Showing posts with label Mass in C Minor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mass in C Minor. Show all posts

Monday, September 23, 2013

Strong performance displays city's talent

Mozart's Mass in C demands large forces - a double choir formed by City Choir Dunedin and the Southern Youth Choir; two sopranos, Emma Fraser and Anna Leese; tenor Benjamin Madden, bass Joel Amosa, organist Simon Mace and the Southern Sinfonia orchestra.

Southern Sinfonia, City Choir Dunedin 
Dunedin Town Hall 
Saturday, September 21 

It is a source of great pride that all of this performance's considerable talents originated or received significant formative training in Dunedin. Under the direction of Englishman Simon Over, the combined musicality and technical prowess created a hugely successful evening.

Fraser's bright and vibrant soprano and Leese's mellow wealth complement each other very well. Both took scintillating advantage of the many opportunities for virtuosic and melodic display.

However, it was Fraser's solo with bassoon played by Julie Link, oboe by Nick Cornish and flute by Aimee Gallardo that held the audience's breath. Madden's tenor voice and Amosa's bass voices are also fine and deserve works less infatuated by the soprano sound.

The combined choirs were also a force to reckon with, producing a triumphant, glorious wall of sound sufficient to forgive the occasional muddied overwritten lines, sparse high entries and choirmaster Burchell's ability to lead from behind.

Again, the Southern Sinfonia shows itself able and willing to produce excellent results for such a truly admirable conductor as Simon Over.

A bashful Philippa Harris, the Sinfonia's manager for 20 years, was deservedly praised by Over as a ''legend'' and a ''miracle-worker''.

After such joyful noises, Dvorak's 6th Symphony could not help but be something of a letdown, resurrected only by the energetic Scherzo and sweet Finale and the woodwind and brass sections' excellent work.

Overall, this was a powerful performance, exceedingly well received. It celebrates not only City Choir Dunedin's enduring reincarnations over 150 years but the wealth of amateur and professional talent that this city creates, nurtures and exports.

Review by Marian Poole, ODT Monday 23 September 2013


Comments from members of the audience:


"The performance was very good and some movements sublime, in particular the Kyrie, Gloria and Osanna. After the Osanna I saw Jim sitting next to me nodding his head in approval. Praise indeed. Thank you all very much and I do wish I had been able to join you in singing."
Jennifer Bradshaw

"Fabulous concert last night. Felt very proud. That “Suscipe”made my hair stand on end!"
Di Wales

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Journey to Central Europe

Saturday 21 September 2013, 8:00 pm 
Town Hall at the Dunedin Centre
Presented by Southern Sinfonia

Vienna, Salzburg and Prague feature prominently in the early history of this performance. Mozart's Mass in C Minor - The Great Mass, composed in Vienna in 1782 but premièred in Salzburg in 1783, has been described as having "dark-toned and solemn, forthright and vigorous choruses, sumptuous solo arias, and ensembles of ornate, operatic radiance." With our four soloists (all trained in Dunedin) and Southern Youth Choir, we celebrate City Choir Dunedin's 150th anniversary year.

London-based Simon Over will also conduct Dvořák's Symphony No. 6. The work perfectly balances Czech folk sentiment and the classical symphony structure, and some consider it Dvořák's orchestral masterpiece.

Soloists: Anna Leese, Emma Fraser, Benjamin Madden and Joel Amosa

Tickets are now on sale!