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Old Saint Paul’s lunchtime concerts

By , 09/05/2012
May 29        Paul Rosoman – organ June 5          NZSM Guitars June 12        David Trott - organ June 19        Megan Corby -  VoxBox vocal group June 26        TBA July 3          Capital Harmony Chorus July 10        City Jazz July 17        Carolyn Mills - Harp July 24        Duo Tapas – guitar and violin July 31        NZSM Woodwind August 7    Valerie Rigg & Richard Mapp – violin & piano August 14    Klezmer... read more

Note Bene in adventurous and inspiring programme of recent choral music

It’s always a delight to hear a Nota Bene concert, and one of the reasons is the innovative programming.  The work by Douglas Mews I had heard before, by either the New Zealand Youth Choir or Voices New Zealand, and the Stanford I have on a record made by the Youth Choir in its early days.  Otherwise, the works on the programme were new to me, but all were... read more

Hutt Valley Orchestra – “What did you say they were playing?….!”

By , 05/05/2012
I must confess to surprise upon hearing about the Hutt Valley Orchestra's proposed Sounds Expressions concert - the Rachmaninov Third Piano Concerto? And Cavalleria Rusticana? - the whole of it? Perhaps my response was due in part to my experiences as a player in an amateur orchestra in Palmerston North during the 1990s, though I must say we also attempted things of reasonable difficulty, like the Borodin Second Symphony... read more

NZSO’s welcome exposé of Schumann symphony and Elgar’s cello concerto

By , 04/05/2012
Lynn Harrell and the Elgar Cello Concerto brought about a full house, not as common an event for the NZSO as it once was. The concerto certainly worked its spell and the audience was satisfied, but it was Schumann’s symphony that would surely have been the revelation. Half a century ago Schumann was probably among the top ten composers while, in New Zealand at least, Berlioz, Liszt, Mahler and Bruckner... read more

New Zealand String Quartet continues Beethoven cycle with magnificent pair from Op 59

By , 03/05/2012
The programme listed the pieces to be played in this first of two concerts devoted to the ‘middle’ period of the quartets, from the three Razumovsky quartets, the ‘Harp’ (Op 74) and Op 95, showing the two at this concert as Op 59 Nos 1 and 2 in that order. Gillian Ansell spoke at the beginning and evidently told us that they would be played in reverse order, but... read more

Diverting wind trio in delightful programme at St Andrew’s

The playing of the ‘Wild Reeds’ was wonderfully uplifting right from the start of their programme.  It may have been a wild wind with rain outside, but this ensemble, far from being wild, was precise and euphonious. The Rameau work was delightful in its several contrasting movements that contained solos, with mainly harmony on the other instruments.  The pieces were an arrangement of a Rameau keyboard work. The printed programme had... read more

Halida Dinova – Russian Soul from Tatarstan

By , 02/05/2012
It seemed as if I had barely recovered my poise and equilibrium in the wake of Sofya Gulyak's stupendous recital at the NZSM's Adam Concert Room in Wellington not a week beforehand, before encountering another wonderful pianist from the Russian Federation. This was Halida Dinova, originally from Tatarstan, and currently living and teaching in Cleveland, USA, where she studied at the Institute of Music. From these somewhat far-flung worlds she... read more

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