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Daily critiques from the Canberra International Music Festival

‘Bach for All’ struggles with its staging

Reviewer IAN McLEAN says the “Bach for All” concert in the Canberra International Music Festival was overly ambitious in terms of staging and content.

Concert of extraordinary brilliance

”What a concert. What a performance.” Clearly reviewer ROB KENNEDY has no misgivings spending time with the remarkable pianist Dan Tepfer.

Roland takes Johann to Africa, sort of

Roland Peelman, was drawing a long bow when he linked African music to Johann Sebastian Bach on the strength of a comment by Albert Schweitzer, but he got away with it, says reviewer HELEN MUSA.

An innovative use of Bach

“The abstract orchestral score and the equally abstract vocal lines bore little obvious resemblance to each other but worked together brilliantly to produce a cohesive whole.” CLINTON WHITE reviews “The Children’s Bach”.

Quartet plays music ‘to die for’

"A string quartet can expose music like few other mediums, and when it’s Bach in the hands of the Brodsky Quartet, it is sound quality at its finest," writes reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Music wins in ‘Brexit Blues’

"Was the concert just as confusing as the current Brexit situation? Not at all. The concert was just wonderful," writes IAN McLEAN

Pianist Slava captivates until the end

Vyacheslav Gryaznov took his audience captive with a program that not only showed off his technical prowess, but also his compositional talent, writes CLINTON WHITE.

Ovation ends emotive performance

IT was a memorable evening at the Fitters Workshop when the Canberra International Music Festival presented a major performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's "St John Passion", writes LEN POWER.

Patrons walk through magical garden sounds

"Magic" was the theme of this peripatetic concert, and magic was effectively conjured up, writes HELEN MUSA.

Ntaria Choir’s singing infects audience with joy

Their joy, their love of music, was infectious, writes JUDITH CRISPIN.

Bruckner’s rarely performed quintet shines

Quatuor Voce gave an excellent performance of the work, from the moderate opening movement, through the busy scherzo to the atmospheric adagio, and on to the finale, writes LEN POWER.

Joy of watching good musicians at work

Reviewer IAN McLEAN shares his enjoyment of a morning performance of Bach Akademie Australia.

Faultless Winther’s solo captivation

Kristian Winther on solo violin, playing Bach all from memory is a feat worth paying attention to, says reviewer ROB KENNEDY.

Total delight from start to finish

“I’VE been to a marvellous party”, goes the Noel Coward song. That’s how reviewer LEN POWER felt after the “Latin Romance” concert by Los Pitutos.

French trio reveals the delights of the marimba

IAN McLEAN reviews a French marimba trio who turned on "an enchanting concert that extracted sustained and heartfelt applause from a large audience of well-satisfied attendees".

The buzz that even Bach would have loved

There's a buzz of anticipation in the marquee outside the Fitters’ for the sold-out opening concert of the 25th Canberra International Music Festival, reports reviewer CLINTON WHITE.

Wild tricks burst through lush Baroque sounds

This world premiere performance saw a cross-generational mix of audience members kept on the edge of seats for 90 minutes, writes reviewer HELEN MUSA.

Arts / Peelman goes Bach to the future

THERE was never going to be any mystery about what we’d see in the 2019 Canberra International Music Festival if director Roland Peelman had...

Garden party celebrates Weston Creek’s 50th

ON Sunday, October 28, all Weston Creek residents are invited to celebrate the 50th birthday of Weston Creek at a garden party in the heritage-listed Fetherston Gardens. This is a sponsored post.

Faces of the Canberra International Music Festival

A selection of photos taken by photographer PETER HISLOP from the Canberra International Music Festival.





ACT Health identifies close contacts to new covid cases

A further two travellers from a repatriation flight have been placed in isolation amid concerns that a number of returning Canberrans from overseas could also be affected and test positive for coronavirus. 


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