Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Great start to NZSO’s Beethoven festival with the first three symphonies

By , 12/06/2014
Here is the third in Pietari Inkinen’s great symphonic cycles, following Sibelius and Brahms. This time, of course, the greatest such creations in the whole history of symphonic music. It was interesting to hear Inkinen’s conversation with Eva Radich on RNZ Concert in which, as far as I know, not having caught all of it, neither remarked that simply to tackle this music is to make a statement about the world-class... read more

Tawa’s orchestra tackles substantial programme under lively young conductor

By , 08/06/2014
There are several community, amateur orchestras around Greater Wellington; their major role is probably to enable local musicians to get orchestral experience; not to lay any claim to offering dazzling musical revelations. Most of the audience no doubt comprised friends and family members. Many of those have a genuine interest in music of the classical kind, and no matter the level of accomplishment, it is always interesting, sometimes pleasantly surprising... read more

Requiems and delights à la Francaise – Duruflé and Fauré

By , 07/06/2014
Big and ungainly though it can seem, the Wellington Cathedral of St.Paul is a remarkable music-making space for the “right” kind of repertoire. It’s repeating something of a truism to suggest that most of this would be church or sacred music, though Wellingtonians were fortunate enough to experience, two weekends previously, a performance of Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony featuring an impressively-augmented Orchestra Wellington conducted by Marc Taddei. It was music... read more

Aspects of nature, life and love, from the NZSM Orchestra

By , 04/06/2014
It was the sort of programme I would have travelled miles and miles, over hill and dale, thru fog and storm, and braving accident and ambush to see and hear - with distance lending enchantment, as is often the case. But even without the distance, the enchantment remained - this was music by turns exciting and evocative, so very typical of each composer's work, even the relatively early Overture... read more

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