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, 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.

The Borodin Quartet’s Saturday concert was a brilliant launch for CMNZ’s 2010 season and it is extraordinary more Aucklanders did not embrace this opportunity to enjoy what some would travel to the Wigmore or Carnegie Halls to experience.

Monday, 15 March 2010

by Andrew Buchanan-Smart

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

If one ever wanted to hear the consummate artistry in string quartet playing, this was surely it. A Russian quartet performing some of the finest Russian repertoire; the result was stunning, the musicality so refined, so deep and moving, attuned with each other that their voices appeared as one.

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

by John Button, The Dominion Post

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

Musical masters set benchmark for quartet string playing

The Borodin Quartet (Ruben Aharonian, Andrei Abramenkov, Igor Naidin, Vladimir Balshin)
Music by Borodin, Shostakovich, and Tchaikovsky

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.

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 Jennifer Gall, The Canberra Times

Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, Thursday 18 February 2010

This concert brought us nothing less than the soul of Russian music. In an extraordinary blend of technical mastery and musical enlightenment, the Borodin Quartet performed three compositional masterpieces that linked the audience directly to the minds of the two very different composers.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

by Eamonn Kelly, The Australian

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

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

by Ruth Allison, Nelson Mail

'The doors are locked now – you're in trouble." These words to the audience from the world-renowned St Lawrence String Quartet introduced the work of John Adams, America's best-known composer. To the Nelson audience of mainly long-standing, loyal Chamber Music NZ subscribers, not known for embracing contemporary music, these were ominous words indeed.

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

Remembering this excellent ensemble – violinists Geoff Nuttall and Scott St John, violist Lesley Robertson and cellist Christopher Costanza – from a previous visit, and with appetites whetted by an entertaining pre-concert talk from the very personable leader Geoff Nuttall, the audience had plenty to look forward to in this concert. The anticipation was not misplaced in any of the three items played.

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 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.

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 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

Our musicians have the joy of discovery, and of re-creation, and through this process we learn so much: how to play together, to build an orchestra, to become friends and colleagues. We share the wonders in the music, become polished in our execution, and play to our audiences in living, breathing performances. The concerts are always far more than the sum of their parts – our work is done, and the fun begins!

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

It is my privilege to encounter many of the greatest young talents of today, and Josef Špaček is among the most special of this group. A true natural, he plays with a deep passion and a personal voice that will carry him to the top of his field. His playing evokes the style of some of the great violinists of the past along with the facility and sound of the stars of today.

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