Following on from the Sydney Opera House, we report on Nobuyuki Tsujii’s recital on the 22nd at the City Recital Hall, a concert hall in Sydney. Nobuyuki Tsujii was fascinated by his sophisticated technique and high artistic performance at the opera house, but his performance was still good even at solo recitals!
While Nobuyuki Tsujii’s performance is just as impressive, I would like to take a closer look at the city recital hall, which is a bit unfamiliar to Japanese people, in terms of its venue and seating.
City Recital Hall Location and Access
The City Recital Hall is a classical concert hall located in the heart of Sydney’s city, but not many people know it by the name of …. This time, I learned about it for the first time when I was looking at the recital information of Nobuyuki Tsujii.
It is located in the heart of Sydney, about 1.5 km south of the Opera House. The nearest station is Wynyard by train, but I think it is more convenient from Martin Place station of T4 because you can walk on the pedestrian road.
As you can see on the map, the building where the hall is located is in a narrow alley in the back of the main street, so it is difficult to find it when you visit for the first time. The hall entrance is designed so that you hardly feel that this is a concert hall.
Ticket office and lobby
As soon as you get inside, there is a ticket office where you can exchange tickets for actual tickets if you purchase them on the website of the Sydney Symphony, but as for the arrangement of tickets for City Recital Hall, please refer to the article on how to purchase and receive concert tickets for the Sydney Opera House as well as the Sydney Opera House.
There’s a small lobby up ahead. There are seats and a social hall on the upper floor, so I think this is a place where you can relax a little before the doors open, but it is still equipped with an authentic bar! A group of Westerners were already having a good conversation.
Also, there is a cloakroom in this lobby, so if you have big luggage, you can check it (No chips required).
If you go up the stairs from the first lobby, you will enter the foyer that leads to the seats. Even though it is 30 minutes before the show starts, there are already many people with wine glasses!
This floor is connected to the first floor seats of the hall, and probably because it is the main place for social gatherings, the bar specifications are authentic. After that, there was a line of Chouda during the break time, but the line was limited before the performance started.
Looking at the drinks menu, sparkling wine is $12 for a glass of “Villa Theresa Prosecco” from Italy or “Henri Le Blanc” from France. The bottles cost around 1,500 yen each, so they’re not big deal, but they’re a bit cheaper than the Sydney Opera House, including the red and white wines.
In addition, there are beer, soft drinks and sandwiches as a light meal.
Water is also free here. There is a plastic cup, so you can pour and drink freely.
Also, there was a bar on the upper floor, and there were Bar 2 and Bar 3 in the foyer on the second and third floors, respectively. However, for some reason, Bar 3 on the top floor is not open, and the number of people is relatively small, so it might be good to relax during the break.
The program is free
Like the Sydney Opera House, the program is free here! It was piled up in a corner of the foyer on the first floor. There is a staff before the show starts, and we distribute it one by one.
The specifications are exactly the same as those distributed at the Opera House. The paper quality is good and the material repels smooth water. Although it is a thin booklet of just under 30 pages, the music explanation is carefully written, and in this program, Beethoven’s “passion” is explained with an autograph record, etc., the contents do not seem to be free at all.
View of the first floor seats and arrangement of seats
Then, I will go into the audience seats. This was the first time a ticket check was done here.
The interior of the hall is a simple structure based on brightly colored wood and white walls. It is a color often seen in Japanese concert halls.
The seats are on the third floor. Compared to the Opera House, this hall is like a small hall, but it still has a capacity of 1238. In Japan, there is a big hall of a cultural hall.
The ceiling is also high! When I look at this height, I realize that this hall is different from other small halls.
The seats are arranged in two rows like a small hall in Japan. The reason why there are more than 1000 seats is probably because there are overwhelmingly many 2nd floor seats on the 3rd floor.
The seat width, seat pitch and comfort are perfect! This time, I sat closer to the center in the 10 rows from the front, and there was a good distance from the piano, so it was perfect to listen to the reverberation. You can barely see the movement of the player’s arm, but the position is staggered from the front and back seats, so you don’t have to worry about being hidden by the person in front of you.
take a look at the entire venue from the third floor
I went to the third floor on the top floor during the intermission! Like the Opera House, there is no ticket check at the audience entrance during the intermission.
Looking around, the number of seats on the first floor is about the same as that of a small hall. The size of the stage is small.
On the other hand, the seats are usually arranged on the 3rd floor, but there are more than 100 seats only in this area. I wonder how the reverberation sounds when I sit so high in “small hole”.
The balcony seats on the side don’t have an angle, so if the seats are full, you may have to step forward to see it.
The four ecstatic encores!
I’d like to talk about Tsujii Nobuyuki’s performance in detail in a later article, but it’s really amazing! The superlative technique and beautiful tone of the music were truly perfect.
- J.S. Bach/Italian Concerto BWV 971
- A. Mozart/Sonata in B flat major K 570
- V. Beethoven/Sonata in C sharp minor Op. 27 -2
- V. Beethoven/Sonata in F minor Op. 57
This program is full of classic works. Honestly speaking, I wanted to listen to tunes with flowing melody like Chopin, but the beauty of the 2 movements of “moonlight” that replace it is exceptional! This is the first time that the beauty of Beethoven, who has stepped into the romantic school, has permeated so much and I have listened to his performance.
There are 4 encore songs in total! Just before the 1st song was played, a voice requesting “Campanella ~” was heard from the audience, and the 2nd song played La Campanella in response. In spite of the fact that I used all my energy to play “moonlight” and “passion” of this pro, I can play Campanella at an amazing tempo!
As expected, the tempo was too fast at the end, so I felt that the sound didn’t follow, but there was no mistake in the sound at all! It’s a miracle. Just like the concertos at the Opera House, I clapped until my hands turned red!
Listening overseas “Nobuyuki Tsujii”
I think it was a very happy time to be able to listen to Mr. Tsujii’s viral music in a special place overseas. I always try not to trust rumors on the street, but I felt his high rating was more than real.
He is still in his twenties, so I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of pianist he will become. With that in mind, I would like to talk about Tsujii Nobuyuki’s performance in the next article.
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