­joy­able theatre for which cham­ber mu­sic is famed.

Crammed with di­verse in­flu­ences of blue­grass, techno and clas­si­cal tra­di­tions Gold­ner’s ex­cit­ing, im­mensely pol­ished world pre­miere of Matthew Hind­son’s en­gag­ing, mood shift­ing String Quar­tet No. 5 drew en­thu­si­as­tic ap­plause.

Smetana’s tear- stained, grief­pro­pelled Pi­ano Trio in G mi­nor was writ­ten af­ter the death of his four- yearold daugh­ter and the in­tense per­for­mance with the charis­matic, stunning vi­o­lin­ist Francesca Dego, Jiri Barta’s soul­ful cello and Lane’s lu­mi­nous, fleet pi­anism suc­cess­fully closed an en­ter­tain­ing pro­gram.

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