Calm – Trio for Flute, Violin and Harp by Michael Bakrnčev

Melbourne composer Michael Bakrnčev has just released a new single – a recording of his trio Calm for flute, violin and harp.

It’s a beautiful work and if you need calming then listen while watching the lovely video that goes with it.

If you want to add it to one of your playlists click below for links to Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and more. Or download from iTunes.

Go behind the scenes

Want to learn more about chamber music? Hear from performers? Understand how it all works? Explore a particular piece of music?

There are some great podcasts to listen to. Try the Musica Viva “Chamber of Musical Curiosities” or ANAM radio….

Brahms’ Horn Trio – the inside story

Brahms’ Horn Trio is a favourite chamber music work, full of nostalgia and melancholy, which seems most appropriate for these times.

ANAM Radio gives you an opportunity to hear a horn player’s views on preparing and performing this wonderful work, and you can watch and listen to the the performance as well.

Click on the button below to find out more on the ANAM website, or click on the images to the right to go straight to the podcast and the performance.

ANAM Radio Podcast

The Tune Up: Those who think classical music is a static art form vs Ben Opie

This is the first episode of MRC’s The Tune Up podcasts with hosts Maxim Boon and Megan Steller!

In this episode, Maxim and Megan chat with oboist, collaborator, artistic director and one half of Inventi Ensemble, Ben Opie. Plus, an audio experiment that explores the art and etiquette of opening a cough lolly wrapper in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall featuring usher and percussionist of Ossicle Duo, Hamish Upton.

Musica Viva “Chamber of Musical Curiosities” podcasts

Hosted by Artistic Director Paul Kildea, the Chamber of Musical Curiosities is a chamber music podcast exploring the world in and around Musica Viva Australia. When brainstorming names for this new audio venture, the image that came most vividly to Kildea’s mind was that of a Wunderkammer. Also known as ‘cabinets of curiosities’, these rooms emerged in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, filled with exotic objects: antlers, claws, stuffed birds, artworks plundered from many different lands, a skeleton playing the violin. It is also a pretty neat way of describing a chamber music concert – a chamber of marvels.

This season features an eclectic range of guests in conversation with Paul Kildea, as both parties reflect upon creativity, their careers, and their passion for chamber music. Australian academic and musicologist Malcolm Gillies, violinist Wilma Smith, writer and broadcaster Jane Caro, and actor and theatre director John Bell all feature. 

Flinders Quartet playing Beethoven Op 132

The Flinders Quartet were scheduled to perform Beethoven’s Op 131 in concerts at the Melbourne Recital Centre late this year. Sadly these were cancelled. The quartet have been working their way through the late Beethoven quartets, and you can watch and listen to their performance of Opus 132, filmed on 5 December 2020 at fortyfivedownstairs, Melbourne.

It’s a lovely performance of a great work. Hopefully we’ll get to hear Op 131 live in 2022.

ANAM Webinar: Ensemble Liaison

Want to get behind the scenes and learn more about what it’s like to player chamber music? Here’s a great webinar recording from three of Victoria’s best musicians.

Ensemble Liaison Timothy Young (ANAM Head of Piano), David Griffiths and Svetlana Bogosavljevic recently joined the ANAM cohort to share how their collaborations with different artists and genres helped expand their musicality. They also share excerpts of their favourite performances with artists that have since become their friends.

ANAM musicians: Thursdays at 3

Thursdays at 3

Anything goes at Thursday at 3! ANAM musicians and housemates Hamish Jamieson (cello, QLD), Ariel Postmus (viola, WA) and Felix Pascoe (violin, VIC) showcase their diverse musical chops in this jazzy performance from the comfort of their lounge room! 

Melbourne Musicians: Bach on Soprano sax!

And now for something completely different… Bach as you’ve never heard it before. Justin Kenealy does an amazing job playing the Bach Violin Concerto, no 2 on soprano saxophone.

If you watch closely you’ll see him doing circular breathing occasionally – the only way a wind-player can manage a piece written for strings. Especially Bach!

Justin is now part of Duo Eclettico – one of the groups you’ll find listed in the Who’s Who – Ensembles.

Sara Macliver and Jennifer Yu

Due to the continuing lockdown here in Melbourne, The Romantic European Salon concert with Sara Macliver on Thursday 23 September will no longer go ahead. Ticket buyers will be contacted directly by ANAM in the coming days about refund/credit options.

Although there is no real substitute for live performance, ANAM are sharing a video from Sara’s performance with pianist Jennifer Yu (QLD) of songs by Mozart from her 2019 concert at ANAM.

Aftermath

ANAM alumna Katie Yap (viola, 2014) performs music composed by fellow ANAM alumni, Emily Sheppard (violin, 2013).

Emily (aka Emily Cloud) wrote Aftermath as a response to time spent at Sarah Anne Rocks in Tasmania’s NW coast, after the Tarkine had been gutted by bushfires.

Written by Emily Sheppard and performed by Katie Yap.

Musica Viva “Strike a Chord” Grand Final Showreel

Want to see the future of chamber music in Australia?

This “showreel” includes snippets of the performances of all 12 finalists, culminating in those of the prizewinners.

Be truly amazed by the proficiency and musicality of these young ensembles. And by the variety of both the types of ensembles and the works chosen.

Melbourne Chamber Players: Sabin, Holst & Rimsky-Korsakov

In 2019 Melbourne Chamber Players had the pleasure of recording this concert at the Melbourne Recital Centre. If you’re looking to add a little light into your day, this performance features a wonderful selection of music to sooth the soul; the world premiere of a very playful and imaginative quintet for clarinet and strings by Australian composer Nigel Sabin, a stunning quartet by Imogen Holst and the melodious Quintet in B-flat by Rimsky-Korsakov.

Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro” for wind band

A surprising and delightful way to experience one of the most sublime operas of all time, this concert features Mozart’s immortal music from The Marriage of Figaro transformed into a beguiling work for wind ensemble. ANAM’s former Artistic Director Nick Deutsch will lead this performance and the music will be enhanced by the narration of actor Bethany Simons, whose vivid stage presence will ensure you always know which of Figaro’s many adventures the music is illustrating.

Just the best lockdown cheer-up.