Bran­den­burg’s ‘Bit­ter­sweet Ob­ses­sions’

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The Aus­tralian Bran­den­burg Orches­tra is pre­sent­ing “Bit­ter­sweet Ob­ses­sions”, a dra­mat­i­cally staged Bran­den­burg con­cert at Mel­bourne’s Recital Cen­tre. The con­cert is the emo­tional nar­ra­tive of one wo­man pre­sented as three short sto­ries or scenes. There’s a lament, a tragedy and a com­edy to­gether with sto­ries of un­re­quited love, vi­o­lent pas­sion and teenage re­bel­lion. Con­structed around three works by two of the most iconic of baroque com­posers Monteverdi and JS Bach, the con­cert in­cludes Bach’s fa­mous comic cof­fee can­tata. The pro­duc­tion stars New Zealand so­prano Natasha Wil­son, tenors Karim Su­lay­man from the USA and Spencer Darby from Australia, as well as Dan­ish bass Jakob Bloch Jes­persen. 4–5 Novem­ber, Mel­bourne Recital Cen­tre, 31 Sturt Street, South­bank. 1300 782 856. bran­den­

Natasha Wil­son. Photo: © Steve God­bee.

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