Category Archives: Music

Reviews of concerts, CDs etc.

Review: Auckland Philharmonia “From Leipzig” (23 July 2015)


After a stunning Mahler 5 from the NZSO under Vasily Petrenko last week, I was looking forward to Anton Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony under another young superstar Lionel Bringuier. Sadly, an injury prevented him from travelling to Auckland and he was replaced at … Continue reading

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Review: Auckland Philharmonia “Turandot” (3 July 2015)


Last year, the Auckland Philharmonia’s Opera In Concert was, by all accounts, a stunning performance of Wagner’s monumental opera Tristan und Isolde.  On Friday night, we got another stunning in-concert performance of Giacomo Puccini’s unfinished opera “Turandot”. Known to some as … Continue reading

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Review: Auckland Philharmonia “Chang & Bolero” (30 April 2015)


Every now and then, we do get a superstar of the classical music world come to visit. So it was good to see the ‘sold out’ signs both on the web and at the Auckland Town Hall last Thursday’s Auckland … Continue reading

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REVIEW: Auckland Philharmonia “Out Of This World” (16 April 2015)


A well-attended Auckland Town Hall audience was treated to another intriguing programme from the Auckland Philharmonia on Thursday evening. Bach, Dutilleux and Shostakovich are not your everyday concert fare and the theme of “Out Of This World” was a nod … Continue reading

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Two nights at the Met (New York City, March 2015)


Recent travels took me to New York City for the first time and one particular highlight was to attend two performances at the Met over the space of two weeks. Specifically, the closing night of Tales of Hoffmann under Met … Continue reading

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Review: “Schirmer & Shostakovich” – Auckland Philharmonia – 20 November 2014


Can it really be the end of the 2014 concert season already ? As Beethoven once said, “Must it be ? It must be !”. The Auckland Philharmonia wrapped up its year with a performance of Dimitri Shostakovich’s Twelfth Symphony … Continue reading

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Review: “Concert for Horns”, Auckland Philharmonia (9 October 2014)


The French Horn is an intriguing instrument. On the one hand, it looks like something that a master plumber or heating engineer with a vague interest in music might have come up with. Way back when, there was a time … Continue reading

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Review: Auckland Philharmonia, “Czechmate” – 2 October 2014


While the audience numbers might have been affected a little by traffic on a wet evening, nevertheless it was a solid turnout at the Auckland Town Hall for the Auckland Philharmonia’s final “Great Classics” mini-series concert. The evening’s theme was … Continue reading

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Review: New Zealand Opera – “Don Giovanni” – 18 September 2014


New Zealand Opera’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni opened its Auckland season on Thursday and had already courted a little bit of controversy as to its staging. Not the stuffy, fusty 18th Century costumes and street scenes for this production … Continue reading

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Review: Jonas Kaufmann, Sydney Opera House – 10 August 2014


To opera fans, Jonas Kaufmann needs little or no introduction. The mere mention of his name sends critics to their dictionaries to look up superlatives and then some. So when Opera Australia announced that he would be giving a recital … Continue reading

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