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Italian Embassy brings pianist to Wellington with interesting programme

By , 19/04/2015
A colleague picked up information about a piano recital by a visiting Italian pianist, under the auspices of the Italian Embassy. Luciano Bellini: not a name I knew; a bare outline of his programme; some names that suggested quite serious music among some oddities and curiosities. One has to take seriously someone advertising Berg’s Piano Sonata, as well as a couple of pieces by Italian composers of real distinction: Berio... read more

Outstanding programme by New Zealand String Quartet at Waikanae

Since Gillian, Helene and now Douglas have all suffered hand injuries, is Rolf Gjelsten next – or does it simply prove that the cello is much the safest instrument to play?   The audience at Waikanae was fortunate that the substitute for Douglas Beilman was such a fine chamber musician as Donald Armstrong. Gillian Ansell introduced the first work as being both sublime and light-hearted, and so it proved.  The superb balance... read more

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