by the short-lived Nicolaus Bruhns (in the IMSLP website two are listed: I assume this is the one entitled “Grosses”; Wikipedia... read more
Apperley is a Buxtehude specialist, having recently recorded a CD of his organ music, and this recital took examples of music that was written by Buxtehude and composers of the generation following him: that included J S Bach (well, two generations in Bach’s case).
He began with a
). Thus he's one of the very finest organists now alive. Such is his fame that not only was the NZSO concert a full... read more
For those, like me, who missed the NZSO concert on Friday where Olivier Latry played Poulenc’s Organ Concerto, this recital was pretty good compensation.
Latry is one of the three organists at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris (the position at French churches is known as a
As part of ‘Wellington 2012’, the Organists’ Congress, this concert was offered to participants and the public as something involving the organ, but more intimate than the Friday Symphony Orchestra concert with the Poulenc Organ Concerto, and the recital at Wellington Cathedral of St. Paul the following day, both featuring eminent French organist Olivier Latry. The composers were chosen because of their anniversaries this year: 450 years since the...
This was a spectacle of aural colour, the entire concert being made up of works that threatened to bleed the aural palette dry. To those of us who play the organ, it was a thrill to see the Wellington Town Hall almost full of people who had come to hear our instrument.
According to Olivier Latry, in his entertaining, informative and well-attended question and answer session with the conductor prior...
Tuesday saw the first of the lunchtime concerts at Old St. Paul’s for 2012; the first of a series that runs weekly until late September. It was well-attended, in a rather cold church – though the under-seat heaters were on.
Cold fingers may have been a bit of a problem for Paul Rosoman, especially early in the concert, since a number of ‘fluffs’ occurred in an otherwise well-executed recital. There...
Paul Rosoman began his recital, the first for 2012, using the chamber organ located on the right of the sanctuary, an instrument which gives the church something of the character of European churches and cathedrals in which a smaller organ existed to accompany the choir. Few in the audience would have recognised any of the music and many would not have heard of half of the composers; that would...
While writing this review I was listening to the radio: choirs and audience were singing the New Zealand Anthem in the Wellington Town Hall, at the conclusion of this year’s ‘Big Sing’ Secondary Schools Choral Festival. Accompanying the singing was – Thomas Gaynor, on the organ of the Town Hall.
It is great to see a young man of such talent take up the organ, and win numbers of scholarships...
The monthly organ series at the Anglican Cathedral might not get the sort of crowds one might have seen on the next two days in a big arena in Auckland, but for the few they are a valuable alternative, or perhaps an addition to the entertainments that otherwise dominate our world.
In all the quite frequent organ recitals that I get to around the city, I wonder at the profound...
I hadn’t adjusted my watch and as a result, missed the first item in the recital: Guilmant’s Grand choeur en forme de marche pour grand orgue, in G minor. Two of the three composers in the programme had been honoured as Radio New Zealand Concert’s Composers of the Week which had been introduced by Stewart himself (Guilmant died in 1911 and Alain was born in that year. Alain's father... read more
While, nationally, we have an Organ Month, in Wellington only an Organ Week has been organized. The effort required to present a month of recitals, almost every day, is very considerable, and can really be
justified only if the response by audiences is encouraging. Judging by the smallish audience at this most interesting lunchtime concert, the decision to confine it to one week is understandable. Yet when free Sunday... read more