News & Reviews

This is the place to get the latest news on chamber music in New Zealand, read special features on artists, music and events, and find out what the critics have to say about our most recent concert tours. 
 

Saturday, 22 May 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

Australian violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch is one of the most experienced, and accomplished, baroque violinists on the international music scene, and her formation of the Wallfisch Band in 2008 was one of the more interesting developments of recent times.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

by Peter Mechen, Middle C

Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin), director / Raquel Massadas (viola) / Jaap ter Linden (‘cello) / Albert-Jan Roelofs (harpsichord)

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Friday, 30 April 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

The last time I heard a four-hands recital was in the same hall about 18 months ago. The pianists then were the great French pianist Pascal Roge and his partner Ami Hakumo and, playing on a borrowed Schimmel piano, they treated us to a feast of pianistic delights.

Monday, 26 April 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

In recent years NZTrio has established itself as one of the finest chamber ensembles in Australasia and, given the richness of the piano trio repertoire, there will never be a shortage of works for it to perform.

Saturday, 24 April 2010

by Anne Bovett, Taranaki Daily News

With a well-selected and varied programme, the NZTrio proved again what masterful musicians they are, engaging, delighting and imparting new perspectives to the appreciative audience.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Enchanting dialogue in ultimate dreamworld

The NZTrio shows its true colours with the classy playing we have come to expect.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

by Michael Houstoun

The NZ Trio concert in Palmerston North last night was truly wonderful. I hadn't heard a single note they played before and I was riveted from beginning to end. They played with great integrity, musicality, intelligence, verve and truly as one mind.

Monday, 19 April 2010

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart , The Waikato Times

The first in a series of nationwide concerts was very enjoyable, especially so for the premieres of contemporary works.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

by John Daly-Peoples, The National Business Review

NZTrio
Auckland Museum Auditorium
March 21st

Saturday, 20 March 2010

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

CHAMBER Music New Zealand certainly chose one of the jewels in the crown of international chamber music ensembles for its inaugural concert of the Kaleidoscopes Concert Season, a season that celebrates its diamond jubilee.

Monday, 15 March 2010

by William Dart, The New Zealand Herald

Chamber Music New Zealand has always looked after its loyal audiences, bringing the best the world can offer to local concert stages.

Monday, 15 March 2010

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart

WEL Energy Trust Academy of Performing Arts, Hamilton,Sunday 14th March

Monday, 8 March 2010

by John Button, The Dominion Post

8th of March 2010, John Button, The Dominion Post

Monday, 8 March 2010

by Margot Hannigan, The Nelson Mail

The Borodin Quartet more than lived up to their formidable reputation as the world’s most enduring quartet.  They deserve all the reverence and accolades they receive.

Monday, 8 March 2010
AUDIO: Murray Khouri reviews the Borodin Quartet, Zephyr Wind Quintet, and tenor Keith Lewis with pianist Michael Houstoun.
Friday, 5 March 2010

by Rosalind Appleby, The Western Australian

Perth Concert Hall

The icy bleakness of Dimitri Shostakovich's string quartets came as a shock after the sticky heat of a Perth summer night. Could this music depicting such a foreign landscape have anything to say to Western Australians

Monday, 1 March 2010

by Peter McCallum, The Sydney Morning Herald

City Recital Hall, Sydney

TWENTY-ODD years separated the two Shostakovich quartets that made up the first half of this program, during which Stalin terrorised, died and was discredited. Yet arguably he remained in the Russian composer's music like a removed cancer that is never quite forgotten.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

by Eamonn Kelly, The Australian

Borodin Quartet: Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne, February 16.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

by Jennifer Gall, The Canberra Times

Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, Thursday 18 February 2010

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

by Ruth Allison, Nelson Mail

Thursday, 22 October 2009

by Timothy Jones, The Press

The last time the St Lawrence Quartet came to Christchurch I found their playing rather mannered and self-conscious. Six years later and no such accusation could possibly be made. Last night we heard three very different works which were all given powerful, direct and unaffected performances.

