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Monuments To Beauty

Tuesday, 20 October 2020, 3:15 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Monumental New Zealand Symphony Orchestra Friday, 9 October Reviewer: Max Rashbrooke Monumental by name, and monumental by nature: this was a massive concert, clocking in at a solid two hours of music, plus interval. Not that that’s inherently a good ... More >>

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 12:07 pm | Max Rashbrooke

In a stop-start year for live classical music, this was another start, a rescheduled programme at the unusual time of 1.30pm on a Sunday. Not that that seemed to dampen the enthusiasm of a (slightly sparse) New Zealand Symphony Orchestra crowd. More >>

Democracy 2.0 : What Is On Offer In GE 2020?

Friday, 21 August 2020, 2:38 pm | Max Rashbrooke

Imagine a twenty-first century piece of software trying to run on a twentieth-century computer, and you have a fair picture of the New Zealand democratic system. More >>

O’Neill Shines

Friday, 7 August 2020, 10:11 am | Max Rashbrooke

It’s an ill wind that blows no good, as they say, and it’s presumably the coronavirus pandemic that we have to thank for tenor Simon O’Neill still being on our shores. On his previous schedule, he would currently have been in the US singing Tristan ... More >>

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 >>