Launched today, the Centre’s third season of the Live from Melbourne Recital Centre digital program brings some of Australian most beloved artists into the homes of music-lovers locally and nationally.
Streaming free performances from the Primrose Potter Salon and Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, the latest season includes:
• Trio Avium celebrates nature’s great orchestra through bird-inspired music from the 14th century to today. Bringing to live Australian and European birds through the Trio’s lush combination of Baroque violin, viola da gamba and recorders and elevated by field recordings of the Australian bushland, this performance will have viewers nestled among the treetops.
• *Stephen McIntyre*’s performance in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall was a culmination of a lifelong love of Italian music for keyboard. Spanning two centuries, McIntyre’s repertoire featured Scarlatti, Liszt and Busoni, reaffirming his place as one of Australia’s most eminent pianists.
• In a journey to the musical South Indian world of Carnatic music, legendary trombone player Adrian Sherriff was joined by The Iyer Brothers’ Ragavan Sarma on mrdangam. This synthesized performance combining these two highly expressive musical voices, is mesmerising to watch.
‘Sherriff’s bass trombone was capable of great delicacy, yet he could also unleash torrents of sound while hurtling across registers, and insert into the flow difficult multiphonic passages before diving to subterranean pedal tones.’ Jazz Australia
• In a follow up to her celebrated debut album Archie, *Harriet Allcroft*’s performance featured a suite of new music, backed by her incomporable band. Traversing themes of love, the mundane minutiae of life, and figuring out one’s place in the world.
‘Harriett Allcroft chases after each syllable, delivering the lyrics with a kind of bitter-sweet detachment that goes beyond sentimentality.’ Australian Jazz
• 2021 recipient of the Merlyn Myer Commission, composer and pianist Nat Bartsch was joined by and Inventi Ensemble for the premiere performance of her suite The Glasshouse.
The Sydney Morning Herald’s Tony Way said of the performance “Permeated by an irrepressible optimism, this audio-visual bridge between two women and two artforms and two eras is a gentle yet engaging contribution to the Australian music of our time.”
• The meditative and ancient beauty of Sixteen Alleluias performed by bassist and composer* Nick Tsiavos* and multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons can be traced back to Byzantine hymnography, having as equally profound impact on audiences today as they did then.
All Live from Melbourne Recital Centre performances are free to stream via melbournerecital.com.au/watch.