East Meets West Orchestral Concert (Ausfeng)

Celebrating 50 several years of Chinese-Australian relations, this Ausfeng concert performed by Queensland Symphony Orchestra was a showcase of richly evocative melodies and amazing virtuosic displays. The two central is effective in the software were the Butterfly Fans Violin Concerto and the Yellow River Piano Concerto, equally of which are nicely-recognized parts, but it’s unusual to see them executed reside in Australia and even much more so to listen to both of those operates in one particular live performance.

Guzheng player Jammy Huang with the QSO. Picture supplied

There’s in some cases a type of apologetic tone paired with these will work, along the strains of “well, they were being collaboratively composed, you know”, as if that were a little something to be ashamed of. It’s value thinking of that we’re really pleased to have our film, tv and pop tunes all be closely collaborative artwork sorts, but the minute a collaborative composition hits the classical aspect of factors, eyebrows are lifted.

The concert started out with a sumptuous orchestral arrangement of the traditional melody Jasmine Bouquets, which Western audiences may be common with from its quick visual appearance in Puccini’s Turandot.  No arranger was detailed in the programme, nevertheless it was a remarkable opener with a good deal of area for the brass in specific to extend out. Dane Lam’s conducting was, as common, great, with a keen ear for detail and management.

Up coming up, guzheng player Jammy Huang joined mezzo-soprano Victoria Lambourn for Hope Betrayed, which appeared in the 1987 Television sequence Desire of the Purple Chamber. Both Huang and Lambourn executed properly, whilst I’d have loved to have seen extra of Huang’s participating in. Sadly, this was her to start with and very last look for the night.

Lambourn adopted with a fiery variation of Bizet’s Habanera (L’amour est un oiseau rebelle) from Carmen, right before Anna Da Silva Chen arrived onstage for an great general performance of He Zhanhao and Chen Gang’s Butterfly Fans Violin Concerto. Da Silva Chen’s previously impressive standing is well-deserved – her relieve with even the most fiendish of operates was striking, and QSO clearly relished the interaction amongst soloist and orchestra.

Mezzo-soprano Victoria Lambourn with the QSO. Picture supplied

Just after the interval, the concert resumed with the famed Montagues and Capulets from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet – a fantastic opener. Soprano Sharon Zhai followed with spirited performances of Verdi’s Ernani, Ernani, involami and the Xinjiang people music, Pamir, My Gorgeous Hometown, which Lam and QSO really bought trapped into with the strings in overdrive.

The live performance concluded with Tony Lee carrying out the Yellow River Piano Concerto. The piece began existence as a cantata by Xian Xinghai, and was organized in its latest format by Yin Chengzong, Chu Wanghua, Liu Zhuang, and Sheng Lihong. Lam chatted to Lee ahead of the functionality and the pianist noted his familiarity with the function, which was absolutely obvious. This was a highly effective, self-assured overall performance of a favourite get the job done, and I even caught the lady in the seat following to me humming along at various factors.

This was a stirring evening, but I would have cherished to have seen some Australian illustration by Chinese-Australian composers these as Liza Lim or Julian Yu. Nevertheless, this was a very very good night of orchestral showpieces, which correctly celebrated 50 yrs of Chinese-Australian relations.

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