Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

NZSM Orchestra cover themsleves with glory in Debussy and Mahler

It was a pity that a larger audience was not present to hear this brilliant and satisfying concert.  Aside from quite a number of guest players, especially for the Mahler symphony, the orchestra was made up of students (plus a few staff) of the New Zealand School of Music.  The use of the Town Hall was sponsored by the Wellington City Council, i.e. it was free – a splendid... read more

Enchanting double bass recital with a little cello too, at Lower Hutt

By , 22/08/2012
The double bass is among the orchestral instruments that has struggled to find a respected place in the solo sphere; a bit like the bassoon, its role is sometimes regarded as that of musical comedian. Yet it’s had at least one famous practitioner, both a virtuoso and a composer (also a conductor who premiered Verdi’s Aida in Cairo), Giovanni Bottesini. Alexander Gunchenko is one of the contingent of musicians from Ukraine... read more

Douglas Mews and Broadwood give Haydn his dues

It was intriguing to hear such a different piano; this instrument sounded like a cross between a harpsichord and a modern piano.  The three works performed were composed during the early 1790s, when Haydn made two lengthy visits to London.  The programme note described the pianos Haydn would have encountered in London as ‘fundamentally different [in] character to the Viennese pianos he was familiar with.’  It has a rather... read more

Panorama Theme by Themocracy