"Worth its weight in gold": Natalie Clein dazzles in Australian tour

1 March 2019

The reviews are in for Natalie Clein’s 11-concert tour of Australia with Musica Viva alongside Katya Apekisheva, where the duo have delighted audiences with varied programmes including works from Natalie's newest recording by Rebecca Clarke and Vaughan Williams, and a world premiere of composer Natalie Williams’s new work The Dreaming Land.

“Clein's dazzlingly virtuosic passagework enlivened Bloch's Suite No. 1 for solo cello while the duo's richly coloured timbre created a soulful account of From Jewish Life.” Murray Black, The Australian

“A near-flawless evening of 24-carat music-making... The world premiere of Natalie Williams' The Dreaming Land was an effortlessly elegant reimagining of the sonata form as a delicately hued musical landscape...The evening's spectacular highlight: Rachmaninoff's ferociously demanding Sonata in G Minor. From the first bar it was an astounding, boundless performance, worth its weight in gold.” Maxim Boon, SMH.com.au ****1/2

“Clein has a compelling, earthy sound, with a smouldering edge to it, which perfectly suited this program, deeply rooted in folk music. Combined with Apekisheva’s precise, gleaming piano, this was a concert of rich textures, finely spun melodies and a refined, understated beauty.” Angus McPherson, Limelight Magazine ****

“[Clein and Apekisheva] projected the structure of Clarke's Sonata (1919, and originally for viola) with clarity and spirit in the first movement, quicksilver virtuosity in the second and reflective cogency in the third. The concert's finest playing came in the deeply idiomatic expressiveness of Bloch's From Jewish Life which, with the same composer's Suite No. 1 for Solo Cello, framed Clarke's piece.” Peter McCallum, Sydney Morning Herald

Natalie Clein’s tour takes her to Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Hobart and Canberra, amongst other major cities, until the 16th March 2019 - more information can be found at the Musica Viva website. A recital tour of the USA follows in late March.

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