What was your Musica Viva Festival highlight?
After years of planning and much hard work it’s hard to believe that the 2011 Musica Viva Festival is over. Our musicians are now on their way home or preparing for their next project. The banners have come down at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and their staff are returning to their usual business. And here at Musica Viva, many staff are in need of a good lie-down after an intense but rewarding four days of chamber music and related events.
So what was your festival highlight? Khatia Buniatishvili stole many hearts with her captivating looks and individual interpretations. Pekka Kuusisto challenged some and delighted others with his unique approach to works ranging from Beethoven to George Crumb and Finnish tango. The Takacs Quartet enthralled us with their insightful and lively Bartok cycle, earning a standing ovation and four curtain calls! The Eggner Trio continued to bring quality and joy to the stage in a range of configurations and colourful shirts. The Goldner String Quartet reinforced their position as Australia’s pre-eminent chamber ensemble, combining with a range of artists for some mesmerizing performances, including the world premiere of Graeme Koehne’s clarintet quintet Time is a River with clarinettist Philip Arkinstall. And of course many other musicians assembled at The Con to deliver outstanding performances.
The AYO Chamber Players program is an essential part of the Musica Viva Festival. Not only did these young musicians value the opportunity to be mentored by some of the world’s leading artists, audiences also appreciated the chance to witness young stars in the making performing familiar favourites with freshness and vitality.
Did you miss the Festival, or would you linger in the memories a little longer? Make sure you check out ABC Musica Viva, the ABC Classic FM’s digital channel devoted entirely to the Musica Viva Festival. Go to the Festival website for more information on the digital channel and a whole range of additional Festival photos, audio and videos, like this one with Andras Fejer from the Takacs Quartet.