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Wonderful Lieder recital ends Schubertiade at St Andrew’s, with powerful case for more

By , 05/06/2016
I got to four of the five concerts in this splendid little Schubert Festival which I like to refer to as a Schubertiade. I know of no other such social/musical circle that formed spontaneously around a living composer; the sure sign that not only did plenty of people in the Vienna of the 1820s recognize Schubert’s enormous gifts, but they actually loved the guy. The most famous contemporary version of... read more

Schubert’s Chamber Music Swan-Song at St.Andrew’s

By , 05/06/2016
It's almost inconceivable that a "Schubertiade" of the kind organized here at St.Andrew's-on-the-Terrace would not include the composer's last and greatest chamber music work. This, of course, is the String Quintet in C Major D.958, which was completed just two months before Schubert's death, a work he never heard performed. In fact it had to wait until 1850 for its first public performance, and another three years before it... read more

Schubertiade Hohenems/Wellington at St Andrew’s: piano and song

By , 04/06/2016
The weather assorted poorly with Schubert’s anguished, obsessional Sonata in A minor. It had been sunny and calm, though cold; but the music was penetrated with sudden squally gales and dark clouds, broken by only brief shafts of light and fleeting moments of repose. Diedre Irons understood, as her programme note made clear, how the tragic illness revealed in 1823 must have affected his music. Though she responded to... read more

Marvellous music at St Andrew’s Schubert festival: The Trout and Notturno in E flat

This was the second concert in the enterprising ‘Schubert at St. Andrew’s’ series over Queen’s Birthday weekend, organized by Marjan van Waardenberg and Richard Greager. Not as many people attended this concert as compared with the well-filled church on Friday evening, but it was still a respectably-sized audience. The name ‘Ripple Effect’ was appropriate not only for the ‘Trout’ Quintet, but also for the ‘Notturno’ one-movement trio (violin, cello and... read more

Schubert Concert at St.Andrews promises a weekend’s abundance

By , 03/06/2016

This was the first of what promised to be a delightful and rewarding "Schubertiade" of concerts featuring various solo artists and ensembles. The title "Cornucopia" possibly referred to the variety of instruments used throughout the evening; or else, to the range and scope of the composer's writing for these instrumental combinations. Whatever the case, the results suited the "abundant supply of good things" description suggested by the word... read more

Happy concert from the New Zealand School of Music saxophone ensemble and soloists

By , 01/06/2016
The woodwind (more specifically, the Saxophone) department of the New Zealand School of Music has become a fairly conspicuous player in the school’s activities. It’s led by Deborah Rawson, who, as well as being a clarinetist often seen in professional orchestral ranks, plays saxophone, usually the soprano sax. While she introduced this lunchtime concert, the ensemble was directed by Simon Brew, an ‘artist teacher’ in the school. The concert began with... read more

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