Tafelmusik departs Australia

Tafelmusik today find themselves in Wellington, New Zealand, preparing for their concert for the New Zealand International Arts Festival. The feedback from the tour is still pouring in.

Australian Stage writes:
“Well-known instrumental works by A. Vivaldi, C. Monteverdi, J. P. Rameau, H. Purcell, G. F. Handel and J. S. Bach are contrasted with few beautiful unknown gems such as the Adagio movement from J. D. Zelenka’s sonata in F major, ZWV 181/1. The musicians are slightly choreographed; they make use of the entire performance space and play from memory.

“Narrator, Shaun Smyth, has a strong presence and diction which gave the performance a theatrical flair…

“This auditory feast was enhanced by lighting and a set juxtaposing two circles: one on the stage in which the musicians moved, and a round screen above the stage projecting two-dimensional static landscapes, stars and planets. The combination of professional Baroque playing, narrative and visual aspects was balanced enough for the audience to be intrigued and to respond very positively.”

Audience response has included comments like “highly polished… played with panache and joy,” “I can’t recall being so engrossed in a concert,” and “I felt enormously privileged to be there.”

Thank you once again, Tafelmusik!


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