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Posts tagged: concertante

Mozart from the NZSO – magical music and music-making

This early evening concert was conducted by Andrew Grams, billed as “one of America’s most promising and talented young conductors [who] has already appeared with many of the great orchestras of the world”.  The band of 40 players was nicely sized for the works, and Grams amply demonstrated his talents as he drew from them a sparkling sound, wide dynamic range, and the clean crisp playing so vital to... read more

Freddy Kempf’s Gershwin with the NZSO – poet-pianist with a brilliant orchestra

By , 07/12/2012
A splendid program, expertly delivered, with the qualification that, to my mind pianist Freddy Kempf's playing was notable more for poetry and introspection than glint and incisiveness, particularly in the "Rhapsody in Blue". There were places where I wanted the piano to assert itself to a greater, somewhat brasher extent, particularly as the orchestra, under the energetic direction of Australian conductor Matthew Coorey, was "playing-out" in the best American... read more

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