Four out of six were made in Australia…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

October 19, 2017 by  

The SSO’s Emirates Metro Series chose the theme of fire for its Opera House concert last night. And fiery it was – mostly. Australian composer Brett Dean conducted his own Fire Music while Australian pianist, Piers Lane, had to fire up to get into the ring with Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 in D minor leaving Sibelius to represent Finland with six minutes of Scene with Cranes Op 44 No2. Read more

Two old friends and a stranger…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

August 24, 2017 by  

The SSO concert last night just kept getting better as it went from Mendelssohn to Mackey to Dvorak. Read more

Imogen Cooper gave a scholarly performance

August 22, 2017 by  

Although the tiger never got out of the cage, English pianist Imogen Cooper gave an impeccable account of Beethoven, Haydn and Ades at Sydney’s Recital Hall…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Australian World Orchestra’s  chamber spin-off…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

July 26, 2017 by  

With the veracity and popularity of the Australian World Orchestra now firmly established, its creators, led by conductor Alexander Briger, no doubt feel the need for development. That’s what last night’s chamber music concert was all about. Read more

Mahler’s longest – but worth the wait: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

The perceived popularity of Mahler’s third symphony was illustrated by the SSO scheduling four performances, three of them in its APT Master Series – rare for any work. The first, in the Opera House last night, vindicated the decision, with a virtually full house which was rewarded with an outstanding musical event. Read more

Out of the Shadows: rediscovering Jewish music and theatre

July 4, 2017 by  

Music and theatrical works of Jewish refugee artists fleeing fascist persecution in the 1930s and 1940s will be rediscovered in a one-off festival staged by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Seymour Centre next month. Read more

A bit of Bach and a bunch of Brahms…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

A hearty main meal had been prepared for Brahms lovers, but not before Israeli/American pianist, Orli Shaham, had served up a substantial starter of Bach. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

July 3, 2017 by  

The last of a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Erwin Schulhoff   [1894-1942]. Read more

And then along came Yuja: a music review

What started out as a ‘special event’ SSO concert, then fell in a hole when the star attraction pulled out, finished up as a roaring success – thanks to a sexy Chinese girl pianist in a stunning, partly see-through evening dress…writes Fraser Beath McEwing Read more

The Australian World Orchestra returns

June 22, 2017 by  

The Australian World Orchestra (AWO) has announced two major performance events for their 2017 season, with internationally renowned conductor Simone Young returning to lead musicians from the AWO and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) in a spectacular one-off performance of Olivier Messiaen’s orchestral masterpiece Turangalîla-Symphonie at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

June 17, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features  Darius Mihaud (1892-1974). Read more

Hard at the top: Fraser Beath McEwing meets composer Elena Kats-Chernin

June 12, 2017 by  

Composing classical music is a fraught occupation and Elena Kats-Chernin is not exempt from feeling its pressure. Read more

Tsujii set the feet stamping…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

May 23, 2017 by  

Japanese pianist, Nobuyuki Tsujii, sent the usually reserved Sydney Recital Hall audience into rapturous applause last night, and it wasn’t because he has been able to totally conquer the restrictions of blindness from birth. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

May 4, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Bertholdt Goldschmidt (1903-1996). Read more

Mozart with differences: Fraser Beath McEwing report from New York

April 21, 2017 by  

My reviews usually come from the Sydney Opera House but this time I’m reporting from Carnegie Hall in New York on a J-Wire special assignment. Read more

Klezmatics and David Krakauer heading to Australia

April 16, 2017 by  

In news for lovers of Jewish music, Sydney is set to thrill to a double dose of the finest international world music stars in the genre. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

April 7, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Adolf Busch (1891-1952).  Read more

A night of rich rewards…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 30, 2017 by  

A blend of Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss provided an uplifting SSO concert last night. I dips me lid to the programmers. Read more

Uncommon music for the common man…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 15, 2017 by  

Calling its program ‘Symphony for the Common Man’, the SSO presented music by Ford, Rachmaninov and Copeland in an interesting mix of Australian, Russian and American composers. Read more

They stood and cheered…a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

After hearing Russian pianist, Daniil Trifonov play Rachmaninov’s First Piano Concerto last week in the Opera House, I eagerly anticipated his solo recital last night. I came away not just impressed, but gobsmacked, writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

The Russian boys get together: a music review

The APT Master Series opened its SSO 2017 season at the Sydney Opera House with a cleverly conceived and superbly executed concert dominated by Russians…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

The lion was let out…a music review by FraserBeath McEwing

February 19, 2017 by  

I enthusiastically joined an almost full house at the Sydney Opera House to hear the embedded grand organ played – as I have occasionally done in the past – but nothing prepared me for uplift and grandeur produced by English-born, Australian-educated organist, Joseph Nolan…writes Fraser Beath McEwing. Read more

Meet Karen Feldman

February 19, 2017 by  

Karen Feldman’s Mazl is in Yiddish Songs, a journey she has taken over many years…now finally recorded on a CD, remotely collaborated with musical director Adam Starr and musical arranger John Sharpley. A video interview. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

February 12, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis…this month features Arnold Schoenberg. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

January 27, 2017 by  

Continuing a series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

January 6, 2017 by  

Continuing the series by Stevie Whitmont of music banned by the Nazis. Read more

London Klezmer to tour Australasia

December 15, 2016 by  

Much-loved international klezmer ensemble the London Klezmer Quartet return to Australasia in January 2017  and will feature music from  their latest hit album. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

December 2, 2016 by  

A monthly series by Stevie Whitmont of vignettes of Jewish composers banned in by Nazis. This month features Henriëtte Bosmans. Read more

Forbidden Music: Composers banned by the Third Reich

November 4, 2016 by  

J-Wire publishes a monthly series by Stevie Whitmont of vignettes of Jewish composers banned in by Nazis. This month features Hans Gál. Read more

JS Bach: Goldberg Variations, played by Sarah Grunstein

October 29, 2016 by  

A performance of JS Bach’s “Goldberg” Variations for keyboard is a rare treat…writes William Brooks. Read more

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