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Posts tagged: Waikanae Music Society

Exceptional recital from Alexander Gavrylyuk gets tumultuous applause at Waikanae

By , 03/11/2019
Alexander Gavrylyuk, the internationally celebrated Ukranian/Australian pianist, has become a regular visitor to Waikanae. He played there in 2017 and 2016, so I knew that we would be in for an exceptional concert. Peter Mechen, my colleague at Middle C, had written about the pianist's ability to enchant his listeners with every note and in doing so, display a Sviatoslav Richter-like capacity to invest each sound with a kind... read more

Direct from Nelson: Dénes Várjon and Izabella Simon in singular, absorbing solo and duet piano music

By , 17/02/2019
This concert was, reportedly, arranged through a somewhat unorthodox arrangement between the Adam Chamber Music Festival in Nelson and the Waikanae society. I’d spent five days in Nelson and had heard Dénes Várjon playing about four times, including once with his wife Izabella. One of them included the Hammerklavier as well as the last sonata, Op 111; but the first three pieces in this recital were played after I... read more

Aroha Quartet revisits Waikanae Music Society with polished, well-balanced programme

It is always a pleasure to hear the Aroha String Quartet and their varied programmes. The Haydn quartet had a rather sotto voce commencement; the movement was described in the programme notes as a greeting, such as ‘how do you do’. All of Haydn’s jollity and wit were present. The second movement was enchanting, with a chirpy ending that brought chuckles from the audience. The scherzo was full of changes and... read more

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