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Some in the audience had been expertly primed in Brian Foster's early evening lecture, but Chamber Music New Zealand's Einstein's Universe concert on Monday night was a stimulating experience in itself, regardless of any connections there may have been with the man who gave us the Theory of Relativity.
The compositions of musical greats interwoven with tales of the life and legacy of one of the world's most influential scientists make for a fascinating lecture on the 20th-century physicist Albert Einstein.
Heartfelt thanks must go to Chamber Music New Zealand for having taken up Michael Houstoun's suggestion that he again perform the full cycle of the 32 Beethoven piano sonatas for which he gained much critical acclaim in 1993.
“I don’t confuse greatness with perfection. Perfection takes no risks with itself. To be great is the higher achievement”. This is a quote from memory, and therefore it is probably not word-perfect; the author (Lois McMaster Bujold) would presumably have no problem with that.
This is Tokyo String Quartet's first violinist Martin Beaver. We played a game of 'complete this sentence' and found out all sorts of insightful tidbits! As Wellingtonians the CMNZ National Office will reserve judgement on his coffee of choice, but we applaud his superhero pick and of course the reasons why he loves NZ!
The extremely accomplished NZTrio has always shown great imagination in programming and this concert was no exception. It’s not that everything in the programme was of equal quality but, rather, that there was a great variety of works spanning the last hundred years.
New and old music by four eclectic composers from Austria, China, Russia and New Zealand was performed by the NZTrio at the Civic Theatre in Invercargill as part of the Chamber Music New Zealand programme and the Southland Festival of the Arts.
“Vote with your feet” as the saying goes – and audiences all around the country have been doing just that over and over again for Michael Houstoun’s Beethoven reCYCLE Part One concerts. This kind of feet-voting isn’t that of leaving the performances but rather the kind that involves leaping from seats with rapturous applause. The standing ovation kind.
By Andrew Stantiall, Positively Wellington Venues - Reporting LIVE
"I should have done more homework" I said to my companion as we sat down in the front row of the Ilott Theatre after wading through a sea of grey hair and silk scarves. Admittedly, I had done quite a bit.
When Chamber Music New Zealand announces a tour by an ensemble that consists of piano (Deidre Irons), saxophone (Deborah Rawson) and flute (Rebecca Steel) one realises that this is going to be a highly colourful beginning to this year's season, part of a series that is already characterised by imaginative and distinctive programming.
Considered the rock stars of contemporary classical music, the Kronos Quartet are recording legends, with an extensive discography of over 45 recordings and an impressive commissioning track record of over 750 new pieces.
A large mixed audience of Dunedin's music fraternity was privileged to hear the distinctive blend of interpretive and technical brilliance which the Kronos Quartet have at their fingertips. What a treat to hear live, music which accurately and successfully reflects the solidarities and dualities of today's world.