What’s on, what’s new and what’s worthwhile on the fine music scene in Melbourne. Local musicians and performances plus interviews and information.

Tim Hannah

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16th November

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  • Muhly, Nico: Two Voices. Cory Smythe, pno., Hilary Hahn, vln.
  • INTERVIEW: Nela Trifkovic (vocals, frame drum) SARAY Illuminado
  • Traditional: Goodbye My Beloved. Saray Iluminado .
  • Mendelssohn, Felix: String Quartet No.2 in A minor, Op.13. Tinalley String Quartet .
  • INTERVIEW: Belinda Liew & Luke Speedy-Hutton Daphnis Ensemble
  • Schumann, Robert: Five pieces in popular style, Op.102. Martha Argerich, pno., Mischa Maisky, vlc.
  • Puccini, Giacomo: La Boheme - O soave fanciulla. Luciano Pavarotti, ten., Mirella Freni, sop. Berlin PO/Herbert von Karajan.
  • Saint-Saens, Camille: Carnival of the Animals: The Swan. Clara Rockmore, theremin, Nadia Reisenberg, pno.

  • 9th November

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  • INTERVIEW: Markiyan Melnychenko (violin) 'The Belgian Violin' at Melbourne Recital Centre
  • Ysaye, Eugene: Violin Sonata in E minor, Op.27/4. Lydia Mordkovitch, vln.
  • INTERVIEW: Ernie Gruner (violin) 'Bohemian Nights' at Open Studio, Northcote
  • Gruner, Ernie: Sweet Behemoth. Bowlines .
  • INTERVIEW: Douglas Lawrence OAM, Director 'Keys to Heaven' - November 2019
  • Palestrina, G. P. da: Tu es Petrus. Ormond College Choir/Douglas Lawrence.
  • INTERVIEW: Wilma Smith (violin) & Joseph Lallo (saxophone) Wilma & Friends
  • Villa-Lobos, Heitor: String Quartet No. 1. Danubius Quartet .

  • 2nd November

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  • Wagner R: Die Walkure: Du Bist der Lenz. Nance Grant, sop. Melbourne SO/Leif Segerstam.
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van: String Trio in C minor, Op.9/3. Eldering Ensemble .
  • Meale, Richard: Mer de Glace - Scenes. Adelaide SO/David Porcelijn.

  • 26th October

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  • LTA - Debussy: Estampes. 2nd and 3rd movement. Chris Wong, piano.
  • Interview: Chris Wong, piano.
  • Kats-Chernin, Elena: Mater. The Song Company/Roland Peelman.
  • Interview: Chris Howlett and Howard Penny, Artistic Co-directors of the bendigo Chamber Music Festival.
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van: Symphony No.2 in D, Op.36. CO of Europe/Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Interview: Ryan Williams, recorders, about "A Storytelling" by the Horsley & Williams Duo at the Melbourne Recital Centre on Tuesday 29 October.
  • Gostena, Giovanni: Fantasia I. Marion Barraclough, rec., Reidun Turner, rec., Ryan Williams, rec., Sophie Hoffman, rec.
  • Gostena, Giovanni: Fantasia II. Marion Barraclough, rec., Reidun Turner, rec., Ryan Williams, rec., Sophie Hoffman, rec.
  • Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay: Piano and wind quintet in B flat, Op.posth.. Eva Knardahl, pno. Gothenburg Wind Quintet .

  • 19th October

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  • Debussy, Claude: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10. Flinders Quartet .
  • LIVE TO AIR Grieg: Piano Concerto (excerpts) Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue (excerpts) Hoang Pham, piano
  • INTERVIEW: Hoang Pham (piano), David Fox, Wendy Galloway Geelong Symphony Orchestra, 'New York to Norway'
  • Brahms, Johannes: Piano Quartet No.1 in G minor, Op.25. Andra Darzins, vla. Eldering Ensemble .
  • INTERVIEW: Phoebe Deklerk Contemplation and Harmonie: The Divine in French Music (concert, 20 October)
  • Berlioz, Hector: Childhood of Christ, Op.25. Andrew Wentzel, bass, Francois Le Roux, bar., Gordon Getz, ten., Marc Belleau, bass, Philip Cokorinos, bar., Susan Graham, m-sop. Montreal SO, Montreal Symphonic Choir/Charles Dutoit.
  • Murphy, Tamara: Boulders Make Strong Friends. Daniel Farrugia, perc., Joe Talia, drums, Jordan Murray, tbn., Nashua Chen Lee, gtr., Tamara Murphy, db.
  • Takemitsu, Toru: Toward the Sea III. Alice Giles, harp, Geoffrey Collins, fte.

