… the sound produced by this ensemble was quite simply phenomenal: flawless intonation, superb uniformity, perfect tonal balance, astounding dynamic range and sleek voice-leading. An Ave verum of William Byrd convinced through its heavenly ethereal sound.Secure Voices not only in Animal Sounds

A phenomenal Nachtmusik in the Minster

By Guido Krawinkel

At the first of this year’s Nachtmusik concerts under the auspices of the Bonn Minster Summer (concert series), the Australian Chamber Choir under the direction of Douglas Lawrence appeared as guests. During the evening’s concert, the sound produced by this ensemble was quite simply phenomenal: flawless intonation, superb uniformity, perfect tonal balance, astounding dynamic range and sleek voice-leading.  An “Ave verum” of William Byrd convinced through its heavenly ethereal sound. Only the motet “Selig sind die Toten” of Heinrich Schütz, in spite of all its delicacy, did not convince.

As a souvenir from their homeland the choir brought along “I heard the owl call my name” by Philip Nunn, a work that demands everything of its singers, amongst other things, many different animal sounds. The choir mastered this brilliantly. The program was enriched by two organ improvisations by Minster Cantor, Markus Karas, who broke up the program by demonstrating the many possibilities available on the Klais organ through two stylistic improvisations that closely paralleled the choral works.

Review by Guido Krawinkel, General-Anzeiger, Bonn: Saturday/Sunday July 23/24 2011

Translation: Elizabeth Anderson

To read the full review in German, click on the following link: Bonn Rezension

 

 

 

Guido Krawinkel in General-Anzeiger, Bonn, July 23, 2011

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