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Goldberg Variations - NZSO

Friday, 31 July 2020, 9:10 am | Max Rashbrooke

Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke It’s the Goldberg Variations, Jim, but not as we know it. For this latest concert, members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra joined forces with Stephen de Pledge, on the fortepiano, to present a variation on the Variations, ... More >>

Back For Good

Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 10:19 am | Max Rashbrooke

Pastoral New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke Wednesday, July 8 It was good to be back. It might only have been a good concert, rather than a great one. But boy was it good to be back in the Michael Fowler Centre, back listening ... More >>

A Conchord Takes On Totalitarianism

Friday, 13 March 2020, 3:09 pm | Max Rashbrooke

This Festival of the Arts production is modestly billed as a ‘work in progress’ – but is already well advanced, remarkably polished, and looking like a surefire hit. More >>

Disappointing Stars

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 10:20 am | Max Rashbrooke

Perhaps more than any other genre, classical music places immense stress on technical perfection. And rightly so: it’s essential to any pleasurable performance, especially given the demands that the greatest classical works place on their performers. But ... More >>

Improvised Trance

Wednesday, 11 March 2020, 10:15 am | Max Rashbrooke

This show marked Michael Keegan-Dolan’s fourth appearance at the Festival over the years, and came highly recommended. But while it was certainly full of striking moments, I wasn’t convinced by the overall construction. MAM opens with a stark, ... More >>

Only Mad North By Northwest

Friday, 6 March 2020, 3:59 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Eight Songs for a Mad King New Zealand Opera Until 7 March Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke A few years back, the Festival of the Arts featured a circus show in which the audience got to see the performance twice, once from the front and once from behind. It was ... More >>

Migrants Of The Sacred Galaxies

Thursday, 5 March 2020, 1:55 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Kopernikus: Opéra – rituel de mort Peter Sellars/Roomful of Teeth/Ensemble L’Instant Donné Monday 2 March Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke High-end, high-concept, completely bonkers brilliance: that’s what arts festivals are for, in my opinion. You don’t ... More >>

The NZSO Goes To The Disco

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 10:13 am | Max Rashbrooke

Glass/Richter/Jarvi NZSO Sunday 23 February Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke In the endless, anguished debates about how to make classical music more relevant to new audiences, proposals are often put forward to strip away certain elements – reduce the formality, ... More >>

Not The Promised Land

Tuesday, 25 February 2020, 11:58 am | Max Rashbrooke

Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke Talk about highs and lows: after the stunning success of the Lemi Ponifasio-created opening night work Chosen and Beloved, the same director presented us with a piece that, despite containing moments of real beauty, was wildly ... More >>

Beloved Indeed

Saturday, 22 February 2020, 5:49 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Chosen and Beloved MAU/NZSO Friday 21 February Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke The Festival of the Arts is a prime opportunity to boldly experiment, to push the boundaries. And that’s just what Chosen and Beloved did on the festival’s opening night, ... More >>

Unusual Symmetries

Wednesday, 12 February 2020, 10:07 am | Max Rashbrooke

  Shed Series: Symmetries New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Friday 31 January Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke The NZSO’s expanding Shed Series – this year taking in Auckland as well as Wellington – kicked off the classical music year with an ... More >>

The Life and Souls of the Party

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 3:24 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Some years ago, I was at a political candidates meeting where one of the hopefuls illustrated his critique of the current system by saying, quite seriously, “The invisible hand has eaten all its fingers… and is now the invisible stump!” And ... More >>

Dramatic Messiah

Saturday, 14 December 2019, 11:32 am | Max Rashbrooke

The NZSO’s annual Messiah performance is now a tradition. But a good tradition isn’t simply the repetition of something over and over; all traditions adapt and flex to fit changing conditions. More >>

Resurrection – and farewell

Friday, 29 November 2019, 8:47 am | Max Rashbrooke

With this concert Edo de Waart bowed out as musical director in the same way he began, conducting Mahler. And what a farewell it was! I’ve not been his biggest fan, often finding his interpretations cultured and intelligent but lacking a certain vitality. ... More >>

Turning the screws

Friday, 4 October 2019, 8:11 am | Max Rashbrooke

The Turn of the Screw New Zealand Opera October 3 & 5 (Wellington), October 18, 20 & 23 (Auckland) Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke More >>

Beethoven Forever

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 7:33 pm | Max Rashbrooke

And so, like all good things, it had to come to an end. The last night of the Beethoven Festival was, appropriately enough, sold out, the acceleration in the audience numbers matching the growing sense of musical excitement. More >>

Beethoven Returns

Tuesday, 3 September 2019, 10:36 am | Max Rashbrooke

And so on to the third night of the Beethoven Festival/Marathon – and in one sense its peak, as this was the only night containing two genuine blockbusters, the Pastoral Sixth and the Seventh with its famous funeral march. The audience was greater than ... More >>

Rollover Beethoven Review

Friday, 30 August 2019, 5:25 pm | Max Rashbrooke

And so the Beethoven Festival rolls on: after symphonies 1-3 the previous night, last night it was the turn of Nos. 4 and 5. The evening followed the ideal pattern that a Beethoven cycle so naturally sets up, the calmer, even-numbered symphony laying ... More >>

Beethoven beginnings

Friday, 30 August 2019, 9:45 am | Max Rashbrooke

The Beethoven symphony cycle isn’t a new idea: the NZSO performed one just five years ago, under their previous music director, Pietari Inkinen. But it’s still a brilliant concept. More >>

Rigoletto - Review

Monday, 26 August 2019, 4:10 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Newcomers to the Wellington scene, Eternity Opera have achieved immense success with recent productions of Don Giovanni and Madama Butterfly, among others. This production is, though, much less of a triumph, perhaps because they have bitten off such a big ... More >>