Words like ‘magical’, and ‘enchanting’, are best used sparingly – tastefully brought to the table for ‘tales as old as time’ on occasions such as these.
The worldwide family-bonding institution that is Walt Disney's dynasty has a new interpretation – in the fresh arrangements of fiercely talented, stylistically diverse pianist and composer, Van-Anh Nguyen.
These blissful tunes are showcased by Van-Anh on piano and Conrad Hamill on cello, at Fever's 'Candlelight' concert series this week at The Lussh, in Wooloongabba.
The stage is in the centre of the hall, audiences seated the whole way around, the room and stage lit only with (safely battery-powered, but convincing) candles.
There's a vague humming and Van-Anh invites us to sing along, but no one's truly bold enough to disturb this glorious atmosphere forged and gilded by the Yamaha grand piano and Conrad's cello.
Van-Anh's mesmerising performance and sensitive arrangements aptly capture the magic of Disney (and the few tunes that are/were alternatively franchised, such as a personal favourite of mine from ‘Anastasia’).
Quips and quotes and anecdotes from both performers about their connections to the pieces, remind us of the human element to these animated realms.
These familiar tunes, thus not entirely a ‘Whole New World’, carve out a beautiful fantasy to spend a few moments resting in the presence of.
What an awakening, to dream of painting with all the ‘Colours Of The Wind’.
The 'Best Of Magical Movie Soundtracks' tour visits Melbourne, Western Australia and Sydney through to July.