Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

SMP Ensemble plays Contag for “The Crowd”

This film dates from 1928 and is in the timeless tradition of Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. It was written and directed by King Vidor, and the score was commissioned by Creative NZ from young Wellington composer Johannes Contag. The 12-piece SMP Ensemble comprised a handful of strings, flute, clarinets (including bass), bassoon, percussion and piano, a selection which gave Contag a varied colour palette to work with, and... read more

Polished and admirable performances of trios for flute, cello and piano

By , 11/08/2013
A relatively unusual ensemble usually calls up music that is similarly off the beaten track, and this was no exception. The best known name was Haydn, though the piece would probably have been known almost only to flutists and those who happened to have a 2003 CD on the Concordance label by three Wellington musicians, Penelope Evison (6-keyed flute), Euan Murdoch (classical cello) and Douglas Mews (fortepiano). They recorded all... read more

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