A large audience greeted a wonderfully varied line-up of professional musicians – and of music. The opening work immediately grabbed one’s attention; Ginastera’s work was delightful and full of subtle animation. Especially notable was the floating, uprising flute part. The programme note describing its ‘gentle, romantic, quasi-impressionist harmonies’ was apt indeed. Which leads me to comment how excellent was the acknowledgement at the end of the printed programme of...
This harp duo was enjoyed by all those present, but the atrocious weather and the number of other music events on in the city may have contributed to the rather small audience – approx. 40 people.
The Thomas piece made a good opening work for the concert with its robust tones, demonstrating that harps are not just other-worldly instruments. The beginning could have been a hymn tune, with cheerful chords...
I suppose there must be even more outlandish combinations of pairs of musical instruments than trombone and harp playing somewhere else in the world at this very moment, though none would, I think, bring together and reconcile such profound differences more successfully than did Peter Maunder and Ingrid Bauer with their respective instruments.
Each player performed a "solo" at the programme's beginning, seeming to tease us further with... read more
I last heard Rebecca Steel in a recital with Simon Brew and Jane Curry, as the Amistad Trio, in May, when I commented that it was the third concert involving the flute in a month. I wasn’t complaining.
Here she was, a confident, conspicuous figure, contrasting with the commonly perceived view of the flute as an instrument of ethereal delicacy. With Ingrid Bauer’s harp, it proved a combination made in...
The Futuna chapel proved to be an ideal venue for harp music, being small and intimate, and very resonant, with its timber and concrete surfaces. There was no difficulty in hearing the quietest sounds, and the resonance of notes after they had ceased to be plucked, was sustained and beautiful. The occasional raw tone, upon a string being plucked again while still sounding, also stood out, but this happened...
was certainly apt to its title: evocative, misty, and at the... read more
Everyone at ‘Pluck’ would have been delighted by what they heard.
The works were commissioned by an enterprising Helen Webby, with support from Creative New Zealand. Most of the composers are New Zealand residents, but several are currently based
overseas. All the works were written for full-size orchestral harp – pedal harp – unless otherwise stated below.
An attractive concert was detracted from by the lack of a printed programme; the introduction by Carolyn Mills was eminently audible; not all her university student pupils emulated her in this respect, despite the use of a microphone.
The opening work was quiet and impressionistic, consisting of melody and accompaniment. There were some brilliant effects in these two movements, and a range of dynamics; it was skilfully played.
The Serenade, by...