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A Wonderful Achievement

Nocturnes and Barcarolles (Part 4)

‘A true professional’

 

A Wonderful Achievement

Bunjong Chantara, Wat Kuang Sing School Director, shows some of his pupils the recorders and melodicas presented to the school by Santi Saengthong of the Santi Music School, right, and Jean-Pierre Kirkland, extreme right.

Jai-Pee
The charity concert given at the AUA auditorium on April 25 by students of the Santi Music School raised the magnificent sum of 10,000 baht. This sum included a generous and much appreciated donation of 5,000 baht from the Santi School of Music. The money has been used to purchase 86 recorders and 7 melodicas which have now been presented to Bunjong Chantara, the Director of the Wat Kuang Sing Primary School. The 192 pupils from grades 1 to 6 will benefit greatly from the generosity of all those who attended the concert and made financial contributions. The Director of the School was truly grateful for the gift and he, his staff and pupils wish to record their sincere thanks to all the people who so generously contributed to the purchase of the instruments and who have made live music-making a reality for this small school.

 

Nocturnes and Barcarolles (Part 4)

Jai Pee
The Saisuree Hall, sadly less than half full, was the setting on Saturday May 23 for the fourth recital of music by Faure and his contemporaries, with the effervescent Bennett Lerner taking the lead on piano. Ajaan Bennett played three barcarolles and two nocturnes, all written at the turn of the nineteenth century. These delightful pieces were presented with tenderness, understanding and, at times, sweet lyricism. Ajaan Bennett has a great love for Gabriel Fauré and it showed – he treated the more dramatic outbursts with sufficient vigour and emphasis so as to make a sharp contrast with the beautiful lyrical passages which radiated in the E flat opus 70 Barcarolle and the D flat opus 90 Nocturne. Ajaan Bennett allowed the wonderfully ecstatic melodic lines to shine through without losing touch with the drama, as the final bars of the E flat Opus 90 Barcarolle clearly illustrated.
The same cannot be said for baritone Saran Seub­santiwongse, who did not succeed in capturing the smoothness and elegance of many of the dramatically lyrical passages in the Brahms Four Serious Songs. But then, great interpreters of these very difficult songs such as Kathleen Ferrier and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau admitted to finding these complex songs quite thorny. Saran was in much better form for Cinque Melodies Populaires Grecques by Ravel, and his powerful and at times sensitive voice seemed to be more at ease with these pieces which require emphasis and force (as well as a sense of humour) which Saran put over well. There was a surprise highlight in the second half with some excellent flute playing by the exceptionally talented Suratachai Chenyavanij, who delighted the appreciative audience with two rarely performed Faure pieces. Suratachai, who has studied in Vienna amongst other places, and has his own flute studio in Bangkok, had precisely the right touch – lightness of sound, mellowness in the lyrical passages which he played with a melodic smoothness, and deep expression overall. He had the good fortune to be accompanied in one of his two pieces by harpist Ajaan Judith Utley, who also performed another rarely heard piece by Fauré on her own; her delicate fingering and sensitive touch enabled this Impromptu opus 86 to resonate through the hall gracefully. The next recital in this cycle of Nocturnes and Barcarolles will be on October 3.


‘A true professional’

Pictured is Song, ‘giving it her all,’ to become the outright winner of the regional IDOL talent contest held recently at American Pacific International School. The aptly-nicknamed Song is an amazing performer with a great voice, and is a high school level student at Lanna International School.



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