25 September 2007

Magical, that flute

Greetings to our classical mates at the ANU School of Music. I just went to their performance of Mozart’s Magic Flute and enjoyed it immensely. The dynamics, full range and clarity of a live orchestra, even this little chamber orchestra, were stunning. The pure voices, the beautiful melodies, and the harmonies between singers and instruments were luscious and pleasing. And a few extreme notes (both high and low) and occasional ostentatious passages by various sopranos were great fun. The story and its underlying culture are pretty old-school for us, despite some Enlightenment references, but that’s par for the course. Also greetings to Kayla of various Jazz School ensembles who performed on trumpet. To our extended operatic family, much respect and thanks from your jazz cousins.

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