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Stunning clarinet playing and a “Great” symphony courtesy of the WCO

By , 03/07/2016

Mozart's Overture to his opera/pantomime “The Magic Flute” began the Wellington Chamber Orchestra's latest Sunday concert at St.Andrews in grand and ceremonial fashion, though it wasn't long before the music slyly stepped out of its ritualistic garb and started to dance. Conductor Vince Hardaker kept the players up-to-speed throughout the introduction with a flowing tempo that moved easily into the allegro. Though there was obviously a “warming up”... read more

Full house for Edo de Waart and the NZSO in magnificent Eroica and an epic Double Concerto by Brahms

In a review of the NZSO just over a year ago, I said “You can’t beat Beethoven on a good day – and this was a very good day”. That was one hundred percent true of this concert, with new Music Director Edo de Waart. I thought it was brilliant planning to get an audience in to hear a programme that was at least in part familiar. They would... read more

Committed and successful concert of Russian classics from Wellington Chamber Orchestra

By , 10/04/2016
I was prevented from getting to the first half of this concert, which, with the tough though splendid Prokofiev concerto with Helene Pohl, would obviously have been the highlight. But Borodin is no stroll through the birch forest either. The Prokofiev concerto had an interesting provenance, as the composer later recounted: "The number of places in which I wrote the concerto shows the kind of nomadic concert-tour life I led then. The... read more

Rites of Spring – from the sublime to “cor blimey” in all respects

  Spring was celebrated before a nearly full Michael Fowler Centre on Friday.  Though the very popular Vaughan Williams work and the famous Stravinsky ballet score were composed within a short space of time of each other, their musical languages were vastly different, yet they both in their own ways celebrated spring, one in the English countryside, the other in a primitive Russian past.  Thus the programme was rather a... read more

Providence delivers the goods, courtesy of Houstoun, fireworks and Orchestra Wellington

By , 07/11/2015

What with the Arohanui Strings delighting us at the concert's beginning, and the city's annual Guy Fawkes' firework display illuminating the interval in a most spectacular way, this was an event which had plenty of what economists like to call "added value" - but it's all part of what we've come to expect from an Orchestra Wellington occasion! In other words there's nothing routine about what happens, even... read more

An experience to be savoured – Kari Kriikku with the NZSO

By , 30/10/2015

The concert certainly lived up to its title - this was no genteel, well-manicured, orderly assemblage of dulcet, well-rounded tones, but a feisty, attention-grabbing trio of pieces which, thanks to on-the-spot advocacy from concerto soloist, conductor and players, certainly made a lasting impact.

Because of the sheer physicality of each of the works, as well as the presence of a soloist in the second piece who wasn't backward... read more

Hamish McKeich’s final WYO concert a knockout

By , 19/10/2015

This was a thoroughly enjoyable and enlivening programme, and as it turned out a  most appropriate way for the Wellington Youth Orchestra to (a) conclude a successful playing-year, and (b) farewell conductor Hamish McKeich, who's been the orchestra's inspirational music director for the past four years. Having heard nothing about Hamish's departure beforehand, I was surprised when the concert's master of ceremonies, Peter Dykes made the announcement... read more

Worlds of Music – Lilburn, Vaughan Williams and Mozart from the NZSM Orchestra

By , 01/10/2015

So, what on earth has Mozart got to do with Douglas Lilburn? By a happy coincidence, the concerto (Mozart's K.466) with which the brilliant soloist Xing Wang earlier this year won the NZSM Concerto Competition First Prize was again performed by her during this concert, to stunning effect. But alongside Lilburn? Mountains and Mozart?

Anybody who has read Lilburn's beautifully-wrought treatise on being a composer here in New... read more

Welllington Chamber Orchestra – significant, important, moving……

By , 20/09/2015
A significant, important and moving concert. Significant? - with two works by Douglas Lilburn included, the orchestra splendidly commemorated the composer's 100th birthday year. Important? - the concert included in the programme Lilburn's First Symphony, one that ought to be in our main-centre orchestras' regular concert repertoire, but is hardly ever played - see "Stop Press" below, however. Moving? - the concert was dedicated by the orchestra to the... read more

Breaking the concert mould, with fateful results – Orchestra Wellington

By , 05/09/2015
Breaking the mould, as Marc Taddei and Orchestra Wellington have done repeatedly and successfully over the last few seasons, this concert presented no less than TWO concertos, and for different instruments! The orchestra could have gone the whole hog and asked Michael Houstoun to play the Tchaikovsky Second Piano Concerto after the interval (the one with the concerto-like parts for violin and 'cello) - but the name of the... read more

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