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Pianist John-Paul Muir at Waikanae

Waikanae Memorial Hall

Sunday 11 July 2010, 2.30pm

A well-filled Memorial Hall enjoyed a treat of poetry on the piano.

John-Paul Muir is young, but in total command of the piano. He makes the instrument his own, and he has thought a lot about his interpretations. He played entirely without the scores in front of him... read more

“From Garden To Grave” – Margaret Medlyn and Bruce Greenfield

By , 11/07/2010
It's said that piano recitals and song recitals don't draw the crowds sufficiently for them to be financially viable undertakings on a regular basis - just why this is, when some of the world's greatest music has been written for each of these genres by nearly all of the great composers taxes my understanding somewhat. The perception seems to be that with chamber music there are a number of... read more

Eyal Kless in Wellington – have violin….

By , 09/07/2010
Wellington's lunchtime concert enthusiasts were given a real treat by visiting Israeli violinist Eyal Kless, who combined forces with both pianist Catherine McKay and fellow-violinist Vesa-Matti Leppanen for what seemed almost like an impromptu and all but unheralded concert, one which certainly deserved more advocacy that it actually received. With sterling support from both his partners throughout the concert, Eyal Kless readily demonstrated the qualities suggested by the snippets... read more

Geoffrey de Lautour Remembered at St Andrew’s

Geoffrey de Lautour: opera singer, teacher of music in schools, private singing teacher, raconteur, was remembered, ten years after his death. Fellow Dunedin-born singer Roger Wilson introduced the concert with a brief biography of de Lautour. The latter’s involvement in opera in New Zealand, following a career in Britain, has been outlined in his autobiography. Wilson emphasised the hands-on work of the old New... read more

Taiwanese-American pianist marks the two pianist bi-centenaries at Old Saint Paul’s

By , 06/07/2010

Schumann's Kreisleriana was the centrepiece of this interesting concert by a pianist unknown to everyone there, I imagine. Of Taiwanese origin, Ya-Ting Liou's abbreviated CV discloses connections with Canada, the United States, and Argentina; she currently teaches at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.

She opened with an arrangement of Bach's 'Sheep May Safely Graze', sounding slightly ill-at-ease, and Chopin's second Ballade... read more

Špaček and Houstoun in delightful Wellington concert

By , 05/07/2010

This concert in Chamber Music New Zealand's evening series was co-promoted with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra: part of the first prize in last year's Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

One has to confess that, far from offering a brilliant young violinist - still... read more

Martin Riseley and Diedre Irons – a partnership of substance

By , 04/07/2010
I'd hoped initially that Martin Riseley and Diedre Irons would give us Schubert''s heartwarming C Major Fantasia for Violin and Piano - the one that liberally quotes from the composer's song "Sei mir gegrüsst" - but instead we got something darker and leaner, the Rondo in B Minor, D.895, a work whose intensely-focused moods and organically-motivated transitions throughout present a highly-concentrated dialogue between equal partners, at once demanding and... read more

Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater

Over recent weeks Felicity Smith has demonstrated her expertise in several periods of music, in a lunch-hour concert in Lower Hutt and at the Concours de Chanson French-language song competition.  Her clear, flexible voice suited the baroque repertoire particularly well. Accompaniment for the items in the first half was provided by a chamber organ, which made scrumptious sounds under the expert hands of Richard Apperley.  His playing was sublime, and... read more

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