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The NZCT Chamber Music Contest results

By , 06/08/2017
Though Middle C did not manage to get to the final stages of this year's concert in Wellington, we have copied the results from the website of Chamber Music New Zealand listing of the finalists and award winners

OVERALL WINNERS

Druz'ya Quartet (Wellington) - Shostakovich | String Quartet No. 8, op. 110, mvts 1, 2 and 3 KBB MUSIC NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS Buda and the Pests (Canterbury) - Bartók | Sonata for Two... read more

Enthusiastic reception of nicely varied programme from Takács Quartet

My initial reaction at the concert was a longing for the Town Hall to be restored to use; chamber music does not sound nearly so well in the cavernous Michael Fowler Centre unless one is near the front, which I was not; it simply does not provide the resonance, and makes ‘chamber music’ a misnomer. The concert began with vintage Haydn – musically, and chronologically, being written around 1797, (he... read more

Digestible lunchtime concerts: whole and parts of lovely music from Aroha String Quartet

By , 02/08/2017
This week, from 1 to 6 August, the Aroha String Quartet International Music Academy, supported by Trinity College in London, is being held at St Andrew’s. This concert was a sampler employing just five of the tutors at the Academy. The others, not involved with today's concert, are Ursula Evans – second violin in the Quartet; Donald Armstrong – violin and string ensemble director, Ken Ichinose – cello), Robin... read more

Adventurous, revelatory concert by Troubadour String Quartet in Lower Hutt

By , 24/07/2017
At the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson this year, the Troubadour Quartet gave two free concerts, one giving the same Britten quartet that they played here, the second, Schubert’s A minor quartet (Rosamunde). I was there for a few days and really regret not hearing them. Haydn For it took only a few bars of the Haydn quartet (one of his very last) to show me that these were players... read more

Refined, period sensibilities from Kuijken Quartet in Haydn and Mozart

By , 15/07/2017
The Kuijken Quartet is very much a family affair: second violin Sara is Sigiswald’s daughter and violist Marleen Thiers, his wife. They have devoted themselves to playing music in the ‘historically informed’ manner. While that has tended to refer mainly to music of the earlier, Baroque era, it applies also to the Galant and Classical periods, and in theory to all later periods, up to yesterday, if you insist It... read more

Excellent Kiwa String Quartet (NZSO players) in programme of quartet masterpieces and a couple of fun pieces

By , 09/07/2017
We have reached the mid-point in Wellington Chamber Music’s seven-concert 2017 series of Sunday afternoon concerts. A string quartet of players from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, with an intelligently balanced programme that might well have attracted a much bigger audience. It opened with the last of the set of six quartets, Beethoven’s Opus 18 No 6. It begins with a movement marked Allegro con brio, and so the players approached... read more

Steel and McCabe, flute and piano in delightful recital at St Andrew’s

By , 05/07/2017
A fortnight ago at St Andrew’s we heard Rebecca Steel as a member of a quintet of flutes from the RNZAF Band in a splendidly diverting programme of music (mostly) arranged for five flutes. So I had hesitated about coming to hear more flute music in a particularly busy week for me. But squeezing it in proved an excellent decision. Rebecca was back this time with her piano partner, Fiona... read more

Flutes of the RNZAF Band demonstrate their flair and versatility at St Andrew’s lunchtime concert

By , 28/06/2017
A concert by flute students from the New Zealand School of Music had been scheduled for this lunchtime and the change had come to my attention only a couple of days before the date. There were several aspects that, even in advance, suggested a very interesting recital. One, a chance to hear just a few of the players from the RNZAF Band which is based in Wellington, but which seems... read more

Excellent and interesting mix of Mozart quintet and Respighi song

The sun had well and truly set before I made my way to Karori through cold southerly rain and wind for a charity concert in the series organised by Christiaan van der Zee and others.  The regular Friday evening concerts in winter have usually been in St. Ninian’s Church; the change of venue brought a quite different acoustic.  This church has a vaulted timber ceiling and plastered walls, producing... read more

Archi d’Amore Zealanda with delightful programme of New Zealand compositions, plus Bach

The ensemble brought a thoroughly delightful programme to an appreciative audience.  What was unusual was that apart from the solo Bach work, the music played was contemporary, whereas one would expect that the viola d’amore would be playing music from a much earlier times.  The programme notes included this comment ‘...the instrument has been enjoying a renaissance since the mid-twentieth century, with new works being composed and old works... read more

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