That a live performance can achieve something so incredibly valuable to me personally underlines the powerful effects live performance has, and how I cannot do without it.
Oratorios are a strange listening experience for a non-believer. Liturgical music even more so. I attend such performances with an assumption that I should really be a fully 'paid-up member' of the belief system before I can fully appreciate the work I'm about to listen to. After Arvo Pärt's Passio last night at St John's […]
Beethoven 3 last night sounded remarkable. Rich and sonorous. Sinewy. Robust. Their playing gave the music life, giving the work a newness I’d not heard before.
It amazes me how much of a difference musicians playing from memory can have on a performance. Aurora Orchestra’s USP reinvigorates the genre and the concert-going experience breathing new life into the repertory the same way the period performance movement did in the early nineties.
All too often we settle for the orthodox. When I hear something unashamedly different from the norm, it makes me clap my hands together excitedly. So too here.
Another standout moment from this year’s season. But then it was Aurora Orchestra. What did you expect a fanboy to say?
It’s a treat to see so many musicians so engaged on the platform, not only with their conductor, but with one another. The players engage with the audience. We engage with them. Everyone ends up leaving the concert venue having had a riotously good time. Something magical occurs when the Aurora Orchestra are on stage.