Windsong Series

The intimacy of the Windsong Pavilion provides the perfect opportunity to hear brilliant interpretation of great masterworks in a program of music that will transport the audience and inspire any musician in the room.

Windsong Series 1

Simon Tedeschi (piano) Andrew Haveron (violin)

Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff Viennese composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler

A program inspired by a rare recording of Violin Sonatas made by the great Russian composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, and the Viennese composer and violinist Fritz Kreisler. These two musical icons recorded the works of Beethoven, Grieg and Schubert that you will hear today in 1928 in the USA – the recording is still available for sale and on YouTube!

As far as personalities go, Rachmaninoff and Kreisler could not have been more contrasting in their styles. Rachmaninoff, a cool and collected perfectionist was in stark contrast to Kreisler who was one of the most flamboyant musicians of his day. Yet this unlikely duo struck a friendship and a mutual respect performing and making arrangements of each others compositions. You will hear some of that flamboyance in the performance of Kreisler’s own composition Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta which concludes today’s performance.

It’s wonderful to think that 90 years later, here in Barragga Bay two of the finest musicians working in Australia performed in a new duo to revisit and celebrate Rachmaninoff and Kreisler’s collaboration, performing works by some of the world’s greatest composers from the 19th and 20th Centuries.

Windsong Series 2

Joyce Yang (piano)

Joyce Yang: irrepressible, unmissable brilliance

Joyce Yang who is one of the leading pianists in the newest generation of virtuosi, is embarking on her first full national tour of Australia from her home in the US. The tour, made possible by Musica Viva, included a performance in the Four Winds Windsong Pavilion, Barragga Bay, Saturday 7 July.

‘An astonishing virtuoso with tremendous suggestive power.’ – Neue Zürcher Zeitung (New Zürich Newspaper)

The Four Winds audience constantly tell us what special experiences the Windsong Series concerts are:
I feel enlightened, inspired and relaxed. I admire the dedication of the musicians to work to such a high standard.



Windsong Series 3

Jane Gower (bassoon), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord), Genevieve Lacey (recorder)

Louis-Rolland Trinquesse – The Music Party
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The sound of the 18th Century came to Bermagui

Four Winds is welcomed former Festival Artistic Director and recorder virtuoso Genevieve Lacey to the Windsong Pavilion.

Genevieve joined by celebrated Australian baroque bassoonist Jane Gower and Lars Ulrik Mortensen from Denmark on harpsichord – who are both among the finest players in the world of baroque music. It’s difficult to convey what an extraordinary performance this promises to be. All three musicians are internationally sought after and celebrated in their own right; they have played together as a trio since 2006.

Genevieve Lacey said “when you find kindred musical spirits, you do all you can to create opportunities to play together”. Genevieve describes this trio as a “treasured collaboration” in which the musicians have a shared intuition and trust each other implicitly, which makes risk taking simple and joyful. The result according to Genevieve is a “spontaneous, natural and fluid performance, which is always fresh”.

The music being performed is from eighteenth-century Europe and will showcase the variety in musical language and tone colour of music from different European countries at the time: France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, England. The composers themselves were all accomplished, practising musicians and this performance will evoke the composers and great musicians who performed these works in the eighteenth-century. Jane will be playing a baroque bassoon, which unlike its modern counterpart has very few keys. Genevieve will be playing recorders which are replicas of historic instruments whilst Lars Ulrik will perform on a fine harpsichord, which has generously been donated to Four Winds and will be making its debut at this performance.

This program, made up of eight concise, masterful works gave the audience the rare chance to experience the sound of the eighteenth-century played on historical instruments by fabulous musicians in the intimate, warm setting of the Windsong Pavilion.

Interview Genevieve Lacey Bega District News: Baroque virtuosos combine talents for concert at Four Winds