Gold was the sound resonating from great master J S Bach’s Sonata BWV 1034, brilliantly arranged by David Griiffiths for clarinet and continuo, hosted by the Peninsula Music Society at the Peninsula Community Theatre on Saturday, March 18.
Timothy Young (piano) and Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello) superbly partnered David’s clarinet, in a distinguished Ensemble Liaison recital. Rich justice was done to Bach’s composition, with mellow but vibrant and lively melody, and perfect timing paced with sweetness. There followed Emil Hartman’s Serenade Op 24, moving with perfection into a warm passion. The trio then held their audience spellbound with astounding and world class virtuosity in delivering Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Timothy’s piano bringing special captivation.
Svetlana and David then carried the show with rhythmic ease into the Argentinian nostalgia of Astor Piazzolla’s tango: Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, arranged by David for clarinet, cello and piano followed. Culminating the recital was Bizet’s Fantasy on themes from Carmen, again gripping an audience enthralled. In all, a wonderful evening, its outset with the opening of the concert season generously mellowed by a tasting of excellent Bittern Estate wines. Next concert Firebird Trio and Friends, Saturday May 13, bookings www.pmsmusic.asn.au
BY CATHERINE GODONY