"A varied and highly enjoyable program!"
"The main work of the evening was Tim Hansen's The Sharpest Piece, a set of five songs lasting about 20 minutes, for which Hansen also wrote the words. While the individual songs are separate, they serve to unfold a single story, ... with an unhinged protagonist, ... a Viennese wife whose husband is dominating and repressive, and who suffers from a condition whereby she believes she is made of glass and could shatter at any moment."
"[Mezzo-soprano Jo] Burton was entirely in her element with this work, both vocally and dramatically. Again the vocal range was wide, and [composer Timothy] Hansen made effective use of her very strong, un-operatic chest register. In fact, having heard Burton's performance, I simply can't imagine any other artist doing his music and text such justice. The rest of the ensemble matched her in power, expression and colour. I would describe this song cycle as a genuinely important work (it certainly received a huge ovation), and Hourglass should be delighted with the result of their commission. A fitting conclusion to a varied and highly enjoyable programme."
quoted review by Phillip Scott
2MBS live radio broadcast
This Saturday 22 October at 2pm the Hourglass Ensemble will be playing live on frequency 102.5FM a degustation of highlights from The Silence of Thousands program, coming to Sydney and Melbourne concert halls in November.
For this tour, Hourglass comprises flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and has guest artist Jenny Duck-Chong of Halcyon and the Song Company for the world premiere works by Tesch-Muller and Kennedy.
Sonata for Flute and Piano, third movement
Trio for Clarinet Cello and Piano, third movement
Voices of a Northern Year, fourth movement "Autumn Song"
The Silence of Thousands, first movement "Departure"
Parents' Wedding Blessing for mezzo-soprano clarinet and piano
Telephone Book, third movement "The White Pages"