Over the past seven years, the UKARIA-based Chamber Landscapes series has grown to become an integral musical part of the Adelaide Festival.
This year’s series, titled Poème, is under the artistic directorship of the fine Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen, who brings together a superb group of musicians ranging including local hero pianist Konstantin Shamray, the Australian String Quartet, some of Australia’s finest orchestral and chamber musicians and a few international names of note.
This first recital is divided into halves, with each introduced by important works for flute featuring the excellent Alison Mitchell.
Following on from Debussy’s groundbreaking L’Apres midi d’un faun (1892), we return to the perfumed, intoxicating ancient imaginings of Syrinx (1912), a work for solo flute which seemingly steps out from time as we know it. Originally written as incidental music for a play, Syrinx has become associated with flautists such as Marcel Moyse, Jean-Pierre Rampal and, more recently, Emmanuel Pahud. Here, and in the similarly inspired Cantos de Linos, by the later French impressionist Andre Jolivet, Mitchell (accompanied by Jumppanen) proves herself a master of her instrument.
From impressionism we move on to...