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The $1.97 CD Review – The 7 Deadly Sins (Lenya / Katona / Bruckner-Ruggeberg)


I wonder if that title got your attention ? If it was someone else’s blog, it sure would have got mine.  Let me explain…. For a while now, partly because I am a Ute Lemper fan and partly because the … Continue reading

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A Mahler CD for $5 ? Yes and it’s a Karajan DG one too !


Search the bargain bins or the sale tables of your record shops (if you can find any these days, they are getting rarer) and it is a remarkable day if and when you can find a good, let alone a … Continue reading

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Back online….and heading in new directions / $5 CD review


Greetings online world ! After a (partially self-enforced) break, it’s nice to revive this blog and hopefully take it into a somewhat new direction.  There won’t be as many concert reviews and travel notes as before but reviews and commentary … Continue reading

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Notes from a Vienna trip (June 2016)


I was last in Vienna in 2007. It’s been far too long between drinks. So what to do there in 2016 ? Well…..  A is for A380: For the first time (for me, anyway), a chance to fly Singapore Airlines’ … Continue reading

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2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition – Grand finale


And so to the grand finale of the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.  A well-attended Auckland Town Hall audience, many of whom had attended the earlier rounds in Queenstown and Auckland, was full of expectation and we were not disappointed. It pays to … Continue reading

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Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2015 – Day 2 of the Auckland semi-finals


After three very solid performances on Wednesday night, the remaining three semi-finalists in the Michael Hill International Violin Competition completed the chamber music round in the Concert Chamber of the Auckland Town Hall on Thursday night. Chamber music as part of a solo … Continue reading

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Michael Hill International Violin Competition 2015 – Semi-finals, Day 1


This week sees the climax to the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition, a biennial event and one that has gained attention and importance around the classical music world.  The semi-final rounds in Auckland, consisting of the six remaining competitors, are split … Continue reading

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Review: Eddie Izzard “Force Majeure” (Auckland, 19 February 2015)


British comic, actor, writer and soon-to-be politician Eddie Izzard played the Aotea Centre last night in the first of two sold out shows. Last here four years ago with his Stripped show, his uniquely warped sense of humour struck many … Continue reading

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Review: Borodin Quartet, Auckland Town Hall – 22 October 2014


The Borodin Quartet is one of the world’s great chamber music groups. Formed in 1945 by students at the Moscow Conservatoire its members have included the likes of Mstislav Rostropovich, Rostislav Dubinsky, Rudolf and Nina Barshai, Mikhail Kopelman and a … Continue reading

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Review: Auckland Phillharmonia “Glennie At Olympus” – 4 September 2014


Thursday’s Auckland Philharmonia concert was always going to be one of most sought-after concerts in 2014. If you’ve heard of Dame Evelyn Glennie or better yet seen her in action, you will know that she is a world-renowned, exceptionally brilliant … Continue reading

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