Musica Viva Festival wins Limelight award
Is the 1st of February too late to reflect on the year gone by? Musica Viva was thrilled to finish 2011 by winning the “Best Event” category for the Musica Viva Festival in the Limelight Awards. In the January edition of Limelight magazine, the event was described thus:
“The effort involved in planning a music festival is best measured in years, not days. Three years, precisely, says Musica Viva’s Artistic Director Carl Vine. ‘Planning for the 2011 festival started the week after our inaugural festival in Sydney, October 2008. It was a major undertaking that needed quite literally every day from then until Easter 2011.’ The point of all this planning is to create those ‘unexpectedly jaw-dropping’ concerts. And there was certainly no shortage of them at the festival. ‘The full set of six Bartok String Quartets played by the Takacs Quartet – possibly the world’s greatest living exponents of that music – was incomparable. Shostakovich’s piano quintet was stunning in the hands of the Goldner Quartet and Khatia Buniatishvili, and the festival closed with an electrifying rendition of Schubert’s quintessential string quintet.’ To that list we would add George Crumb’s Vietnam War inspired Black Angels, a piece of incredibly intense visual and aural theatre, played by an amplified string quartet, including a barefoot Pekka Kuusisto. But there were simply too many highlights to list – the sure sign of a winning festival.”
We are indebted to the Australian Youth Orchestra and Sydney Conservatorium of Music for their support in putting on this remarkable event, and of course extend our deepest thanks to all the musicians who worked so hard in bringing us so many memorable performances. We’re already working hard on our next Festival in 2013, so stay tuned for details!