St. Mark’s Church, Lower Hutt, was a venue perfectly suited to a delightful concert by an ensemble such as the New Zealand Guitar Quartet. The warm, yet clear, acoustics showcased the players’ complete technical mastery of their instruments, and enhanced the musical sensitivity of the recital. The relatively intimate scale of the space supported the informal rapport with the audience that the players developed by their commentary on the...
This was the last for this year of the Hutt City lunchtime concert series. Since early June, numerous worthwhile concerts have taken place, and the organisers are to be commended for their efforts in putting the series together.
Both the performers in the duo migrated to New Zealand – one from England; one from Germany – to teach in Nelson. They now contribute to the musical life of Wellington, with...
, on RNZ Concert at midday. Eva Radich... read more
The Embassy of Brazil has been hosting regular cultural events for a few years, and these are often of music, featuring Brazilian musicians. We have been aware of them but it has taken us till now to get to attend and to write about them.
The recital by Aliéskey Vianna was particularly drawn to our notice through that excellent daily radio programme,
for keyboard was very short but demonstrated, in this most accomplished arrangement... read more
Two distinct ensembles took part in this delightful recital, some of which was to contribute to the final semester assessments of senior students. Eight players formed the ‘ensemble’ while four of them – the more senior students – formed the quartet. The Ensemble started and finished the programme.
Two pieces by Elizabethan/Jacobean composers opened it. Orlando Gibbons
Jane Curry, the New Zealand School of Music tutor in guitar, introduced the performer, his visit being enabled by sponsorship from the Australian High Commission in Wellington (though Ukrainian-born, Tsiboulski has lived in Australia since his early teens.) We in the audience were the beneficiaries, not least in that this was a free concert. It was a bonus to have the concert in the relative intimacy of the Adam...
Perhaps it would have all been double the pleasure at Old St. Paul's for Frederic Chopin, who was reputed to have said "Nothing is more beautiful than a guitar - save, perhaps two!" - no less than the New Zealand Guitar Quartet was here to put the aphorism to the test. A quartet's worth of guitar players certainly makes a lovely, rich sound, with plenty of opportunities for all...
opened the concert. The programme note remarked that the opera had had a... read more
These students, plus one other, had played at St Andrew’s on The Terrace in the previous week, with a largely different programme. I missed it, as did my Middle C colleagues. I gather that they played mainly as a quartet then; at Old Saint Paul’s they played two ensemble pieces, and four solos.
A suite from
Duo Tapas has become a fairly familiar presence on Wellington’s chamber music circuit over the past couple of years, even though the combination of violin and guitar has not been a major musical genre, or one that has drawn scores of composers to write major works.
Nevertheless, the music that this attractive duo turns up is always attractive, serving to dispel the notion that classical music consists entirely of great... read more
by famous Paraguayan composer/guitarist Augustine Barrios; the sounds she was producing were limpid, relaxed , with an air of improvisation that spoke of her confidence and thorough command of... read more
Jane Curry joined the faculty of the New Zealand School of Music at the beginning of 2011; although she’s given public recitals before this was my introduction to her playing.
I was a minute late and she was part-way through
This recital was the public face of the first New Zealand Classical Guitar Composition Competition which has been organized by Matthew Marshall with collaboration from SOUNZ – The Centre for New Zealand Music – and the School of Creative and Performing Arts of Central Queensland University in Mackay where Matthew is Professor and Dean of the school.
In its first year the competition attracted 20 entries from New Zealand composers...