The Marwood’s Serenade tour commenced last Friday at City Recital Hall, and will tour to Adelaide, Sydney, Wollongong, Brisbane, Newcastle, and back to Sydney, over the next fortnight.Murray Black (The Australian) went along to the opening night, and had the following to say. On the performance of Enescu’s (arr. for string orchestra) Octet, Op.7:
‘This imaginative arrangement matched the constant ebb and flow of the work’s strongly contrasting emotional temperatures. Climactic sections were thrillingly realised through eruptive surges of tutti power — sometimes gradual, sometimes sudden. By contrast, softer, cantabile-like passages regularly featured intensely expressive solos from the ACO’s octet of front-desk players.’
On Stravinsky’s (arr. Ledger) Divertimento for violin and string orchestra:
‘Australian composer James Ledger wove an inventive string orchestral web around the existing violin part, which Marwood performed with virtuosic brilliance and sweet-toned charm.’
On Dvorák’s Serenade for Strings, Op.22:
‘Dvorák’s Serenade for strings was the only work presented in its original guise. Maintaining a smoothly contoured, well-integrated ensemble sound, the performers delivered a genial, warmly affectionate account capturing the work’s beguiling elegance and innate melodic beauty.’
Read the full article on The Australian‘s website (paywall)
Anthony Marwood joins the ACO’s for a season finale to remember. Stravinsky’s Divertimento, Dvorák’s uplifting Serenade and late-Romantic composer Enescu’s gutsy Octet arranged for string orchestra.
Hear this acclaimed British violinist at venues across Australia from 14–30 November. Book now.