Friday, September 05, 2008

Return to Zender*

Last night P&B and I went to the South Melbourne Town Hall to hear Steven Davislim sing the Hans Zender (version? arrangement?) realisation of Schubert's Winterreise. It's an amazing experience and Zender has produced an amazing interpretation of the song cycle, utilising an extraordinary range of instruments, from a conventional string group to accordion, melodicas and wind machines.

In the second half the whole thing gradually falls apart, though without actually losing sight of Schubert's original. I've had a recording of it for a few years and it was a real treat to hear the work performed so well. The musicians certainly seemed to enjoy themselves, as did most of the audience; I understand there were some departures at interval.

In other news, spring is definitely here - I've got a lovely arrangement of Freesias and tulips in my garden with more to come. And the Pittosporums are out all over Melbourne. Bliss!

* Sorry.


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