Huntington Estate and Musica Viva are determined to delight audiences once again at this year’s Festival, with a dazzling array of musicians and beautifully balanced repertoire; fine food and wine; friendship; sunny days and starry nights.
This year’s Festival celebrates the universal language of music, bringing together the finest artists from across Australia and around the world to share in a joyous week of performing (and eating and drinking!). It’s a time to set aside for unhurried appreciation of exhilarating performers and the composers who daily inspire them.
From the UK we welcome the Doric String Quartet, praised by the Financial Times (UK) for their ‘subtle lyricism and perfect matching of colour and phrasing’. Their inventive exuberance is compelling in live performance, as Carl Vine discovered attending their concert in London recently, and we’re delighted to host their major Australian debut. We also delighted to have secured the Australian debut of the dazzling, prize-winning young oboist from Spain, Ramon Ortega Quero.
This year offers an almost unprecedented opportunity to experience the magic of pianist Freddy Kempf in the intimacy of the Barrel Room. Usually found in the great concert halls of Europe and the USA, this London-born musical wizard’s performances will undoubtedly be a highlight of 2013. As BBC Music Magazine put it, ‘Wonderful delicate playing and a fine sense of style’.
Amongst these globe-trotting artists, we are thrilled that renowned tenor Andrew Goodwin can make a most welcome return to Mudgee, alongside his regular recital partner and fellow St Petersburg Conservatory graduate (and Young Concert Artists Trust alumnus), Daniel de Borah.
‘Magnificent…flawless control…crystal clear tone…’ CityNews on Andrew Goodwin
‘I was immediately impressed by his pianism, his musicianship and his ability to draw the listener into his musical world.’ Stephen Hough on Daniel de Borah
As always, Huntington counts itself lucky to be able to draw on a constellation of fine Australian string players. This year we welcome violinists Paul Wright, Elizabeth Sellars and Sophie Rowell, violist Sally Boud, cellist Rachel Johnston and bassist Andrew Meisel. It wouldn’t be Huntington without the talents of at least three of the Goldner Quartet: Dimity Hall, Irina Morozova and Julian Smiles.
The 2012 Festival revealed the talents of the young ANAM chamber orchestra; 2013 presents the Academy’s wonderful Director: leading clarinettist, ‘the excellent Paul Dean’ (Sunday Times UK). Pianist Ian Munro is always a popular figure at the Festival: ‘a flawless interpreter, his playing full of imaginative colour and supple elegance’ (The Australian). This year will also feature him as a composer, with the world premiere of his new Piano Trio, commissioned by longstanding Huntington attendees John and Jo Strutt. Further keyboard power is provided by one of Melbourne’s brightest rising stars, Hoang Pham, fresh from postgraduate studies in the US and making his Huntington debut.
We are delighted to announce Tim Buzbee will take the flag as Huntington’s first-ever tuba soloist, acclaimed by Fanfare magazine as ‘a fine musician who can make his tuba variously sing like a violin and bark like an angered dog... His sense of phrasing is as astonishing as his tone colouring’. His wife Jessica Buzbee is another new face at Huntington, an extraordinary prize-winning Nordic trombonist who has played all over the world. We can’t wait to hear their rich, low brass tone in the Barrel Room acoustic. And the Sydney Symphony’s Emma Sholl joins the festival line-up with her beautiful flute colours.
The performers will present a rich collection of repertoire in 2013. To highlight just a few from among the many:
- Freddy Kempf brings his evocative talents to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op 109.
- The Doric String Quartet will perform Schubert’s great String Quartet no 14 in D minor, “Death and the Maiden” and offer the rich Romanticism of a piano quintet by Korngold (‘Mahler’s true heir’); their recordings of this composer earned a Gramophone ‘Critic’s Choice’ and five stars from all leading European record magazines.
- Emma Sholl, Ramon Ortega Quero and Paul Dean will delight in a Beethoven’s Trio in C major, op 87.
- Andrew Goodwin will perform two idiomatic English vocal works, Warlock’s The Curlew and Gurney’s Ludlow and Teme.
- Ian Munro and Daniel de Borah will mesmerize with Stravinsky’s own piano four hands arrangement of his The Rite of Spring.
Please go to the Huntington Estate website www.huntingtonestate.com.au to view the full program and artists’ information.
Ticket prices include world-class chamber music concerts, gourmet canapés, lunches and dinners, exquisite and award-winning wines, soft drinks / teas & coffees.
The mid-week / 1st half option is currently still available, which consists of four concerts: Wed 20 Nov at 7.30pm, Thur 21 Nov at 11.30am and 7pm and Fri 22 Nov at 11.30am. The ticket price is $575 for the four concerts and inclusions.
Please call 1800 995-931 between 9am and 5pm any day to book tickets. Ticket prices are inclusive of GST.
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