AUTHOR: Suzanne Yanko

Stephen McIntyre’s many happy returns to the stage

19th April, 2012

It’s a special birthday, one of those with a nought in it, Stephen McIntyre admits. Not that the pianist and associate professor of music at the University of Melbourne, has anything to apologise for. One of Australia’s most eminent pianists and teachers, Stephen McIntyre followed early studies in Melbourne with time in France and Italy,…Read More

Steve Reich visit hailed with an outburst of sound

4th April, 2012

Composer Steve Reich is on his way to Australia, bringing with him an extraordinary reputation. The New Yorker calls him “the most original music thinker of our time”, The Guardian says he is one of “a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history”. Steve Reich has…Read More

AYO learns from the Maestro

29th February, 2012

This is a review with a difference, as what I heard was far more than a one-off performance – however electrifying. English maestro Christopher Hogwood, a pioneer in the performance of Mendelssohn’s music, prepared the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO) for a demanding concert of that composer’s works – and was on the rostrum to see…Read More

Shining the light on Nigel Westlake

1st February, 2012

Australian composer Westlake’s new work is a celebration that marks a turning point in his life. In a few weeks’ time the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform a major new work by Nigel Westlake, with the composer himself conducting. Missa Solis – Requiem for Eli earned Westlake the award for Best New Composition…Read More

New year, new experience of fine music

4th January, 2012

Ah, January. It’s that time when classical musicians go into hibernation and lovers of the genre hole up with their new CDs, or take their iPods to the beach. But wait! Not all is as it seems. A little digging soon reveals that this is the time fine music goes looking for new partners –…Read More

Christmas music: Hallelujah or horror?

30th November, 2011

Everyone has a view on Christmas music, even if they keep it under wraps. You can’t escape it in the supermarket, with crackling speakers – interrupted by price checks – yearning for a white Christmas all too soon after the Mother’s Day run on toasters. Unfortunately, in the misguided view that the consumer will be…Read More

Sebastian Lang-Lessing leaves the TSO

23rd September, 2011

In Melbourne for a Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO) concert last weekend, its Chief Conductor and musical director Sebastian Lang-Lessing mused on his long association with the orchestra he is soon to leave. In the way of modern conductors, Lang-Lessing arrived in Tasmania with plenty of runs on the board: an international career that started at…Read More

Jamie Walton and Benjamin Martin in Recital: Melbourne Recital Centre

17th June, 2009

Jamie Walton and Benjamin Martin in Recital: Melbourne Recital Centre There were three fine “players” in this performance in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall: the cellist Jamie Walton, pianist Benjamin Martin – and the hall itself, which continues to delight as Melbourne’s best venue for chamber music. A frosty Monday night would not seem an opportune time…Read More