Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Emma Sayers – piano recital of connections, dedications and premieres

By , 22/06/2016

Emma Sayers began her recital with the Mozart Variations, then spoke briefly to us by way of welcome, outlining how the remainder of the program had come about. She had been approached by composer Anthony Ritchie to perform a set of pieces written in memory of his parents, the whole (Three Pieces for J.A.R) named for his father, John Ritchie, with one of the set (Aria for Anita)... read more

Another appearance by cellist Rustem Khamidullin with Sarah Watkins, at Paekakariki

By , 19/06/2016
I had gone to my third encounter with Rustem Khamidullin, not to write about it but just to enjoy without a pen in my hand, to hear him in another context. And of course, the pleasure of being able to get there by train, being able to look at the heavy seas and Kapiti Island from high on the cliffs north from Pukerua Bay rather than seeing little while... read more

Popular Russian orchestral show-piece, unfamiliar cello concerto and colourful, Hungarian, folk-based music

The programme attracted a nearly full Michael Fowler Centre on Friday.  I had the previous day heard Eva Radich interview Johannes Moser on the Upbeat programme, on RNZ Concert.  What a lovely man he sounded!  His cello sounded lovely too, as we discovered in Friday’s concert.  How good it was that he played a different concerto!  While always loving to hear the Dvořák concerto, it was a great pleasure... read more

An organic awakening at a Friday lunchtime at St Paul’s Cathedral

By , 17/06/2016
This was the fifth recital in the series of lunchtime recitals that are designed to cover Buxtehude’s works for the organ. Compared with the Bach family, remarkably little is known positively about Buxtehude, including the place and date of birth, though the best evidence is between 1637 and 1639 in Helsingborg (now in Sweden), a city a short distance to the north of Malmö on the Öresund, opposite Copenhagen... read more

Another hearing from wonderful cellist Khamidullin, at St Andrew’s

Obviously many of the people in the large audience at St. Andrew’s – perhaps most – had heard this brilliant young cellist play with Orchestra Wellington last Saturday night (I did not), and were delighted at the chance to hear him playing solo. This amazing young man has just turned 27, but has the accomplishment of a much more experienced performer.  His was a demanding programme carried off with great... read more

Triumphant concert from Orchestra Wellington and Orpheus Choir: Beethoven and Haydn

By , 11/06/2016
First of all. What’s happening to Wellington’s orchestra? In the last five or six years the orchestra, now known as Orchestra Wellington, has built a quite extraordinary record of successful concerts with pretty full houses, which seem to have gained their popularity through attractive prices; and imaginative thematic programmes, usually the entire series adhering to a common theme of some kind; plus the choice of soloists, whose concertos have often... read more

Beautifully balanced programme of perfectly judged music for lunchtime

By , 08/06/2016
Most of the lunchtime concerts at St Andrew’s offer interesting music, either familiar or unusual, played by fine musicians. Students are worth hearing as they almost always exceed one’s expectations for the enterprise of their programmes and professionals delight with their artistry and maturity. This one had the enterprise of the best student recitals, in performances by very polished professional players, in the mix of moderately familiar and totally unfamiliar... read more

Wonderful Lieder recital ends Schubertiade at St Andrew’s, with powerful case for more

By , 05/06/2016
I got to four of the five concerts in this splendid little Schubert Festival which I like to refer to as a Schubertiade. I know of no other such social/musical circle that formed spontaneously around a living composer; the sure sign that not only did plenty of people in the Vienna of the 1820s recognize Schubert’s enormous gifts, but they actually loved the guy. The most famous contemporary version of... read more

Schubert’s Chamber Music Swan-Song at St.Andrew’s

By , 05/06/2016
It's almost inconceivable that a "Schubertiade" of the kind organized here at St.Andrew's-on-the-Terrace would not include the composer's last and greatest chamber music work. This, of course, is the String Quintet in C Major D.958, which was completed just two months before Schubert's death, a work he never heard performed. In fact it had to wait until 1850 for its first public performance, and another three years before it... read more

Schubertiade Hohenems/Wellington at St Andrew’s: piano and song

By , 04/06/2016
The weather assorted poorly with Schubert’s anguished, obsessional Sonata in A minor. It had been sunny and calm, though cold; but the music was penetrated with sudden squally gales and dark clouds, broken by only brief shafts of light and fleeting moments of repose. Diedre Irons understood, as her programme note made clear, how the tragic illness revealed in 1823 must have affected his music. Though she responded to... read more

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