REVIEW / CONCERT
THE MOZARTEAN EXPERIENCE
Addo Chamber Orchestra
The Chamber, The Arts House
The Addo Chamber Orchestra continued its in style Mozartean Experience concert events with one other light-hearted romp, this time on the historic Chamber of Old Parliament House.
The venue was bathed in an eerie pale blue gentle and at one nook sat a bewigged lady in interval costume speaking and singing to herself.
Members of the orchestra walked in, utterly ignoring her, a lot to her consternation. Respect was what she deserved as she revealed herself to be the ghost of Anna Maria Mozart (1720 to 1778), devoted mom of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Except she was not an apparition, however the irrepressible Italian dramatist-soprano Sabrina Zuber.
This is how Addo Chamber Orchestra’s Mozartean concert events often start, with an academic angle dressed up in finery and frippery. It was a reduction that conductor Clarence Tan didn’t present up carrying a wig too as he had on earlier events. But there was a cheeky nod to the nation’s founding prime minister when he addressed a centrally seated gentleman as Kuan Yew.
Then the music started with seven feminine string gamers descending on Mozart’s Divertimento In D Major (Okay. 136). Even if the strings of this acquainted music sounded skinny, there was no denying the vitality of its outer actions. In between was a sublime gradual minuet, which got here throughout very gracefully.
Next was a rarity, the Double Bass Concerto In D Major by the almost-forgotten Italian Antonio Capuzzi (1755 to 1818), who was lively as a conductor and violin virtuoso in Vienna throughout Mozart’s time.
It could also be merciless to state that some works are justly uncared for, however as a result of this was written for the nice bass virtuoso Domenico Dragonetti, it deserved an occasional dusting.
Bassist Damien Kee did the honours, turning the unwieldy instrument right into a type of super-sized violin by being unexpectedly nimble. The melodies have been banal, which he stored principally in pitch, and there was an aria-like gradual motion to save lots of the day. The finale noticed him egged on by a pair of oboes which appeared to say: “Catch us if you can.”
There was a comic book second when Kee had problem adjusting his music stand, attributing that to sick spirits, to which Frau Mozart retorted: “This is poor manpower, my dear child.”
The last work was a symphony in B flat main by Mozart, however which Mozart? The work that was designated as Symphony No. 2 (Okay. 17) by Wolfgang Amadeus was truly written by Leopold, his father. This brief four-movement piece got here from the infancy of the symphonic style and, for all its pleasantries, was as generic as one might get.
There have been remnants of the baroque, influences of Haydn and the Italians, and easy tunes which the orchestra whipped off with relative ease and gusto. Anna Maria additionally tried her hand in conducting – with a fan – however that was mercifully brief because the concert wound to a humorous shut.