The bright spring sunshine on 14 September didn’t deter a full house for our Beethoven recital in the Mortlock Library. The beautiful surrounds and mellow acoustic lent themselves perfectly to a lovely afternoon of chamber music.
The music was preceded by an introduction from FASO President Liz Bowen, who welcomed the audience and performers, and outlined some of the ways in which the Friends have supported the Orchestra over the past year. This was followed by some words of greeting and support from ASO CEO Vincent Ciccarello, and then we settled into our seats for an afternoon of fine music.
Janet Anderson’s quartet, with Emma Perkins, Linda Garrett and Gemma Phillips, performed the String Quartet op 18 no 3. This lyrical composition was Beethoven’s first foray into the genre of string quartets, and a delightful start to the concert.
Minas and Erna Berberyan then joined Imants Larsens and Cameron Waters in Quartet no 11 in F Minor, op 95, Serioso. This quartet from Beethoven’s late middle period was at times intense, at others lyrical, and finished with a bright, joyful ending that left people relaxed and smiling for the interval refreshments of riesling, orange juice, sachertorte and german apple cake in the light, airy gallery with the Ernabella Rugs underfoot.
For the second half, Natsuko Yoshimoto led Imants Larsens, Dean Newcomb, Mark Gaydon, Ewen Bramble, Harley Gray and Anna Axelsson in the Septet op 20 in E♭major. This work, dedicated to the Empress Maria Theresa and first performed in 1800, featured innovative scoring of the wind instruments in the form of a serenade, and the violin cadenza in the sixth and final movement was a perfect showcase for our talented Concertmaster.
Many people worked together to make this a wonderful afternoon of music. Our thanks go to the ASO staff who helped with the set-up, and particularly to Annika for staying to help with the refreshments and pack-up; to the wonderful musicians who gave so generously of their time and talents; and to the members of the FASO Management Committee who made all the practical things happen.
And, of course, thanks to our members for supporting this sell-out concert. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon as much as we did!