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

 

by Peter Williams, Hawkes Bay Today

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

by Stephen Fisher, Manawatu Standard

Stephen Fisher reviewed the St Lawrence String Quartet's concert in Palmerston North on Monday night, summing up the concert like this: "Here was a world-class quartet performing the most significant chamber music work written this year, while at the same time presenting outstanding performance of two favourite composers."

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

by Michael Joel, Radio New Zealand Concert

Listen to Michael Joel's review of the Wellington concert on Radio New Zealand concert's Upbeat programme.  Follow this link to the podcast page, and scroll down to 'NZSQ and St Lawrence SQ review.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

by Michael Joel, Radio New Zealand Concert

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

by Lindis Taylor, Dominion Post

This final concert in Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2009 season was a brilliant ending to the year, capped by General Manager Euan Murdoch’s announcement of celebratory programmes for 2010, CMNZ’s 60th anniversary.

The first half belonged to the St Lawrence Quartet, from Canada.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

by Lindis Taylor, Dominion Post

This final concert in Chamber Music New Zealand’s 2009 season was a brilliant ending to the year, capped by General Manager Euan Murdoch’s announcement of celebratory programmes for 2010, CMNZ’s 60th anniversary.

The first half belonged to the St Lawrence Quartet, from Canada.

Monday, 19 October 2009

by William Dart, New Zealand Herald

St Lawrence String Quartet was an inspired choice to round off the many triumphs of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2009 season.

Monday, 19 October 2009

by William Dart, New Zealand Herald

St Lawrence String Quartet was an inspired choice to round off the many triumphs of Chamber Music New Zealand's 2009 season.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart, Waikato Times

This exceptionally fine quartet gave a very energetic, high octane performance.  The stunning ensemble playing by the St Lawrence was of the highest calibre.  They had an extraordinary balance between light and sustained playing in a very flamboyant style.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Gramophone

No praise could be high enough for Piers Lane whose playing throughout is of a superb musical intelligence, sensitivity, and scintillating brilliance.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Michael Hill

I have always had a love for the violin and my dream as a youth was to become a concert violinist. My life has taken a different direction, but now I am eager to foster young violinists’ talents by sponsoring an International Violin Competition.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Sachsische Zeitung

Their rendition was perfect, revealing a structural insight of utmost clarity … bringing back history unexpectedly fresh and alive.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Euan Murdoch

Hearing the Borodins live in concert connects us to the source of Russia’s musical legacy with all its attendant complexities and triumphs. What better way is there to celebrate our 60th anniversary than to open the season with the unrivalled authority of this wonderful quartet.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Piers Lane

 I thoroughly enjoyed my last collaboration with the Doric String Quartet and am looking forward hugely to this one. Despite their youth, they have experience and maturity aplenty, allied with intelligence, subtlety and a powerful urge to communicate.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Paul Serotsky, Musicweb International 'Seen and Heard'

They play as though virtuosity is just an incidental

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Jack Body, NZ composer

I am very much looking forward to creating a new work for the remarkable Song Company. Their daring approach to repertoire is a fabulous challenge and stimulus to all composers who have the privilege of working with them! I can’t wait!

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Ida Kavafian, violinist and teacher

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Tobias Böcker, Neuberger Nachrichten

The faces on stage reveal at once the highest concentration and almost unrestrained delight in playing, creating a wonderful balance between care for accurate ensemble and spirited flow of the music.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Doric String Quartet

It was a great thrill and privilege to work with Piers last year. To play with someone of his experience, knowledge and powerful musicality was very inspiring. We are very excited about working with him again particularly on two cornerstones of the piano quintet repertory.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by William Dart, NZ Herald

The consummate poise and professionalism of the young Czech were unfaultable. We were transfixed from [his] very first phrase.

Thursday, 8 October 2009

by Elizabeth Wallfisch

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