Concert Review: Symphonic ABBA
WASO presents its Symphonic ABBA concerts – featuring international Finnish vocal phenomenon, Rajaton. Picture: Supplied.

Symphonic ABBA – Rajaton with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra

September 8

Concert Hall

Someone obviously managed to find the biggest glitter ball in Perth, because it was hanging above the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at the Concert Hall on the weekend.

While WASO and disco are not words normally in the same sentence, on Saturday night they were joined by six-piece Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton for an evening of symphonic ABBA.

Really, the match couldn't have been more perfect. WASO brought to life some of pop's most enduring melodies with players who were so light on their feet they could have made pavlova. They mixed effortlessly with the three male and three female voices, which had an undeniable joy and sense of fun in their delivery.

While ABBA's songs were faithfully reproduced, there were enough quirks, arrangement shifts and Rajaton's own flavour, including the odd dose of good humour, to make you grin like a Cheshire.

Both halves of the program started with an instrumental ABBA medley, the first featuring favourites like I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, Waterloo and Super Trouper.

Once again the Contempo series put WASO's shining talents on show, teamed them with beautiful voices and gave us all the chance to disco our way home singing ABBA out the window.

The West Australian

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