Tear drops and wrecking balls: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

April 22, 2021 by  

While most of my reviews cover the SSO Masters Series (the substantial concerts that are sponsored by Abercrombie & Kent) every so often I am tugged by the heartstrings to an SSO Symphony Hour performance supported by Credit Suisse.  

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Violetta dies, but La Traviata will live forever: an opera review by Victor Grynberg

March 30, 2021 by  

Two of the most popular operas of all time are Giacomo Puccini’s LA BOHEME and Giuseppe Verdi’s LA TRAVIATA.

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Incidental music on the way to heaven: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

March 14, 2021 by  

Although I’ve often heard the full-strength Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in the Sydney Opera House, it was nearly always teamed with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra in some major, combination work.

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One of the best: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

February 26, 2021 by  

Like a rich layer of icing on a cake that may not have been to everybody’s taste, the SSO sent us home last night haunted by Saint-Saens Symphony No.3, the much loved ‘organ symphony’.

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A flying start despite Covid: a music review by Fraser Beath McEwing

February 11, 2021 by  

“What a privilege it is to make music again” violin soloist Daniel Rohn called to the Covid-thinned Town Hall audience last night before embarking on his stunning Bach encore.

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