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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | July 11, 2020

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Review: QSO Studio Sessions #1

Review: QSO Studio Sessions #1
Claire Matthews

QSO Studio Sessions concert #1 was the perfect way to unwind on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

QSO Studio Sessions series are live-streamed from their rehearsal studio, gradually building from solo performers to a full orchestra. The series will continue over the next few months, until restrictions ease and the full symphony can perform together again. The program on Sunday featured music of Bach, Beethoven and Debussy.

To open, Acting Principal Cello, Hyung Suk Bae performed the well-known and much-loved Bach Cello Suite No.1, BMV1007. The rising and falling cello melody flowed through my house, accompanied by the falling rain. Hyung performed the six movements, Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuets I & II, and Gigue with sensitivity and expression. Hyung said in his introduction that the Bach cello suites bring joy, and he was right.

Next, Section Principal Viola, Imants Larsen and Hyung performed Beethoven’s Duet mit zwei obligaten Augengläsern, WoO 32 (Allegro). In this piece, viola and cello blended together with a rich tone and timbre. Imants and Hyung performed in a conversation, weaving in and out, listening and responding.

To close, Section Principal Flute, Alison Mitchell and Principal Harp, Jill Atkinson joined Imants for Debussy’s Sonata for flute, viola, and harp. The trio performed the three movements, Pastorale, Interlude and Final with the colour and dialogue between instruments evocative of the impressionist period. The unusual combination of instruments complemented each other in perfect harmony. The dreamy, floating sound carried me away.QSO’s Studio Sessions concert #1 was an hour of sublime chamber music, performed by outstanding soloists and live-streamed to a backdrop of rain.

Studio Sessions #1 is available on demand on YouTube. Follow QSO on their socials: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

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