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  David Robertson

(Notes from a concert conducted by David Robertson in Sydney in March 2015)

The SSO Chief Conductor David Robertson not only conducted the orchestra at the Sydney Symphony Gala concert (Berg, Bruckner, Beethoven), he gave the pre-concert talk. It was fascinating and very dense.

Robertson spoke of the links between the pieces by Berg, Bruckner and Beethoven in a way that related it our experiences today. When he said that Beethoven wrote his Ode to Joy (Ninth Symphony) at a time when people's rights were being suppressed and life was anything but joyful it made me wonder whether some musical genius out there is translating our current travails into joyful music.

The concert was a stunner. Soprano Miriam Gordon-Stewart sang a heart rending and passionate Maria in Act III of Berg's Wozzeck and Simon O'Neill's tenor voice soared above the orchestra and massed choir in Beethoven's 9th. That is quite a feat in a hall with such underwhelming acoustics as the Sydney Opera House.

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15 x 21 cm)

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