Supported by generous help from the Turnovsky Endowment Trust

Elixir of soprano, clarinet and piano

Despite the beautifully calm, sunny day, and the lack of advertising on Radio New Zealand concert earlier in the day, a good-sized audience came to hear this rather unusual ensemble perform a novel and varied programme.

However, the opening item was not a good start. The song ‘Thieving Boy’ sat too low in the voice for Kate Lineham. The lower notes did not come over to... read more

Pangea Piano Project – double the pleasure

By , 26/05/2011
Every concert has its own intrinsic qualities and unique merits; but this one was exceptionally memorable. I found it a life-enhancing experience, and in fact couldn't trust myself to write a review until I'd returned to earth, somewhat. Now, with feet firmly back on the ground, I'm ready to re-savour the pleasures and excitements of what I heard and saw at the Hunter Building, on a late May evening The... read more

Four fine musicians compete for NZSM Concerto Competition

By , 25/05/2011

This was the final round of the School of Music’s annual concerto competition, reduced now to four finalists. Each is accompanied by piano – a pianist of their choice.

First, I was impressed by the musicianship and accomplishment of all four contestants, and the way in which the finalists had emerged produced a concert of good variety.

The first contestant... read more

NZSM Saxophone orchestra, quintet and quartet beguile at lunchtime

By , 25/05/2011

Wednesday 25 May, 12.15pm


At the New Zealand School of Music, Deborah Rawson attracts a lot of students to the saxophone. And her success in getting skilled performers into the community, as well as in the periodic concerts given by students and others... read more

Tasmin Little clothed, with naked violin, in diverting recital

By , 22/05/2011

Tasmin Little is in New Zealand as one of the adjudicators for the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, but she has also played the Sibelius Concerto with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and a solo concert in Christchurch in the place of a concert with the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra since the earthquake damaged the Town Hall.

Her Naked Violin performances was arranged in Hamilton and Wellington through the chamber... read more

Aeolian Players play for mulled wine at Paekakariki

The Memorial Hall was not completely full, but there were probably over 100 people present to hear this concert of baroque music. Despite all the music being from the same era, there was considerable variety both in the music, and in the size of ensemble playing the various works.

Another matter of interest was the marvellous ‘Fishart’ exhibition on the walls. Many items were highly detailed... read more

Antoni Wit and cellist Hurtaud score in wonderful NZSO concert

By , 21/05/2011

Though Antoni Wit had recorded a couple of highly-praised CDs with the NZSO four years ago, he has never conducted a public concert with the orchestra. It is perhaps a timely moment to reflect on the number of performances that the orchestra has recorded with a number of distinguished conductors whose work has not been heard in public concerts. This has long seemed a strange policy, and a... read more

Stravinsky from the Royal New Zealand Ballet

By , 20/05/2011
Opportunities both gloriously taken and frustratingly unrealized - that was my immediate reaction to the Royal New Zealand Ballet's "Stravinsky traversal" during which we saw and heard settings of the music for two of the composer's ballets, (including the infamous Le Sacre du Printemps) and a full-scale production of Petroushka, both works among the most famous of their kind of all time. Allowing time for my feelings to settle... read more

Anniversaries of 2011

By , 19/05/2011

Waikanae presents Michael Endres, German pianist

A large audience greeted Michael Endres, a German pianist who is Professor of Piano at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. He presented a varied and ambitious programme of quite lengthy works, including one by Gareth Farr, dating from 1996.

It was a delight to have the Schubert Impromptus on the programme. Rhythm was strongly emphasised, and there was never too much pedal. Endres had great dynamic control... read more

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