Concert Reviews

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Donald Nicolson plays Bach

19th August, 2017

In a first for Classic Melbourne we introduce the artist before his performance, and will follow up with a review later in the week. Donald Nicolson will present The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2, Part 1  on Tuesday 22 August 2017 6.00pm at the Salon, Melbourne Recital Centre. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now a Melbourne-based…Read More

ABO: The Singing Violin

8th August, 2017

Shortly before 5pm, concert-goers escaped from an icy Melbourne winter afternoon into the warmth of Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, eager to hear the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and its guest performer, Dmitry Sinkovsky. Soon a buzz of conversation and fits of alarmingly consumptive coughing filled this magnificent acoustic space. House lights dimmed, and a small string group with…Read More

 Ludovico’s Band: Monteverdi Operatic Genius

6th August, 2017

Ludovico’s Band returned to the Melbourne Recital Centre’s intimate Salonfor the second of three concerts celebrating Monteverdi’s 450th birthday this year. Entitled Operatic Genius, the program offered little tastes from three of the Baroque master’s operas, but in the hands of such masterful musicians this hour-long concert felt like a satisfying feast. With excerpts from…Read More

Tinalley: To The Eternal Source

3rd August, 2017

Thoughtful programming and an excellent standard of performance by the Tinalley String Quartet have once again made braving the Winter cold for their concerts well worth the effort. Further enticements were their guest artists: the incomparable Greta Bradman and a cellist unfamiliar to most Melbourne audiences, Umberto Clerici. Originally from Turin in Italy, Clerici is currently…Read More

Star Chorale: Ein deutsches Requiem

2nd August, 2017

Melbourne audiences’ love affair with the music of Johannes Brahms has been enduring and passionate. It therefore comes as no surprise that we have been favoured with two performances of Ein deutsches Requiem within little more than three months. Even had The Star Chorale known of Victoria Chorale’s plans, they may well have decided that…Read More

MSO: Benjamin Northey conducts Enigma Variations

2nd August, 2017

It is always a joy to return to the Melbourne Town Hall to hear the Melbourne Symphony, especially to hear such a late nineteenth-century focused program that seem so concordant with the Town Hall’s imposing Victorian architecture. Whatever the acoustic foibles of our grand Swanston Street dame, there is always a sense of splendor and…Read More

MSO plays Mozart 40

21st July, 2017

Last Saturday night’s concert in the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s Mozart Festival brought few surprises but instead served up a couple of hours of contentment. This was achieved through a well-balanced program – a mixture of very well known works and less familiar but worthy examples of the composer’s craft. Craft, too, in the style taken…Read More

MSO plays Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

21st July, 2017

The first leg of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s journey into the life and music of the world’s most famous musical prodigy began just as you would expect: with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Köchel 1. Before Richard Egarr seated himself at the double manual harpsichord to play what may or may not have been the four-year-old Mozart’s…Read More

Sitkovetsky Trio

20th July, 2017

 The prize-winning London–based Sitkovetsky Piano Trio, currently touring for Music Viva presented what was an engaging recital of repertoire staples to a sizeable and appreciative audience at the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. Husband and wife duo Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin) and Wu Qian (Piano) joined forces with cellist Bartholomew LaFollette to present trios by…Read More

Songs of the Latin Skies

5th July, 2017

Katie Noonan and Karin Schaupp performed here as the last in a nationwide series of concerts, at least in part promoting their new album; Songs of the Latin Skies. Though both musicians are in the middle of distinguished careers both individually and in other collaborations and in a range of musical styles, this is their…Read More