Striking the right notes

Striking the right notes

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talented Pianist Rebacca Thomas and Rahul Bharadwaj.

Thanks to the never-ending developmental work, people had to park their cars almost a kilometer away and walk to the venue. But none were heard complaining.

The concert featured Rahul Bharadwaj, a baritone who was accompanied by pianist Rebacca Thomas.

Rahul, born and raised in Bangalore was trained in opera and western classical performance at Michigan in the US. He opened the evening with ‘Arise, ye subterranean winds’ from ‘The Tempest’.

The song composed by Henry Purcell was steeped in different moods and Rahul did well to bring out all those emotions during the performance. He connected with the audience through his expression and voice modulation. He was clear in the rendition of every piece.

The second piece was a popular one from Messiah titled, ‘For behold the people that walked in the darkness’. This is performed largely during Christmas time but was chosen for its popularity. Next he sung ‘Ici Bas’ by Gabriel Faure.

The song that was later set to a poem was strophic. The accompanist Rebacca Thomas did well to bring out the mood of the song.   The programme had a mix of English and French songs. There were only four English songs. The brief introduction before each song helped the audience understand the piece better. Talking about his choice of songs, Rahul said he very consciously chose popular numbers for Bangalore. “I’ve always sung a mix of opera and western classical. This performance is no different with a mix of French melody and classical tones,” said Rahul.

He pointed out that the audience in the City have been very receptive to his music thus far. “I always stick to the quality of music and its tonality. I don’t pick anything too obscure,” he added.

  The performer and the accompanist seemed to have enjoyed performing Charles Francois Gounod’s ‘Faust’ the best.  “The music is captivating and steeped in energy. It’s a piece I really enjoyed playing and something that I have never tried before,” said Rebacca. Talking about the choice of songs she said, “It’s more of education for Bangaloreans. We’re so used to hearing Broadway Music. It’s not always that you hear opera and baroque music,” she added.

Those in the audience confessed they thoroughly enjoyed the performance of Rahul for his rather clear rendition and Rebacca for her excellent accompaniment, “We don’t really hear opera here in the City so in that sense it was a delight to watch Rahul perform. He has an amazing voice and did a good job with modulation,” said Neetha Raghuram, a music lover.

Rina D’silva too was appreciative of the duo’s performance, “I loved the vibe the performer shared with the accompanist, who also did well to keep pace with the performer,” she said.

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