Review: CYO’s triumphant finish to triumphant year

The difficulty which has faced the Canberra Youth Orchestra this year with their “Icons” series of concerts is that a good portion of the audience is familiar with the music. Playing some of the biggest, most imposing and well-known symphonies has meant there are plenty of expectations to live up to. Last night, in their final concert for the year, the Canberra Youth Orchestra did just that, rounding off a year of magnificent, sprightly, emotive performances. But before that final symphony for the year, two young soloists produced some remarkable music. Throughout Chaminade’s Flute Concertino in D major, Op. 107,  … Continue reading Review: CYO’s triumphant finish to triumphant year

Review: Magnificient, triumphant and loud – Mannheim and Canberra youth orchestras combined

Tchaikovsky’s 6th symphony, “Pathétique”, radiated from a stage crammed with musicians. Two orchestras were in the throes of the Russian composer’s passionate and romantic final symphony, which he premiered nine days before his untimely death. At times dark and at all times moving, Tchaikovsky’s 6th is a meditation on life and an embrace of the depths of possible feeling. That is what the Jugend Sinfonie Orchester Mannheim, in the final concert of their Australian tour, and the Canberra Youth Orchestra revealed. It was like being given the opportunity to listen to the symphony for the first time all over again. … Continue reading Review: Magnificient, triumphant and loud – Mannheim and Canberra youth orchestras combined