This post refers to our review of the concert of 26 July promoted by Music Futures, featuring young Wellington musicians, some of whom were involved with the current Chamber Music contest staged annually by Chamber Music New Zealand, and supported by the New Zealand Community Trust.
(The National Finale was held on Sunday 2 August, and was won by the Wellington piano trio which had played in the concert of...
magazine (London) of the New Zealand School of Music
’s production of Il Corsaro
in July, I wrote not only that was it the New Zealand premiere but surmised that it was probably the Australian premiere too.
Browsing for something else I have come across a listing of earlier performances of Il Corsaro
in Australia, by the small Melbourne City Opera
– in November... read more
In the review I sent to
Tell us about listening to Arvo Pärt in the middle of a wintry Wellington day!
Arvo Pärt's music was, I think a wonderful choice of repertoire with which to finish one's work with a choir. Pärt is a composer who's contributed of late to a quiet revolution that's taken place within the confines of contemporary classical music, turning his back on much of the avant-garde modes of expression in favor... read more
At several points during the festival the question what was the essence of chamber music arose through the pieces played. Given thaat the essential ingredient of chamber music is music with one player to a part, the rearranging of music from orchestral to chamber music, and vice-versa, raises interesting questions; and there's the related question, the effect of arrangements for other instruments or for more or fewer instruments that...