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Posts tagged: vocal ensemble

Wellington vocal trio delights its Whanganui audience with a “charmer” of a programme…..

By , 08/11/2020
This delightful concert was the second of three concerts I was scheduled to attend and review over three consecutive days – and now, looking back at the three events while writing the notices for this second one , I’m suddenly reminded of Franz Liszt’s description of the Allegretto movement in the middle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata Op. 27 No. 2, commonly nicknamed the “Moonlight” Sonata. Liszt called the movement... read more

Baroque Voices’ “Bingen to Becker” a harmonious celebration

By , 16/08/2020
Thanks to a newly-emerged Covid-19 chapter in Auckland we were a precautionary “restricted” audience for this concert, but of good cheer, nevertheless, with convivial company and food and drink available at the venue, the evocatively-named “The Third Eye - Tuatara’s Temple of Taste", from out of which scenario “emerged” the musicians, informally dressed and congregating at the platform end of the listening-space, six singers and a bass violist, all... read more

Diversity and enthusiasm from Gale Force voices at Futuna

Right from the word go this short concert had the feeling of a community event, rather than a formal recital, and I’m sure that’s how the organisers wanted it. Gale Force Gospel choir is a diverse bunch of singers from many different backgrounds, who obviously enjoy the idioms of Negro Spirituals, both the singing and the swinging. They put together a varied programme of small ensemble pieces, incorporating both... read more

The Fab Five explore neglected vocal territory at St Andrew’s lunchtime concert

By , 25/09/2013
When you Google many 19th century composers and look at the list of their works, the casual browser is likely to be surprised at the number of vocal pieces that are not the usual Lieder or Mélodies or other classes of solo songs: there are collections of part-songs, songs for duet, quartet and other small ensembles, not to mention the cantatas and motets and other choral pieces. It is... read more

The Full Monte – music of love’s distraction, from Baroque Voices

By , 16/07/2012
The third instalment of Wellington vocal group Baroque Voices' stupendous traversal of "The Full Monte", or the complete Madrigals of Claudio Monteverdi, drew forth a vein of riches and delights similar in broad-brush stroke terms to the first two concerts. Artistic director Pepe Becker's idea of combining books of madrigals from different ends of the spectrum of the composer's output has made for startling contrasts in performance style and... read more

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