For the Australian Chamber Choir, … an acknowledgement of a creative force that transcends faith and soars … with a devotion and assurance that is inspirational and affirming.

The Australian Chamber Choir’s tribute performance to the music of Saint Mark’s Basilica is more than just an acknowledgement of the works of Gabrieli, Schütz and Monteverdi.

The vaulting sound of a soprano solo cutting through the atmosphere created by the … instruments of the day and the accompanying choir is testament to architecture, scholarship, creativity and the divine.

St Mark’s saw the foundation of antiphonal choral works. The ensemble … (including) such instruments as the hybrid cornetto made from wood but covered in leather, transports you, reverberating with an aura of the day.

The research by conductor, Douglas Lawrence, is evident in both the selection of pieces and their performance.

The response of the choir, and they do joy in their work, is a testament to their dedication; the balance, intonation and diction being precise and clear.

For the performers of the Renaissance, this was as close as they could come to divinity on earth.

For the Australian Chamber Choir, it is an acknowledgement of a creative force that transcends faith and soars, as it did in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, with a devotion and assurance that is inspirational and affirming.

One should also mention the choir’s 2018 season; Mozart, Palestrina and the Baroque. The balance and craft of Venice programme moving as it did between orchestral, madrigal, choral and solo items testifies to a professional awareness of what an audience will enjoy and delight in.

By David McLean

Melbourne Observer, November 23, 2017

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