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NZSM’s Baroque Workshop at St Andrew’s lunchtime concert

By , 20/07/2011

The Baroque Workshop took over, at relatively short notice I imagine, from other advertised performers; they revealed no evidence of being caught with little preparation time.

Baroque here stretched as far back as Monteverdi to as recent as Bach.

The Monteverdi was a quite short song written for one voice with harpsichord accompaniment from a set called Scherzi Musicali, of... read more

A popular lunchtime miscellany from three sopranos at Old St Paul’s

By , 19/07/2011

Three sopranos whose taste and dispositions span the song repertoire from classical through the musical and film hits to old-fashioned ballads and folk songs took their turn at Old St Paul's regular Tuesday lunchtime concerts.

The early part of the concert included a few opera arias. None of the three singers would lay claim to polished operatic voices that would meet the expectations of the professional world of opera... read more

Cello and piano at Jewish Community Centre

Myers Hall was a new venue to many of us at the concert on Sunday; it proved to be of a good size for a chamber music concert, and with its wooden parquet floor and high ceiling, its acoustics were very satisfactory.

However, if it were to be used more regularly for concerts, a better piano would be required. At times I thought the elderly Marshall... read more

Schubert from Houstoun at Paekakariki – Matching Poesies

By , 17/07/2011
Waiting outside the Memorial Hall in a July afternoon's wintry sunshine at Paekakariki was for me a kind of poetry in itself, colored partly by the expectation of hearing live performances of two of Schubert's greatest piano sonatas, but also by the ambience of the open spaces, rugged hills to the east, and the beach and distantly lovely Kapiti Island to the west. I'll doubtless be accused of "event-dropping"... read more

Rewarding recital of 20th century British organ music Friday at St Paul’s

By , 15/07/2011

A programme of entirely British organ music comes as a bit of a surprise for it is normal to think of the repertoire as dominated by Germany and France.

The second surprise was how attractive and interesting the recital was, especially as it was entirely from the 20th century (though coming from one with no special familiarity with a great deal of British organ music of earlier periods... read more

Nikau Trio: flute, oboe and cello, at Old St Paul’s

A well-attended lunchtime concert on Tuesday heard a surprisingly comprehensive programme for an unusual combination of instruments. It began with a composer I had never heard of, who, according to the programme note, ‘wrote mainly instrumental and vocal music deliberately in a style that would please the listener and ensure his own wealth and success.’

Certainly it was attractive music. The first movement commenced with the... read more

Hannah-Elizabeth Teoh’s encores

By , 11/07/2011

Bow at St.Andrews – tightening the strings….

By , 10/07/2011
This concert was the Bow String Ensemble's second outing, following its inaugural concert last October, also at St.Andrew's. On that occasion the new ensemble made an admirable job of the concert's first half, but, given the rehearsal time available to amateur players, simply couldn't do justice to what was practically a full-length program. The result resembled what I thought was very much a concert of two halves, disconcertingly so... read more

Splendid Russian concert from Pinchas Steinberg conducting NZSO with Simon Trpčeski

By , 08/07/2011

I sat one seat away from a couple who, at the end of the symphony, sat stony-faced, and I mean with countenances sculpted from the finest granite: arms folded, so that any suggestion of an agreeable emotion, in sympathy with the storm of applause, and even a few shouts, was out of the question.

I suppose there are still a few people who came across some of the... read more

Remarkable lunchtime recital by young pianist

By , 06/07/2011

The young pianist Hannah-Elizabeth Teoh comes from Wanganui and has been a student of Judith Clark in Wellington for five years. I had not heard her play before: her performances were insightful and remarkable.

She gave the sort of performance of Bach that utterly vindicates the playing of Bach on the piano, for every movement had a character and a spirituality that she had the sensibility to enrich... read more

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