This Christmas the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra will present a Celtic inspired concert for their annual Noël! Noël! event with the Brandenburg Choir at venues both in Sydney and Melbourne. Guest soloist will be the young countertenor Maximilian (Max) Riebl, making his major solo debut, topping of a fine year of wonderful programs and outstanding artistry.
2014 will be the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s 25th Anniversary, celebrating the glories of music of renowned excellence under the artistic direction and baton of their talented leader harpsichordist Paul Dyer AO.
Dyer, a man who loves rituals, pours his heart and ‘soul’ into sourcing and staging the ‘most beautiful, joyous and uplifting music’ for their Christmas concert each year and this one will be exceptional.
He chooses music from the Renaissance period in European history right through to recent times, and then sets about putting ‘the Brandenburg stamp on it’.
The orchestra, with choir and guest artist Max Riebl, will present their Christmas performance in the Melbourne Recital Centre, the City Recital Hall in Angel Place, Sydney and in selected churches in the suburbs of Sydney – Cremorne, Paddington, Newtown and Parramatta, as well as on the south coast at Wollongong between 7th and 17th December.
Max Riebl is a ‘remarkable young singer from the ranks of the Brandenburg Choir, who has emerged as a solo performer well and truly in his own right. He is according to Dyer, ‘ready to take centre stage’.
Considered ‘a star on the rise’, Riebl was born in Melbourne with music in his genes, inherited through his family and then shaped and formed during a childhood living of all places in the city that loves and embraces musical excellence – Vienna.
Returning to Australia to attend Melbourne Grammar School and to be part of their Chapel Choir in Year 12, Paul Dyer heard him sing and invited him to join the Brandenburg Choir.
Currently singing in the Belvoir St production of Hamlet (alongside actors Robin Nevin and Toby Schmitz), Dyer believes Max’s moment in time to shine has arrived.
Reibl’s voice is pure, with great clarity and another to add to the growing superb voices of countertenor ‘angels’, as their opportunities and fortunes internationally soar. Such luminaries as Australian born Swedish based David Hansen and the formidable French talent, Philippe Jarrousky are certainly leading the way and providing fine role models for Max.
“Each Noël! Noël! has a unique flavour and in 2013 I’ve found most of my inspiration in Celtic music,” says Paul Dyer, “from stunningly beautiful hymns of the 16th century, a Welsh lullaby, Irish melodies and Scottish Ayres, and concluding with an epic song by Secret Garden – Raise Your Voices from their album Earthsongs.
Award-winning Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden mostly play instrumental music, often described as being ‘neoclassical’. This is because its composition is based on the same mathematical principles of harmony. They make their own compelling captivating sounds entirely suitable to the festive season.
No one knows who wrote the stunningly beautiful Wexford Carol, a traditional religious Irish Christmas song originating from county Wexford in Ireland during the 12th century. However it does serve to remind us all of what the Christmas season is originally all about,
‘Good people all this Christmas time’…there was a blessed Messiah born.
Noël, Noël, the angels did say…
Carolyn McDowall, The Culture Concept Circle, 2013-11-20
MAXIMILIAN RIEBL countertenor, guest soloist
PAUL DYER artistic director / harpsichord
Wesley (arr. Chance) Hereford (O Thou who Camest from Above)
Gibbons Hosanna to the Son of David
Farrant Lord for they tender mercy’s sake
Traditional When She Came Ben She Bobbed
Traditional Gilliam Callum
Anonymous The Wexford Carol
Matteis Ground after the Scotch Humour
Arlen/Harburg (arr. Dyer/Chance) Over the Rainbow
Traditional Welsh (arr. Thomas) Suo Gân
Traditional Irish. (arr. Leonard) Is Fada Liom Uaim Í
Anonymous/Holst (arr. Chance) My Dancing Day
Javits/Springer (arr. Thomas) Santa Baby
Berlin (arr. Rathbone) White Christmas
Gruber/Mohr Stille Nacht (Silent Night)
Wade (arr. Willcocks) O Come All Ye Faithful
Loveland/Graham Raise Your Voices
MELBOURNE CONCERTS x 2
Sat 7 Dec MELBOURNE Melbourne Recital Centre 5pm & 7pm
Bookings: Melbourne Recital Centre Box Office
SYDNEY CITY CONCERTS x 2
Sat 14 Dec SYDNEY City Recital Hall, Angel Place 5pm & 7pm
Wed 18 Dec SYDNEY City Recital Hall, Angel Place 7pm
Bookings: City Recital Hall Box Office
SYDNEY CONCERTS x 5 + 1 WOLLONGONG CHURCH CONCERTS
Mon 9 Dec PARRAMATTA St Patrick’s Cathedral 7.30pm
Tue 10 Dec CREMORNE St Peter’s Anglican Church 7.00pm
Wed 11 Dec WOLLONGONG St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral 7.00pm
Fri 13 Dec NEWTOWN St Stephen’s Anglican Church 7.00pm
Mon 16 Dec PADDINGTON St Francis of Assisi 7.00pm
Tue 17 Dec PADDINGTON St Francis of Assisi 7.00pm
Bookings: Brandenburg Box Office