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Osbert Parsley
02-09-2011, 10:37 AM
Two extracts from Il Diamante are to be peformed by the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra on 28 and 29 October and 2, 4 and 5 November 2011.



Honey B
05-09-2011, 10:32 AM
The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will also be performing the Kyrie from Missa Sancti Josephi ZWV 14 on 9, 11, 16, 18, 19 May 2012.


26-10-2011, 11:46 PM
Hi Osbert,

leading up to this weeks concerts with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra which I am sure you will attend! can you be on the lookout for a recording, perhaps by ABC? It's a major moment, with the Il Diamante selection and the great Minasi being the guest director that man is a genius. Hear what he did with the famous Montanari Giga from the Pisendel collection: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbu2IUychak

Pisendel's copy can be seen here:

It is simply awesome to know that Zelenka's aria for Venere will performed. It's truly one of the most beautiful arias he wrote.

Osbert Parsley
31-10-2011, 05:24 AM
I can confirm that the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra's concert went ahead on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October - to be repeated again on Wednesday and next Friday and Saturday.

The overture to Il Diamante and Venus's aria were both performed. Unfortunately, the soprano, Siobhan Stagg, was somewhat disappointing, having neither the voice nor the artistic skill or expressiveness to avoid the aria seeming rather too long. The orchestral playing was fabulous, however.

Also perfomed in the concert were Vivaldi's La Notte flute concerto and Il Favorito violin concerto (the latter being Minasi's only solo), a cello concerto in Italian baroque style by Frederico Maria Sardelli (Baroque flautist and conductor of Modo Antiquo) and a Fasch Ouverture Grande (a bombastic piece with little grace and, apparently, no slow movements - unless they were cut in a rather ill-judged moment by the ensemble).

I could have done with a lot more solo Minasi - he is extraordinarily good.

No news yet about an ABC radion broadcast yet, but it did look like the Friday night concert was being recorded.