A Little Lunch Music – Mozart & Mendelssohn

A Little Lunch Music – Mozart & Mendelssohn
By Rose Niland - The Culture Concept Circle

Artistic director Kathryn Selby delivered a Program at City Recital Hall at Angel Place that had the audience in raptures.

The Mozart and Mendelssohn Program was performed by the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra with Dr Nicholas Milton the Conductor and Kathryn Selby on the Piano.

Dr Nicholas Milton led the Willoughby Symphony Orchestra to perform superbly, communicating to the audience the essence of the music.

He inspired the musicians to express their skill and individual responses to the music. Their appreciation and expertise was harnessed by the conductor and it connected with the audience to create the magic of the performance.

The Willoughby Symphony Orchestra is ‘revered as Australia’s finest community orchestra’ and will celebrate their fiftieth anniversary in 2015.

Dr Nicholas Milton has led the Orchestra since 2001 both as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor.

He has a reputation for a charismatic stage presentation and thrilling interpretations and this was no exception.

The concert commenced with Mozart’s Piano Concerto in B flat major, K595 and composed in 1791.

This was Mozart’s last piano concerto and is distinctive in character and more experimental than previous compositions.

The work has a solid thematic assimilation of the movements which would become even more significant in the nineteenth century. The music began with the joyous pure sound of the theme echoing across the instruments of the Orchestra.

It was like leaves scattering, autumn colours cascading in tonal swirls. The music played and a very rural pastoral scene emerged across the character of the music.

Kathryn Selby’s crisp clear notes from the piano engaged the listener immediately.

Her calm poise enhanced the beautiful playing and the notes rose up and fluttered in exquisite plumes of sound.

The harmony and balance of resonance between the Piano and Orchestra was expertly guided by the Conductor. The sounds built and retreated creating orchestral light and shade.

Kathryn played with passion and immersion in every moment of her music making.

The musical notes gracefully rolled off her fingers and built a sense of serenity.

Her playing transported me back to the country scene of rolling grassy hills, bubbling streams and tumbling down on soft mounds of earth.

Lying on the ground looking up through the dappled leaves of trees and wondering about the blue sky above were images for me, evoked by her performance.

The Larghetto began gently and melodically on the piano and when the Orchestra joined in, praise for each moment of life swept across the audience. The ponderous and poetic second movement was a window to the beauty of sound and the eloquence of the composition.

Kathryn evoked an emotional response with her reverential playing that captured the integrity of true purpose so delicately. It was a thrilling and beautiful performance.

In the third movement the piano began with a cheerful dancing refrain that invited all to share and participate in the fun. Excitement quivered and a roller coaster of emotions erupted to lift the human spirit.

The ongoing dance of life permeated the cycle of beauty and discovery in the music.

For me it was like the themes of the music were running and chasing each other delighting in the game. The optimistic character of the music was the jewel in the crown of beautiful sounds.

It was an enchanting performance and my most favoured recent performance from Kathryn Selby. She was certainly acclaimed by the audience who spontaneously swooned and applauded with vigor and appreciation.

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