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Baroque Voices – resplendent 20th birthday offerings

By , 28/06/2014
Wellington's Baroque Voices celebrated twenty years of music-making with a concert on the last Saturday of June given in the same inaugural venue, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, in Hill St., Wellington - a splendid place for music-making by vocal ensembles. It was a truly epic and resplendent affair - perhaps a trifle overlong for listeners and performers alike, though the presentation certainly succeeded in bringing to the fore... read more

Pieces of eight from Nota Bene

Once again, a concert of innovative programming from Nota Bene.  This time, it was made up of pieces written for eight parts, mainly in the form of two choirs.  The result was a performance full of animation, with interesting and appealing music well sung, providing enjoyment for the audience, which pretty well filled the venue.  The dates of the compositions ranged from sixteenth century through to twentieth century. All the... read more

Scholarly and musical – Sergey Malov plays Bach

One might think that a recital composed entirely of unaccompanied Bach would not reveal the versatility of the performer.  In fact, it did.  The other thought is that it would pall for the audience.  Although I heard remarks afterwards from some audience members that they missed piano accompaniment, I don’t think this was a general reaction. However, I don’t believe I have been to a completely solo violin recital before... read more

Uncovering the fullness of Monteverdi – Baroque Voices

By , 28/04/2013
On the face of things, this was another expertly put-together and engagingly-performed concert in Baroque Voices' Monteverdi series, with pretty much the same underlying features as in previous concerts. But the ensemble has now reached Book Four of the composer's nine separate madrigal collections, one which represents a crisis-point in the series. Monteverdi was to thenceforth embark on a new path, what he called his "Seconda Pratica", moving away from... read more

Cantatas in their proper place at St.Paul’s Lutheran

By , 29/09/2012
In presenting performances of JS Bach's sacred cantatas in their original liturgical settings, Wellington's St.Paul's Lutheran Church is unique in New Zealand. The church is part of a network of world-wide Lutheran worship offering this same ministry, including the composer's own St.Thomas's Church in Leipzig. This practice was established at St.Paul's in 2007 by Mark Whitfield,  President of the Lutheran Church in New Zealand, and Pastor at St.Paul's in Wellington... read more

Douglas Mews and Broadwood give Haydn his dues

It was intriguing to hear such a different piano; this instrument sounded like a cross between a harpsichord and a modern piano.  The three works performed were composed during the early 1790s, when Haydn made two lengthy visits to London.  The programme note described the pianos Haydn would have encountered in London as ‘fundamentally different [in] character to the Viennese pianos he was familiar with.’  It has a rather... read more

Musica Lyrica in the 17th and 18th centuries

By , 21/04/2010
Perhaps this concert was presented by the New Zealand School of Music because Polly Sussex was in town; she had played in the weekend with the baroque/classical ensemble Musica Lyrica at St Paul’s Lutheran church in Mount Cook. Sussex teaches at Auckland University and has an international reputation as a specialist in the early cello and viola da gamba. The ensemble, formed with the support of the church to... read more

Second concert by Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

By , 18/03/2010
These two concerts brought what is widely regarded and one of the half dozen finest period instrument orchestras to us.  It’s just as well such a band comes to play the great music of the late 18th century, as the big symphony orchestras don’t play it much anymore, having become embarrassed about it over the past 30 years for fear of criticism from the early music purists: Haydn, Mozart... read more

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