Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Messiah from Kapiti Chamber Choir

By , 29/11/2009

It looked as if this would be the first year, in living memory, that none of our choirs had scheduled a Messiah, when news came of a performance by the Kapiti Chamber Choir, one of Peter Godfrey’s former choirs. Conducted by Guy Jansen, it was likely to be as fine a performance as any... read more

Guitar’s Song and Dance – the old and new worlds of Gunter Herbig

By , 29/11/2009
During the nineteenth century Franz Liszt was the greatest exponent of the transcription - he used the piano to help popularise orchestral and vocal music whose performance would have otherwise been confined to places and venues where there were orchestras and musicians able to present the music as written. Another instrument whose range and flexibility made it an admirable vehicle for transcriptions of all kind of music was the... read more

Lunchtime at St Andrew’s: Mozart Trio, Strauss Violin Sonata

By , 25/11/2009

These three players have been tantalizing us with Strauss’s youthful, highly coloured violin sonata, with performances of just the first two movements (at Paekakariki) and of the Improvisation movement alone (at the Friends of the NZSO concert a week earlier); I'd heard both. Here at last we heard the whole thing, though it was not without its... read more

Musica Sacra: These Distracted Times

By , 22/11/2009

I found myself unusually intrigued by the last concert of Musica Sacra’s 2009 series, dwelling on the music of the Civil War period in England in the mid-17th century; for interest in English music has tended to wane with the death of the composers who were active in Elizabeth’s and James I’s reigns, such as Orlando Gibbons... read more

“Cultural Property” – The New Zealand String Quartet at Te Papa

By , 22/11/2009
This programme of string quartets by New Zealand composers is being recorded by Atoll Records, the enterprise serving as a well-deserved tribute to not only the composers but also the New Zealand String Quartet for their advocacy of home-grown music over the years. And although a number of these works have been recorded before by the same ensemble, it's a splendid idea to bring together the group's updated "take"... read more

Odes to Joy – Wellington Orchestra with Michael Houstoun

By , 22/11/2009
You'd be hard put to devise a more celebratory conclusion to a season of orchestral concerts than this one, with both Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and Respighi's sonic blockbuster "The Pines of Rome" in the programme. Of course, Michael Houstoun's performance of the Beethoven was the last in his presentation of the complete series of the piano concerti, giving the occasion a kind of "double-whammy" effect, and at the concert's... read more

An American Journey with Cantoris

By , 21/11/2009
Cantoris concluded a rich and satisfying musical year working with current musical director Rachel Hyde by giving us a programme entitled "American Journey". All but one of the works on the programme were composed during the twentieth century, the exception being Charles Ives's setting of Tennyson's "Crossing the bar" (1891). If one was looking for some kind of unifying spirit with which to tie the constituent parts of the... read more

Jared Holt sings Dichterliebe at St Andrew’s

By , 18/11/2009

Jared Holt won the Mobil Song Quest in 2000, proceeded to the Royal College of Music in London and through the mid 2000s sang roles at Covent Garden, Glyndebourne and Opera Australia. In September/October he sang Papageno in Southern Opera’s The Magic Flute

NZSO players entertain their friends

By , 15/11/2009

The Friends of the NZSO exists partly to give themselves musical entertainment and background, and partly to raise money for the orchestra.  To help promote those aims around twenty NZSO players plus guest pianists and mezzo soprano Annabel Cheetham took part in a highly entertaining potpourri of mainly chamber music before a full Ilott Theatre... read more

Diverse Soundscapes – Segerstam and Kringelborn with the NZSO

By , 13/11/2009
It was hard to know what to make of this programme as an assemblage of music - I thought of it as a concert of two diverse halves, the first an exploration of cool, bracing sounds and ambiences from both the planet's hemispheres, and the second an exposition of one of the greatest of all romantic symphonies. I would have preferred to have heard Leif Segerstam conduct more Scandinavian... read more

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