The musical journey then progressed to three of Dvořák's rousing love songs from his collection of rarely played Cypresses for String Quartet, followed by a return to the stage by Lior, who presented his own composition, My Grandfather, which was inspired by his grandfather's escape from Polish concentration camps.
Returning to the familiar, TSQ played a spine tingling version of Barber's heart rending Adagio from his String Quartet Opus 11. This piece has been played in the past to pay tribute upon the passing of some famous leaders, and I can understand why - it has a way of creating an immediate emotional response that makes it ideal for such circumstances. I thought I was being overly sentimental in my reaction to the music, but I noticed the woman sitting next to me also wipe away a tear or two.
The program concluded with a 'reimagined' version of Sim Shalom from Nigel Westlake and Lior's Compassion, a rich composition in which the Islamic and Judaic influences are clear. Written originally for voice and orchestra, this version arose following an approach by TSQ to Westlake. The soaring notes perfectly showcase Lior's musical agility.
The collaboration between TSQ and Lior was both inspired and inspiring, and I hope the opportunity again arises to hear them together.
2 & 3 May 2016, 7.30pm Utzon Room, Sydney Opera House
Bookings - 02 9250 7777 or sydneyoperahouse.com
Cost - Adults $60 · Concession $50 · Under 30 $30
4 May 2016, 7.30pm, Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre
Bookings - Ph. 03 9699 3333 or melbournerecital.com.au
Cost: Adults $50 · Concession $40 · Under 30 $30