Concertmaster Andrew Haveron was energetic and passionate from the get-go and the smaller-than-usual ensemble responded and matched his liveliness, which added to the quality of the performance.
The most enjoyable aspect of the concert was listening to the mellow tone of the clarinet and French horn instruments, whose complexity of sound is difficult to capture in digital recordings.
Listening to their smooth performance was both soothing and inspiring for my own clarinet playing.
The Sinfonia concertante is a less mainstream piece, possibly due to the slightly unclear history that surrounds it. However, Mozart's composition combines many of his well-known themes and finds a balance between vibrancy and tranquillity throughout the three movements. The soft graceful sections were relaxing and soothing to listen to, while the vibrant virtuosic passages were engaging and unpredictable. It was a great prelude for the more well-known Symphony No.29. I thought it was a good artistic direction to shine light on one of Mozart's less established pieces before performing one of his more renowned pieces in the same concert.
Listening to the vibrant opening motif ring around the Recital Hall brought a smile to my face as I allowed my brain to forget everything on my mind and just sit back and enjoy the music. This symphony was particularity enjoyable to listen to live as Mozart composed it during a time of his life where his music was transitioning from ‘festival noise’ to proper concert pieces and has been dubbed ‘a masterpiece from start to finish’. All these intricacies and details were on show at the live performance and is a major factor in why I enjoy listening to live classical music concerts.
Overall the concert was a thoroughly enjoyable experience! Listening to recordings of the pieces ahead of the performance increased my appreciation for live classical music concerts. I’ll be sure to return to a Sydney Symphony Orchestra concert for what looks to be an exciting remainder of the 2019 season.