Highpoint of the Summer Concert Series

 – Australian Chamber Choir in the Ludgeri

On Monday the Australian Chamber Choir were guest performers at the Ludgeri Church and inspired a large audience with the finest choral music. The 20 young singers from Melbourne, currently on a 20-concert tour of Europe had packed a varied program from Renaissance to Gospel. This young ensemble, in a purely a-capella program was powerfully convincing under their director, Douglas Lawrence, with enormous dynamic contrast and power, voice-leading always balanced and a flawless intonation – no mean feat!

To begin with we heard the Missa Papae Marcelli from the Italian Renaissance master, Palestrina: very simple and fervently delivered with a translucent polyphony. The rollicking motet for double choir by Johann Christoph Bach “Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf” was lively and exciting.

Then followed “Three Poems” after the novel “The Glass Bead Game” by Hermann Hesse from the 22-year old composer Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer, who himself sang with the choir and introduced the work. This piece demanded of the choir a heightened harmonic awareness – a very profound and impressive work!

After three spirited pieces from the Romantic Herbert Howells the last work of the program was the Bach motet “Singet dem Herren ein neues Lied” for double choir. The ensemble persuaded with their perfect pronunciation of the German text, their effortless singing of the difficult coloratura and their consistently zesty interpretation.

The audience applauded enthusiastically and were rewarded with a Gospel encore that compared with the rest of the program in its difficulty and perfection.

“We’d love to come back some time”, “such a beautiful church and such a good audience” was heard after the concert – One can only hope to see them and hear them in Norden again soon …

Ostfriesischer Kurier, July 19, 2007

Ostfriesischer Kurier July 2007, July 19, 2007

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