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Australian String Quartet: Turning Point

10th October, 2017

  One of the delights of a good festival is the opportunity to delve into the unknown, in whatever form it may take. Woodworking Room 101, a large space in E block of the Collingwood Arts Precinct (35 Johnston Street, Collingwood) had been stripped of its work benches, though the outlines of tools could be…Read More

Glories of the French Baroque

9th October, 2017

When the National Academy of Music’s artistic director, Nick Deutsch was interviewed for “The good life” segment in a recent edition of The Age, he boasted (justifiably) of a talent-spotting prowess that resulted in booking American soprano Brenda Rae just before her career exploded and she became unaffordable. The choice of program also had elements…Read More

Victoria Chorale: Nelson Mass

9th October, 2017

It’s unlikely that Joseph Haydn had Lord Nelson in mind when he wrote this work but he was almost certainly thinking about Napoleon, who at that time was threatening the composer’s native country. Titled Mass for Troubled Times it reflected a world in turmoil, written at a time of intense fear for the future of…Read More

Gloriana: Faure Requiem

27th September, 2017

  Far be it from me to recommend that a reviewer be late for a concert, or even worse, a no-show! Both situations were unavoidable last Saturday night when the scheduled reviewer found himself stranded by his car on the Eastern Freeway, and his guest (me) took over at the last minute. It was an…Read More

Great Moments Of Song   

25th September, 2017

As the Melbourne chill finally lifted Rippon Lea seemed the perfect setting for the Team of Pianists final concert in their Twilight Chamber Music series. Poolside for refreshments at interval, we were definitely in Phryne Fisher territory. As an enthusiastic chorister and music lover, her creator, Kerry Greenwood, would have approved of the fine vocal…Read More

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra plays Ravel

24th September, 2017

On Thursday night, youthful conductor André de Ridder strode to the Hamer Hall platform sans baton to open what was to be a most interesting program with Mozart’s Symphony No 34 in C major. A three-movement work composed when the Salzburger was just 24, it is an optimistically ebullient and festive work and the MSO…Read More

Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra: Northern Reflections

22nd September, 2017

A recent concert by the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, Northern Reflections, had particular significance for Classic Melbourne (and this reviewer) for several reasons. One was this website’s commitment to the notion that Melbourne has a number of musical ensembles, including choirs and orchestras that are very worthy of a paying audience, as this orchestra conducted by Christopher…Read More

Babi Yar 75th Anniversary Commemorative Concert

19th September, 2017

On Sunday 17 September 2017 at 2pm, Melbourne’s Hamer Hall was the venue for a landmark event for the Zelman Memorial Symphony Orchestra: the Babi Yar 75th Anniversary Commemorative Concert…. In September, 1941 around 30,000 Ukrainian Jews assembled. They had been told to dress warmly, bring their valuables and congregate at Babi Yar, on the…Read More

MCO presents Genevieve Lacey

10th September, 2017

The Melbourne Chamber Orchestra continues to present a concert season which celebrates not only its (mostly) youthful musicians, but also celebrates the quality of established soloists. This is particularly gratifying when these guests are Australian performers, as in its previous concert featuring the pianist Lucinda Collins with her vibrant performance of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.…Read More

MSO: Bruckner’s Symphony No.7

6th September, 2017

One of my favourite motets is Bruckner’s charmingly simple SATB “Locus Iste“, but I have never fully appreciated his orchestral works, so this rare opportunity to hear a Bruckner Symphony played by the MSO with Sir Andrew Davis conducting was one I welcomed. Perhaps my attitude to Bruckner is more widely shared, and in a…Read More