Yass Music Club had the pleasure to welcome again the Grigoryan Brothers, Slava and Leonard Grigoryan, for their fourth concert of the 2019 season.
The weather was gloomy and cold outside on Sunday August 11, but the Yass Soldiers Memorial Hall was comfortably warm and the hall was full!
The artists started their program with Fantasy on a theme by William Lawes, written by Slava and Leonard. It was the perfect piece to open the recital.
Their playing was fluid and compelling as always, and the work itself turned out to be an ideal introduction to the delicious elements of classical and contemporary works.
All of their music depends on Eduard Grigoryan’s increasingly imaginative arrangements for two guitars from works originally written for different instruments, including vocals.
that of Tchaikovsky Nothing but a lonely heart was the next track they played and the audience was totally charmed by the beautiful melody.
Their ability to swap parts so seamlessly, to maintain a coherent cantabile line where needed while orchestrating the most touching dynamic and timbral accompaniments was most impressive and their bond was in their blood as well as in the music.
A part they have not yet recorded comes from a Suite in four movements by George Frideric Handel and it is their intention to include much more of Handel’s wonderful music.
A Suite in three movements by American guitarist Ralph Towner with his My stupid heart association, was the delightful piece that drew the first half to a pleasing conclusion.
The Yass hospital attendant served very tasty afternoon tea and the CD, which the Grigoryans had given away, was won by Katrina.
The second half started with This time, written by Leonard and like in a play, it mixed many themes and atmospheres in a kind of dialogue between the artists alternating the scenes as they gently melted into each other.
that of Anton Dvorak Song my mother taught me was the next, in the set of four, and was lovingly built by artists to revel in its familiar tranquility.
The next piece was by Brazilian composer Radames Gnattali in Retratos (Portraits), consisting of four musical tributes to other Brazilians: Pixinguinha (Choro); Ernesto Nazarath (Valsa); Aniceto de Medeiros (Schottisch) and Chiquinha Gonzaga (Corta Jaca), with beautifully expressive rhythms and colors.
Music from the soundtrack of the film A boy called a sailboat provided their next offering and was again a Latin inspired piece about a boy who found a tiny little guitar. He focuses on his innocent outlook on life with lots of sparkling light and shadow.
The concert ended with a magical interpretation of Arioso and Slava and Leonard received a well-deserved standing ovation from a very grateful audience.
Attention was drawn to another concert, Where Song Began, which the Music Club is supporting in the Yass Soldiers’ Memorial Hall on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m.
Our last concert of the year will be Saturday October 12 at 7:45 p.m. and will feature The Idea of ââNorth in a very welcome return. General admission is $ 50 and the next day we will be offering a Gold Coin Concert for our RAG Holmes Fellows at St Clements Church at 2pm. It is certainly a great opportunity for the Music Club to give them a show.
Crisp Galleries will host a Yass Music Club benefit concert in November and feature an outstanding jazz artist and delicious afternoon tea. More details in due course.
Our program for 2020 has been finalized and is as follows: pianist Clemens Leske on Saturday February 22 at 7.45pm; The Canberra Back Ensemble on Saturday March 28 at 7:45 p.m. The Sarah Maclaine Jazz Trio on Sunday June 21 at 2:00 p.m. Ay Pachanga on Sunday August 16 at 2:00 p.m. and The Acacia Quartet on Saturday October 24 at 7:45 p.m.