Livestream Review | Baroque Duo, a portent of brighter things to come

Baroque Duo Melbourne Digital Concert Hall Wednesday 15th September 2021 At a time when a whole raft of period-instrument and other performances have been erased from the Australian scene, it took little hesitation to be back watching a Melbourne Digital…

 
‘Offspring for All’ Launches Sept 24

Offspring for All is the new digital series from APRA AMCOS State Luminary Award Winners – Ensemble Offspring. Bringing a handful of their highlight concerts each year to hungry ears from around Australia and the world, this ongoing initiative will…

 
CD Review: HD Duo | Australian Thais

HD DUO Michael Duke – saxophones David Howie – piano New Music for Saxophone and Piano When approaching this new CD there was one thing for sure I knew and that was that the performances would be wonderful. With two…

 
CD Review: Nexas Quartet | Tango de Saxos

Nexas Quartet are focused on promoting the musical diversity of the saxophone and I cannot think of a better vehicle to do so than Argentine Tango. I have worked with quartet member Jay Byrnes and guest pianist Daniel Rojas before…

 
Ecstatic reveries from The Song Company

This was no mere choral performance – this was a moving experience that vibrated through body and soul…..I am referring to The Song Company’s Burden of Truth, performed in the iconic Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School, Darlinghurst…

 
A trio of the best musicians in Australia – if not the World

A glorious Autumn afternoon in leafy Turramurra and a live concert featuring three of the best musicians in Australia if not the World – one needed to pinch oneself to be sure it wasn’t a dream. Dene Olding and Julian…

 
Musica Viva’s exquisitely fragile and brutally beautiful program a resounding success

Konstantin Shamray & ANAM Orchestra, Sophie Rowell and Harry Ward Musica Viva National Livestream Saturday 15th May 2021 Musica Viva’s second national concert tour for 2021 involved a programme of intensely heartfelt music featuring the young violinist and composer Harry…

 
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra really sparked!

Evoke Thursday 6 May | 7.00pm City Recital Hall, Sydney On a rainy Thursday night we headed to the City Recital Hall in Sydney to hear members of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra (ARCO) in a chamber music concert.…

 
Marais Project: Blending the old and the new in the Art of Monody

At 3pm Sunday May 16,  2021, at Mosman Art Gallery The Marais Project present ‘The Art of Monody’ featuring the world premiere of ‘Christchurch Monody’ by Gordon Kerry. Founder and principal artist Jenny Eriksson speaks about the upcoming concert. For…

 
Review: Rubiks’ luminous lamina of inspiring compositions

Rubiks Collective, This Soft Eclipse Thursday April 29, 2021 Back in their element in the return to the Melbourne Recital Centre, Rubiks Collective – joined by guests Kim Tan, Lucy Price, and Natasha Fearnside – displayed a thoughtful and evocative…

 
Barry Conyngham’s fascinating, original and engaging new CD

Gardener of Time is a CD recorded at the concert given to celebrate the 75th birthday of Barry Conyngham, the well known Contemporary Australian composer. Barry has a huge list of academic achievements, the most recent being his decade as…

 
Review: Compose Queer | Divisi Chamber Singers

75 Reid St, Fitzroy North. 26 February 2021 Compose Queer is an initiative created by Divisi Chamber Singers, funded through a donation campaign and a grant from the Australian Cultural Fund. This initiative went beyond a single concert: four emerging…

 
Review: Live at Yours with Wine, Williams and Song

David Greco and Vatche Jambazian Live at Olsen Gallery Feb 24, Presented by Live at Yours The Olsen Gallery was an excellent venue for this intimate recital by David Greco and Vatche Jambazian, both of whom had been performing to…

 
Review: Timothy Young – Artistic Virtuosity and Devilish Waltzes

Kawai Piano Series 1 | Timothy Young Plays Lizst Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, February 24, 2021 It was a pleasant surprise to hear a recital with an audience, albeit a socially distanced one. Timothy Young is head of the Australian…

 
Review: SDC and ASQ a Perfect Partnership

Sydney Dance Company, Impermanence Feb 17, 2021 A few weeks ago an opportunity to review Sydney Dance Company’s world premiere of Impermanence dropped into the classikON inbox… I was excited of course, who wouldn’t want to attend the opening night…

 
Review: Latitude 37 | Syncopation, exoticism & ingenious violin techniques

Latitude 37 – Passions of the Soul Part 1 Thursday 11th February 2021 on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall Held at the Melbourne Athenaeum to audiences both live and via computer technology, Latitude 37 (a group specialising in 17th- and 18th-century…

 
Review: Hoang Pham’s sensitive recital

Hoang Pham – Sonata Tragica on Melbourne Digital Concert Hall 10/2/2021 Program Liszt – La Leggierezza Liszt – Liebestraum Pham – Nocturne in A Flat Chopin – Nocturne in D Flat, Op 27 No 2 Pham – Lòng Mẹ Pham – Sonata Tragica Liszt – Mephisto Waltz…

 
Review: Paul Cutlan’s genre-bending prowess at Parramatta

Paul Cutlan String Project Riverside Parramatta Feb 7, 2021 The Lennox Theatre at Riverside Parramatta last Sunday was the setting for my first encounter with the music of Paul Cutlan, improvising reed player and genre-bending composer/arranger. At once lyrical yet…

 
Review: Powerfully moving concert from Bendigo Chamber Music Festival

Bendigo Chamber Music Festival Mayor’s Gala – Summer Nights Series 4 Saturday 6th February 2021 Co-Director of the Bendigo Chamber Music Festival Chris Howlett introduced the Mayor’s Gala evening concert as a token of sincere appreciation of the musicians to…

 
CD Review: Christopher Pidcock | Immersed in Bach

One of Australia’s most versatile and thoroughly musical cellists Christopher Pidcock has recently released a wonderfully inventive CD of Bach’s Cello Suite No. 4 in E flat BWV1010 and has interspersed with each of the 6 movements a solo cello…