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The NZSO at 70: promise and puzzles

Friday, 10 March 2017, 9:47 am | Max Rashbrooke

It was the NZSO's birthday this week – it turned 70 – and so it threw a big party, in the form of a free concert featuring a kind of 'greatest hits' snippets of the last seven decades. So is our national orchestra in good shape, now that it's a septuagenarian? More >>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The Mikado, NZ Opera

Monday, 27 February 2017, 1:10 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Politics and art are a little bit like politics and rugby: as the Springbok tour showed, you can't entirely separate the two. And there are certainly plenty of politics around the Mikado, a show that is notionally set in a highly stereotyped, Orientalist ... More >>

Review: Messiah

Monday, 12 December 2016, 11:04 am | Max Rashbrooke

The Messiah is one of those pieces of music familiar even to people who don't like, or think they don't like, classical music; and the version that most people have in mind is the big, boom-crash, full-forces one, with a cast of hundreds shouting, ... More >>

Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa NZ

Friday, 2 December 2016, 12:20 pm | Max Rashbrooke

When I was coming to the end of my six-year stint in London, British people would often say to me, ‘I quite understand why you’d go back to New Zealand – I mean, the landscape, it’s so beautiful, why wouldn’t you?’ Because they were often ... More >>

Review: Mozart and Elgar

Monday, 31 October 2016, 10:48 am | Max Rashbrooke

In previous NZSO concerts this year I’ve felt the orchestra’s playing, under new music director Edo de Waart, has been slightly on the conservative side. But this was an evening where the musical judgements felt spot on. Mozart’s piano concerto ... More >>

Last chance to see: LEGACY

Friday, 21 October 2016, 11:56 am | Max Rashbrooke

The next ten days are Wellington’s last chance to see one of the most interesting, complex and important art shows of the year, LEGACY: The Art of Rangi Hetet and Erenora Puketapu-Hetet, at the Dowse Museum in Lower Hutt. More >>

Bold Worlds: New Frontiers

Sunday, 9 October 2016, 9:41 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Sometimes classical music programming is so transparent as to be amusing. Looking at the programme for Friday night’s Bold Worlds concert, with Dvorak’s ‘From the New World’ Symphony lodged in the second half after two modernist pieces before ... More >>

Review: Eat the Rich

Sunday, 2 October 2016, 1:56 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street NZ Opera In Wellington until 4 October, then Christchurch 12-15 October Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke More >>

Review: A Shakespeare for Brexit times

Monday, 22 August 2016, 1:37 pm | Max Rashbrooke

If Richard II were a person, it’d be an older brother too often upstaged by its showy younger sibling, Richard III. But Sceptre Theatre’s production proves that there’s as much – if not more – matter in the older work. More >>

Strauss, sweetness and steel

Monday, 8 August 2016, 10:52 am | Max Rashbrooke

There was a diminished audience for this New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performance, a fact probably explicable by its clash with the Super Rugby final that evening, which was being played just down the road and which featured the (ultimately victorious) ... More >>

Why the new British Conservative PM is talking inequality

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 11:12 am | Max Rashbrooke

Theresa May will soon be Britain’s second female prime minister, the first having been, of course, Margaret Thatcher. But if promises mean anything, May’s rule will strike a very different note to that of the Iron Lady. More >>

Review: Messiaen shimmers

Tuesday, 12 July 2016, 10:22 am | Max Rashbrooke

So far this year I’ve been slightly underwhelmed by some of the NZSO’s programmes – but not last Friday night, when they turned in a triumphant performance of Olivier Messiaen’s colossal Eclairs sur l’au-dela (Illuminations of the Beyond). More >>

Review: Scheherazade sparkles … but Lalo?

Monday, 20 June 2016, 4:06 pm | Max Rashbrooke

It’s a curiosity of artistic discourse that Orientalism is viewed with suspicion in many disciplines, but not in classical music. A European painter or fashion designer appropriating imagery from, say, China, might be taken to task, but no-one thinks ... More >>

Review: Magic Moments

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 10:30 am | Max Rashbrooke

Mozart’s The Magic Flute is an extraordinary tale, blending a story of great solemnity, of elegant music and Masonic virtue overcoming hatred and discord, with elements of extreme silliness and pure fantasy. But New Zealand Opera’s latest version, ... More >>

A failure of measurement: inside the Budget lock-up

Monday, 30 May 2016, 1:01 pm | Max Rashbrooke

The funniest moment in last week’s lock-up – a closed-off room where journalists get early access to Budget documents under embargo – came when one of the government’s press secretaries explained to the assembled hacks that there had been a minor security ... More >>

Max Rashbrooke on the 2016 Budget

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:08 pm | Max Rashbrooke

The best label for this year’s announcement by Bill English might be the ‘Bare Minimum Budget’. It does the bare minimum to defuse potential political damage in a range of areas – homelessness and health are prime among them – but almost ... More >>

Review: Stephen Hough is perfection-plus

Wednesday, 18 May 2016, 4:30 pm | Max Rashbrooke

In his interview with Scoop [ Rachmaninov’s hairy chest, and other entertainments ], pianist Stephen Hough made the point that playing Brahms’s Second Piano Concerto requires the artist, more than with most pieces, to keep the entire work in their ... More >>

Rachmaninov’s hairy chest, and other entertainments

Friday, 13 May 2016, 12:18 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Stephen Hough has just finished a novel. Which would be unremarkable, were he a novelist, but he’s not: he’s a concert pianist. Or rather, he’s a concert pianist, composer, columnist, and painter. (And novelist.) He’s one of that rare breed, the modern ... More >>

Review: Superstar couple deliver promised warmth

Monday, 18 April 2016, 4:47 pm | Max Rashbrooke

In their interview with Scoop [ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1604/S00033/love-duets.htm ], Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich promised "warmth and love" in their playing of Brahms's Double Concerto for Violin and Cello. And, coming on ... More >>

Love Duets

Monday, 11 April 2016, 9:12 am | Max Rashbrooke

One of the super-couples of the classical world, Nicola Benedetti and Leonard Elschenbroich, are in New Zealand for a series of concerts with the NZSO – and performing the first piece they ever played together. More >>

 

 

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