  • 12th October

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  • Griffiths. Love Theme, Nicholas Young, piano.
  • Interview with composer Alan Griffiths and pianist Nicholas Young.
  • Griffiths. Reverie II, Nicholas Young, piano.
  • Davidson. Percy Grainger: The art of agony
  • Interview with SONYA LIFZCHIZ for her Melbourne Festival performance
  • Davidson. Julia Gillard: Not now, not ever!
  • Interview with Ossicle Duo.
  • Smetanin, Michael: Ladder of escape. Nigel Westlake, cl.
  • Telemann, Georg Philipp: Paris Quartet in E minor. Elysium Ensemble .

  • 5th October

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  • Schubert, Franz: To Nature, D372. Geoffrey Parsons, pno., Jessye Norman, sop.
  • Szymanowski: Mythes, ii. Narcisse Laura Barton (violin), Liam Wooding (piano)
  • INTERVIEW: Laura Barton (violin) & Liam Wooding (piano) Australian National Academy of Music
  • Hindson, Matthew: Light Music: for woodwind quintet. Francis Gouton, vlc., Jack Schiller, bsn., Jeffrey Crellin, oboe, Martin Owen, horn, Philip Arkinstall, cl., Prudence Davis, fte.
  • Debussy, Claude: Images, Set 1: Reflets dans l'eau. Yiyun Gu, pno.
  • INTERVIEW: Matthias Schack-Arnott Melbourne International Arts Festival: Everywhen
  • Duncan, Eve: Dragonfly. Speak Percussion/Eugene Ughetti.
  • INTERVIEW: David Stanhope with Doug Beecroft Dracula - Music Incorporated
  • Higdon, Jennifer: Piano trio. Adam Neiman, pno., Alisa Weilerstein, vlc., Anne Akiko Meyers, vln.

  • 28th September

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  • INTERVIEW: Zoe Knighton & Hao Zheng Flinders Quartet
  • Stuart Greenbaum: Traslations for erhu, string quartet and recorder Flindes Quartet, Hao Zheng and Genevieve Lacey
  • Bach, Johann Sebastian: Trio sonata in G, BWV530. Genevieve Lacey, rec., Linda Kent, org.
  • Beethoven, Ludwig van: Piano Sonata No.1 in F minor, Op.2/1. Amir Farid, pno.
  • INTERVIEW: Peter Tregear iOpera
  • Krenek, Ernst: "Ob er kommt, ob Nachricht kommt" from Jonny Strikes Up! Alessandra Marc, Marita Posselt, Dieter Scholz, Martin Petzold, Krister St. Hill, Leipzig Opernchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Lothar Zagrosek
  • Messiaen, Olivier: Quartet for the End of Time. Ensemble Liaison .
  • Bartsch, Nat: Leap One. Nat Bartsch, pno.

  • 21st September

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  • Traditional: Nyilipidgi: The First Dance. Daniel Wilfred, clapsticks, Daniel Wilfred, voc., David Wilfred, didjeridu, Paul Grabowsky, pno. Monash Art Ensemble/Paul Grabowsky.
  • Interview: Natasha
  • Love Child Natasha Lin
  • Corelli, Arcangelo: Violin Sonata in D, Op.5/1. Capella Corelli .
  • Interview: Juliarna
  • Porter, Cole (arr. McKenzie, Sarah): At Long Last Love. Sarah McKenzie, pno., Sarah McKenzie, voc.
  • Higdon, Jennifer: Dash. Syzygy Ensemble .
  • Bartsch, Nat: And Until Tomorrow. Nat Bartsch, pno.