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Cervantes’ quadricentenary through diverting music of the 17th to 20th centuries

By , 27/03/2016
This year is the 400th anniversary not just of the death of Shakespeare, as the whole world knows, but also of Miguel Cervantes. Not only the same year, but also the same month – April – and even more surprising just one day apart! S. on 23 and C. on 22 April. Cervantes was longer-lived, having been born in 1547. In an introduction it was pointed out that the two players... read more

Exploratory and interesting offerings from the engaging Duo Tapas

By , 09/03/2016
Duo Tapas have been long-standing ornaments at St Andrew’s lunchtime concerts and are enterprising in the range of music they find to perform. That of course is due mainly to the lack of music written specifically for the two instruments, although the pair lend themselves readily to music for violin and piano and for the guitar, accompanying many other instruments. Unusually, they began with a piece by Pachelbel for organ... read more

Enchantments of baroque instrumental combinations: Archi d’amore trio

By , 02/03/2016
I last heard this trio in October last year in the Adam Concert Room at Victoria University where I was taken with the unexpectedly charming effects of the combination of three instruments, none of which demand attention to itself at the expense of the music or of each other. The Ryom catalogue of Vivaldi’s works lists eight concertos including the viola d’amore, and this is the only one that is... read more

Viola d’amore takes place with guitar and cello in lovely NZSM-based trio

By , 16/10/2015
The last concert of the year in the university school of music’s Friday lunchtime series. I’ve been getting to too few of these rewarding little concerts in the past few years – a failing that I’ve commented on before. But I was very happy to be there today to listen to what could be described as a somewhat experimental performance: the putting together of two modern, conventional instruments with one... read more

Interesting exploration of varied guitar music in NZSM’s students’ showcase

By , 08/10/2015
The last of the four showcase concerts from the New Zealand School of Music offered guitarists a platform. One of the four programmed players could not appear, meaning that a piece by New Zealand composer Mike Hogan, Hammerowen, was omitted. Thus, in contrast to the hour-long viola concert on Wednesday, this one was about ten minutes shorter than the normal 45 minutes. Two guitarists calling themselves Duo Kita, Jake Church and... read more

Rather short and variable concert from university voices and instruments

A small but enthusiastic audience heard a rather short concert (50 minutes, with several longish breaks for changing the position of the piano and other adjustments), the chamber music sections of which were being assessed towards the players’ end-of-year academic results. The choir was presenting its second concert for the year, under the direction of Dr Robert Legg. It was a much smaller choir than that which sang in May;... read more

Guitarist Jamie Garrick in charming, idiomatic lunchtime recital

By , 23/09/2015
Very unusually for these more punctual days, my train from Wellington’s northern reaches was late and I missed the first piece and some introductory words from the guitarist. I missed the Prelude from one of Bach’s lute suites, in C minor, BWV 997. Coste’s Le départ – le retour was under way and I found myself in the world of his early 19th century contemporaries, Fernando Sor, Giuliani, or perhaps... read more

Technically brilliant, varied and versatile recital by New Zealand Guitar Quartet

Djembe is based on its namesake, a traditional African stretched-skin drum played with the hands. To reflect these origins, York makes full play of the various drumming abilities of the guitar with wonderfully lively writing, as well as other clever effects like harmonics. York’s passion for this ensemble combination (he is a former member of the renowned Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) shone through every bar. The group effectively exploited... read more

Duo Tapas: violin and guitar play winning St Andrew’s lunchtime concert

By , 05/08/2015
Duo Tapas is a fairly visible little ensemble on the Wellington music scene; but it pays not to take them for granted, as playing much the same repertoire, with minor variations in their frequent concerts. It could be because I haven’t heard a couple of their recent concerts that this programme was entirely new to me. They began with Rudolph Buttman’s arrangement of one of Vivaldi’s violin sonatas, the last... read more

Guitar students deliver impressive performances in spite of relative inexperience in tough field

By , 25/05/2015
The first of the four programmes arranged by the enterprising manager of the St Andrew's lunchtime concerts, Marjan van Waardenberg, with the New Zealand School of Music in an effort to draw more particular attention to the school’s contribution to Wellington, downtown. As was to be expected, the audience was somewhat smaller than that for the usual Wednesday concerts, but it was by no means an embarrassment. Guitars, though still... read more

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