Posts tagged: vocal
Here was a concert designed to attract various classes of music lovers: those attached to the classical heartland, discreetly coloured by a pictorial Romanticism; lovers of the voice in melodious, conventional guise with music composed at the turn of the 20th century; and finally, for those susceptible to musical expressionism on a vast scale, an evocation of vast natural phenomena and secular voluptuousness.
Though the orchestra had its first major...
), the Goldner Quartet and cellist Matthew Barley.
The essence of the festival rests with the New Zealand String Quartet, which founded and sustained the festival... read more
My visit this year to the Nelson Chamber Music Festival was shorter than in previous years, arriving late afternoon on the Tuesday and departing midday Saturday.
The highlights from abroad were the presence of Hungarian pianist Dénes Varjon, the Australian tenor, Andrew Goodwin (singing Schumann’s
Biennial Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Therefore the substantial audience was largely made up of delegates to this... read more
When on Wednesday after the lunchtime concert someone drew my attention to a poster in St Andrew’s Church foyer, advertising a concert the following early evening, I was unaware of its provenance. It transpired that it was in association with the 11
This was a remarkable performance, in many ways. The smaller-than-usual orchestra was matched by a larger-than-usual Tudor Consort in fine voice, and splendid soloists, all directed by Australian Handel specialist Graham Abbott. Unusually, there were no cuts in the score; all was performed. ‘Their sound is gone out’, in Part II is usually a chorus. But this was composed three years after the première; in the first performance it...
Both Rosemary Collier and I found ourselves at what turned out to be an unexpectedly amusing recital. We were both held up by late trains and non-functioning lifts and so missed whatever introductory remarks might have illuminated the nature of the ‘contest’. So disadvantaged, we decided to pool our impressions in the hope of making some sense of the unusual scenario that was being enacted.
However, the four biographical notes gave...
It’s always fascinating to encounter the efforts of musicians who aren’t full-time professional players literally throwing themselves wholeheartedly at music that’s challenging and difficult, however well-known it might seem. I can claim to having had some limited but nevertheless exhilarating experience as such a player in an amateur orchestra, in another life! – what a pleasure it was, that of being able to listen “from the inside” to various...
The school of music’s once annual opera productions have in recent years fallen back to biennial events. In the between years, students create a series of scenes from opera, against a background of elementary sets and a few props that can, with a bit of imagination, be used in various settings.
This production employed around sixteen singers, though the photo gallery in the printed programme contained 23 faces which included...
I Capuleti e i Montecchi
) by tackling a ¾ hour recital of varied and engaging songs in the generous and kind acoustic of St Mark's church, Lower Hutt.
Though the opera had not, this time, involved her in a singing role, this recital gave us some reassurance that her... read more
Rhona Fraser relaxed after the strenuous weeks of management and production of her opera at Days Bay over the weekend (Bellini’s
Advertised on RNZ Concert like any other concert, it was in fact not at all. It was a fundraiser for Gillies McIndoe Research Institute (for cancer research) and the Kiri te Kanawa Foundation. A similar event had been held last year. The early part of the evening was taken up with chat, drinks and canapés, before the music started at 7.15pm.
Rodney Macann was a genial and knowledgeable MC, and...
It might have been possible to blame a rival entertainment or the wet and chilly weather for the rather loosely packed audience for a concert that I’d expected to have a ‘full house’ notice at the door. One might also wonder whether it’s a reflection on the slow decline of musical tastes, and that those of us who were brought up with a certain amount of great music in...