Reviews rsscaticon

Steve Davislim

Die Winterreise

23rd March, 2017

Steve Davislim is one of Melbourne’s most illustrious vocal exports and his all too infrequent local performances are not to be missed. Unfortunately, his recital of Schubert’s iconic song cycle Die Winterreise was not widely publicised and this resulted in the South Melbourne Town Hall audience not being as large as such a musical feast…Read More


Leslie Howard

23rd March, 2017

It is often said that if all of Australia’s pre-eminent musicians stayed in Australia we’d have the very finest orchestras in the world, ensembles to rival the Berlin and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestras. With the diaspora of Australian musicians peopling the likes of the BPO, the VPO, not to mention innumerable English and American orchestras, the…Read More

Tenor Paul McMahon.

St John Passion

23rd March, 2017

Just as Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a Messiah or ten, so Easter calls for at least one major work by the great Johann Sebastian. This Easter sees two performances from prominent Melbourne choirs favouring Bach’s St John Passion. First off the mark, the Choir of Christ Church South Yarra and the Choral Scholars of…Read More

mso chorus

MSO plays Mahler 7

22nd March, 2017

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s exploration of the symphonies of Mahler, under the assured direction of Sir Andrew Davis, continued recently with a performance of the seventh symphony filled out with a revision of Paul Stanhope’s work The heavens declare, originally written in 1999. Stanhope’s is a lavishly scored work, putting Mahler’s uncharacteristically modestly scored seventh…Read More

Sir Andrew Davis. 
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MSO plays Tchaikovsky

21st March, 2017

It is often perplexing as to why certain pieces in the repertoire don’t receive the attention that they perhaps merit. Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No 1 in F# minor, Opus 1, (1891) is one such case. Compared with its younger siblings, Concertos No 2 in C minor and No 3 in D minor, No 1 receives…Read More

Christina Pluhar.
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L’Arpeggiata: Music for a while

18th March, 2017

During the period known as the Restoration the wayward English concentrated their musical tastes on song and a sort of musical theatre, whilst composers of continental Europe embraced the more sophisticated operatic forms. The English sentiment at the time, which almost exclusively used music as part of plays, splitting their preferences between comedy and heroic drama. The…Read More


Quartz: The Sunset

17th March, 2017

Although the focus of Quartz’s first of two Melbourne Recital Centre programs was Edvard Grieg, a substantial part was devoted to two other composers of enormous appeal. Henry Purcell and Ottorino Respighi almost seem to be “flavour of the month”, what with L’Arpeggiata’s astonishing interpretation of some of his vocal music the previous evening in…Read More


HMS Pinafore

16th March, 2017

The first work in Melbourne Opera’s 2017 season is a rollicking production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore. This is a comic opera written in 1878 which has since set the standard for the many forms of music theatre that have followed it. From the opening ensemble piece “We Sail the Ocean Blue” sung by…Read More


Daniil Trifonov

16th March, 2017

There was a palpable mix of both anticipation and rare excitement in the packed foyer of the Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday night as pianophiles came together with piano students of all ages, as well as the elite of the Melbourne piano world. They had all come to hear arguably the finest young musicians on…Read More

Photo: Sarah Walker

The Japanese Princess

12th March, 2017

When thinking of operas related to Japan Madama Butterfly would be the first, and possibly the only one that springs to mind. Thanks to Melbourne’s Lyric Opera and their aim to mount significant neglected operatic works, Saint-Saëns’ hour-long comic opera in one act and five scenes now joins Puccini’s popular masterpiece in our awareness. La…Read More