From storming tsunami to murmuring breezes on the turn of a phrase

 

The evening set off with the familiar — Beethoven’s Ghost Trio.

 

The central Largo, which gives the piece its nickname, was atmospherically laid out around the remarkable piano of Somi Kim. However, I suspect it was the exciting outer movements that caused the adrenalin to rush, with the musicians veering from storming tsunami to murmuring breezes on the turn of a phrase.

 

Closing the evening, a lush 1896 trio by Alexander Zemlinsky was given a virtuoso workout. This, too, engaged the audience, even if Amalia Hall’s elegant violin couldn’t quite catch the sweet-and-sour klezmer of the composer’s original clarinet.

 

On the contemporary side, Mark-Anthony Turnage’s A Fast Stomp took us from Bartok to boogie-woogie in a jittery, runaway scherzo.

 

Isang Yun’s 1976 Piano Trio proved a revelation and was, for me, the highlight of the evening. This Korean composer wrote demanding music; indeed, he seems staunchly modernist in times when composers are not afraid to woo ears. Yet, live, how could one not be spellbound by the delicacy of Hall and Ashley Brown’s feathery exchanges, or Kim, in an elegant lame jumpsuit, leaning over her piano and unlocking a new world of sonic magic?

 

NZTrio has always stood up for our local composers. Tonight, Sarah Ballard’s Prema Lahari subtly explored the spiritual world of Indian culture. The players were accompanied by the meditative drone of taped tanpura, and the work ended with a recorded Sanskrit chant, sung against the chimes of the players’ temple bells.

 

It was a beautiful miniature with much to savour, from the yearning of the strings’ raga-like melodies to Kim’s pearly keyboard runs evoking the cascading notes of the Indian sitar.

 

NZ Herald article here

William Dart, NZ Herald

Review by: William Dart - NZ Herald

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Hugest congrats to our artful compatriots Stella Bennett (Benee), Joshua Fountain and Djeisan Suskov for snagging the Silver Scroll for “Glitter”, and also to good friend of the trio Michael Norris for landing the SouNZ Contemporary Award for “Mātauranga” at this evening’s socially distant APRA Silver Scrolls awards ceremony. Big ups to Rob Ruha for nabbing the Maioha award for “Ka Mānu”, and also to Karl Steven and David Long getting gongs for their screen scores (“Come to Daddy” and “The Luminaries” respectively). Totally awesome.

With full hearts, we celebrate Aotearoa’s dynamic musical landscape. Cheers to you!!

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If you're in or around beautiful Hawke's Bay New Zealand this long weekend, be sure and get your arts fix at the Harcourts Hawke's Bay Arts Festival. Would love to see you there for our last performance of InterFusions Sunday Oct 25th, 5:30pm. Click through for more festival programme details. Happy Friday!!

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