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Benaud Trio: A Celebration

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by Aloo (subscribe)
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Published August 9th 2013
Bohemia Meets Bohemian Rhapsody
Music, Bohemian rhapsody, Classical, Piano, Violin, Cello, Orchestra
Benaud Trio with Nicholas Buc (musical arrangement)

Most musicians are proud to describe their music as influenced by other musicians. But cricketers?

Yes, that's right, the Benaud Trio are named after none other than Richie Benaud, the commentator and former Australian cricketer. These guys love cricket

They also love their music. You can see it in their expressions while playing and feel it in the music itself. It's classical music but not as you know it.

Pianist Amir Farid, violinist Lachlan Bramble, and cellist Ewen Bramble have established themselves as notable performers who put their own spin on classics. They infuse their own style, incorporating what is traditionally reserved for jazz and pop.

They are highly acclaimed. The group perform around Australia, including regional areas and have been musicians in residence at Melbourne's 3MBS for two years. They're winners of the Piano Trio Prize at the 2005 Australian Chamber Music Competition and completed a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts in July 2006.

I went along to the celebration of the recording of their latest release, Bohemian Rhapsody as arranged by Nicholas Buc and supported by The Melba Foundation. It was recorded in 2012 at the South Melbourne Town Hall and this performance was in the same venue. The hall is beautiful, not only a heritage listed building of architectural, historical and social significance but one which offers superb acoustics. As one of the trio mentioned, the sound which is recorded in this space cannot be produced in a studio. Guest of Honour was the Victorian of the Year – Jeanne Pratt AC who introduced the trio.

What an engaging performance, played with passion. Stairway to Heaven was also performed. An arrangement for which they have become renowned.

You can purchase this latest recording which includes masterpieces by great Bohemians, Smetana and Dvořák, and then capped off with a spirited homage to Freddie Mercury's "Bohemian Rhapsody" from Melba Recording. Read more about the group on their Facebook page or website.

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