Great Inventions: QSO Music on Sundays
QSO’s Great Inventions concert on Sunday morning had a creative, dynamic program, featuring music inspired by inventions.
Conductor and Host Guy Noble couldn’t make it from Sydney, so the concert was instead conducted by Benjamin Bayl. From clocks to planes to innovative and game-changing composers, this certainly was an engaging program.
The concert opened with two works by Haydn, Representation of Chaos from The Creation and Symphony No. 101 in D (The Clock). The atmospheric, layered first piece depicted all of creation coming to life through contrasting voices. The clock symphony was great fun, with many changes in colour and tempo.
Next, QSO performed three dance excerpts from Rameau’s opera Platée. From the lively Rigaudon and Tambourin to the dramatic storm (Orage) QSO certainly enjoyed playing this piece. The music danced, soared, poured.
Beethoven’s heroic Symphony No.3 was known for its inventiveness, as he expanded and strengthened the structure, revolutionising symphonies to come. QSO played the lively third movement with gusto. The French horn section, Malcolm Stewart, Ian O’Brien and Vivienne Collier-Vickers really shone in their trio.
Debussy’s Pagodes from Estampes was like a postcard, creating an impression of the various styles of music and cultures he encountered at the Paris Exposition in 1889. These influences were heard in the pentatonic scale and the shimmering celeste, gongs and harps. QSO created a rich, full sound, and a sense of stillness and timelessness.
Then, we moved to two modern pieces, both inspired by science and aviation. QSO performed Samuel Jones’ Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, featuring soloist principal tuba Thomas Allely. The tuba melody evoked air flowing through a wind tunnel, hitting turbulence, decelerating, and then flowing smoothly again.
Stuart Greenbaum’s City lights, a mile up depicted the magical moment of flying in over a city, looking down at all the lights. This was a soothing, ethereal piece with a gently gliding melody decorated by glistening harp solos. The audience were carried off into the clouds.
To wake everybody up, QSO then performed Rimsky-Korsakov’s Spanish-inspired Capriccio espagnol. This bright, quirky piece melded musical ideas from many different cultures. The opening melody broke off into many solo cadenzas across the orchestra. Concertmaster Warwick Adeney tackled some very fast, complex solos.
Great Inventions was an energetic and entertaining concert, with an eclectic program. QSO are always a joy to watch and listen to, especially when lockdowns make concerts a rare treat. Don’t miss their upcoming concerts in August.
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