Chiang Mai Ensemble: Lobe, Leibe, L’Amour
Mai Ensemble performed at the AUA Auditorium on Saturday, November 23, 2013
to a full house and a delighted audience.
By Shana Kongmun
The Chiang Mai Ensemble is one of those groups that while they do not play
together often, their busy lives keeping them occupied, when they do they
mesmerize. Previous performances at the AUA Auditorium featured a classical
guitarist but this time they had newcomer Viwantanee Punprapai on the
violin. The other members of the Ensemble are Remi Namtep on the piano,
Xavier Vichitporn on the flute, Vitsaruth Tawinno on the cello and
counter-tenor Ong-ard Kanchaisak.
The theme of the performances was love, or as Jan said, “In the words of
Ong-ard, this show is for those who are in love, those who have been in love
and those who hate love!”
Many of the songs were wonderfully sweet and romantic, or melancholy or
passionate, sometimes all three in one. Ong-ard’s performance of Paride ed
Elena by Christoph Willibald Gluck was incredibly lovely as was Remi,
Xavier, Viwantanee and Vitsaruth’s performance of Nocturne, op. 19 by Franz
Doppler. The Ensemble is unique in that not every performance includes every
member, but every performance is excellent.
The evening ranged from Beethoven to Bellini, Vivaldi to Haydn. The songs
ranged in span the 1500’s to the 1900’s showing a great variety in styles
and classical music. The musicians are clearly devoted to their craft with
each piece played with passion, precision and a joy in the music that is
The evening closed out with an arrangement of Franz List’s Liebesträume; No.
3 done by Patiparn Jaikampan which allowed for every member to perform in a
piece normally arranged for the voice and piano. This was a stunning and
beautiful performance of a beloved song of many lovers and even non-lovers.
The audience was thrilled and everyone is looking forward to their next
performance scheduled for March 22, 2014, also at AUA.