BEETHOVEN PIANO CONCERTO NO. four ★★★★
Melbourne Digital Live performance Corridor, July 30
Fostering creativity out of chaos, Melbourne Digital Live performance Corridor has grow to be a significant a part of the town’s musical panorama within the final 4 months, not least as a result of it has earned musicians over $500,000 throughout the pandemic. It has additionally offered a method to succeed in in any other case uncared for audiences, after the cancellation of regional touring by teams just like the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra.
As a part of its winter residency at MDCH, this polished program by six MCO members performed to the group’s classical-era strengths. Mozart’s Divertimento in D, Okay. 136 bustled with a chic vitality and lightness of contact that highlighted all of the precocious touches of its 16-year-old composer. Adapting this string quartet prototype to barely bigger forces didn’t diminish its youthful attraction. Chief William Hennessy invested the central Andante with a candy, interesting tone, whereas the outer actions benefitted from a collectively targeted agility.
Creatively addressing present limitations, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. four, Op. 58 got here in an association for piano and strings. Any limitations on this decreased orchestration have been compensated by vibrant enjoying. Soloist Stefan Cassomenos was extremely attentive to the work’s pointed contrasts, providing a passionate and well-shaped studying that emphasised poetry over mere brilliance. Climaxes have been topped with applicable grandeur, however the sense of human wrestle on the centre of the sluggish motion was additionally keenly communicated. The ebullient finale offered a welcome sense of optimism.
Despite the fact that delivered by masked musicians, this live performance couldn’t conceal the advantages of countering chaos with creativity.