I knew from the very first notes that I was going to enjoy this chamber recital in the grand backdrop of The Albert Hall in Canberra. Even though it was built in the 1920s, its architecture recalls many of the European traditions of the 19th century, especially with its magnificent arched windows, giving a lovely view of the equally lovely warm, summer day outside.

The configuration for the recital was perfectly matched to the occasion, too, with the players on the main floor to the side, in front of the windows, and the capacity audience (suitably spaced) in a horseshoe around them. The Albert Hall’s acoustic is not the most brilliant in the world, but this layout allowed the sound to develop and carry very nicely.

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