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The Dream of Gerontius

12th March, 2018

Elgar’s epic choral masterpiece The Dream of Gerontius is powerfully religious, using the text of Cardinal Newman’s poetry-prose, a large orchestra, choir and three soloists to explore the final journey of an old man approaching death, and reawakening as a soul preparing for judgement. It is also a universal tale, an attempt to reconcile the…Read More

MCO: Romance

9th March, 2018

William Hennessy, Director of the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, needs no introduction as a musician, but he is perhaps not necessarily associated with risks, although he’s admirably not afraid to take them. This concert, the first of the MCO’s 2018 Season, had the theme “Romance”. Hennessy, in his role as Artistic Director, recast the orchestral music…Read More

MSO Season Opening Gala 2018

9th March, 2018

Opening night galas always have a certain frisson as they set the scene for the coming musical year. The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season kicked off with a largely full Hamer Hall eager to hear both legendary Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire and home-grown wunder-tenor Stuart Skelton. Of course Chief Conductor Sir Andrew Davis held the…Read More

Nelson Freire

1st March, 2018

  The Melbourne Recital Centre’s Great Performers concert series kicked off on Monday night with a recital by legendary Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire.  The recital opened with popular fare – Mozart’s Sonata in A major K 331. Unusually the sonata opens with a set of variations and Freire’s opening theme was as lyrical as one…Read More

Ziggy and Miles Johnston

28th February, 2018

In their “celebration of the past, present and future of Australian guitar music” Ziggy and Miles Johnston shared the music that inspired them to become a formidable guitar duo.They have found a further source of inspiration in the Grigorian brothers. Slava Grigorian in particular has provided practical as well as artistic support by acting as…Read More

MSO: East Meets West

27th February, 2018

In 2014 the MSO inaugurated a series of annual concerts to celebrate the Chinese New Year – a sign that an already multicultural city was embracing a new reality, the increasing influx of Chinese migrants into Australia. This concert series is now well established, under the patronage of China’s Ambassador to Australia. And what we…Read More

ABO: Thomas Tallis’ England

25th February, 2018

The opening night of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra’s 2018 season, Thomas Tallis’ England in Sydney was an evening of exceptional performances and astute programming of music that told the tale with the added crafting of keys which moved seamlessly from one work to the next. Details of the performance – reviewed here by Shamistha de Soysa for…Read More

Penny Quartet: RESPIRE

14th February, 2018

With inspired programming, Penny Quartet launched the 2018 Local Heroes series, Melbourne Recital Centre’s seventh year-long festival of chamber music that has continued to attract enthusiastic audiences. It took place in the Melbourne Recital Centre, Salon on February 12. Of all the many concerts in this series that I have attended, I cannot remember a more…Read More

Violins for Festival farewells

13th January, 2018

Well before 11am, the picturesque Church of St John the Evangelist in Flinders was already in need of extra chairs. An intimate venue, it can accommodate only 100 people, so everyone is close to the action. As the audience filed in quietly, the light filtered through the attractive stained-glass windows and my thoughts turned to…Read More

Piano at the Peninsula

13th January, 2018

Reviewer Margaret Arnold enjoyed two very different concerts featuring piano, on weekend afternoons at the Peninsula Summer Music Festival …Travelling from Melbourne on Saturday, the extreme heat was uppermost in my mind, but the lovely little Church of St John the Evangelist in Flinders was air-conditioned, and the KIAZMA Piano Duo’s 3pm concert was a…Read More