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Pictures at an Exhibition (Mussorgsky); Album for the Young (Tchaikowsky)

Sun, 06 Dec 2015 20:13:32 +0000

Pictures at an Exhibition Review

Henri Herz: Piano Concerto No 2

Sun, 06 Dec 2015 00:42:39 +0000

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Howard Shelley (conductor/ piano) Hyperion CDA68100 TPT: 65’ 10” reviewed by Neville Cohn       Henri Herz is not a great composer: his lack of depth rules him out of contention. But – and it is a big but – he is a first rate craftsman. Notwithstanding ideas and their development […]

Eric Zeisl

Tue, 27 Oct 2015 17:48:05 +0000

UCLA Philharmonia cond. Neal Stulberg Antonio Lysy (cello) Yarlung Records 96820 reviewed by Neville Cohn   During intermission at a recent concert, I asked a number of people at random if they knew who Eric Zeisl was. Two looked at me blankly and shrugged their shoulders, saying they’d never before heard the name. Another thought […]

Black Swan Theatre Company

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 00:20:43 +0000

Too infrequently, a new play is mounted which has the seemingly effortless ability to draw the viewer - in the most meaningful way - into the world created by the dramatist.

Stereo Action

Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:55:55 +0000

  Defying Gravity WAAPA Music Auditorium reviewed by Neville Cohn   By just about any yardstick, Stereo Action was a thundering success. True, at times, fingers in ears were necessary to mitigate, at least to some degree, the massive sonic blasts which punctuated the evening’s proceedings. Perhaps the area of sound absorbing panels on the […]

Franz Schubert

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 02:15:55 +0000

Death and the Maiden Quartet “Unfinished” Symphony Goldstone & Clemmow (piano duet) Divine Art dda 25125 TTP: 73’55”   The Chamber Eroica Symphony No 3 in E Flat (Beethoven) Version for piano quartet Metier msvcd 2008 TTP: 49’01” reviewed by Neville Cohn   Schubert’s Death and the Maiden Quartet is one of the composer’s most […]

Mozart fortepiano duets

Thu, 13 Aug 2015 01:48:13 +0000

  Geoffrey Lancaster and Alan Hicks (fortepiano) Eileen Joyce Studio, University of Western Australia reviewed by Neville Cohn   Exquisite music offered in one of the world’s most beautiful performing spaces made this homage to Mozart an experience to cherish.   Sadly, Mozart’s music for piano duet is seldom heard in public. Rarer still are […]

Music on the Terrace

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 22:39:05 +0000

Beautiful Witness Government House Ballroom reviewed by Neville Cohn   For more than three decades, I have attended all manner of performances at Government House Ballroom, mostly in connection with PIAF productions in earlier years and, more recently, Music on the Terrace presentations.   On Sunday, I encountered a unique offering at that celebrated venue: […]

Artemis Quartet

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:27:11 +0000

Mendelssohn String Quartets: No 2 (opus 13); No 3 (opus 44 No 1); No 6 (opus 80) Erato 0825646366903 TPT: 87’ 41” (2 CD) reviewed by Neville Cohn   In a more enlightened world than existed when Fanny – sister to Felix Mendelssohn – lived her tragically brief life, she’d have had far greater recognition […]

Sokolov: The Salzburg Recital

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:23:46 +0000

Like those two great pianists of an earlier era - Dame Myra Hess in the UK and Leopold Godowsky in the USA – Grigory Sokolov finds studio recordings enormously stressful.

Island Songs

Tue, 07 Jul 2015 21:19:31 +0000

To listen to the music of Peter Sculthorpe is to be drawn instantly into a unique sound and mood world – and this is exquisitely apparent in his Island Songs, one of his last scores and written expressly for saxophonist extraordinaire Amy Dickson.

A Viennese Bouquet

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 08:05:02 +0000

  Jonathan  Paget (guitar)/ Stewart Smith (piano) The Grove Library, Peppermint Grove reviewed by Neville Cohn   Billed as a program of music from the age of Jane Austen, two leading Perth musicians took an attentive audience on a journey back in time. Jonathan Paget played a Bauer guitar manufactured around 1840 in Vienna – […]

Vademecum – a Human Odyssey

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 07:51:16 +0000

    devised and presented by Alex Cohen AO Callaway Auditorium   reviewed by Neville Cohn       Quite the most memorable of the offerings at this fascinating presentation was an account of Gerald Finzi’s Dies Natalis featuring The School of Music Chamber Orchestra and soprano Sara Macliver.   Clear diction is a crucial […]

Medea (Benda)

Tue, 26 May 2015 21:35:46 +0000

  Geoffrey Lancaster (fortepiano) and friends WAAPA Music Auditorium reviewed by Neville Cohn   For many, if not most, the word ‘melodrama’ evokes movies of the silent era in which, say, the heroine is tied to railway tracks as a steam train bears down inexorably  towards the terrified victim while the villain of the piece […]

Incense and Arabie

Mon, 18 May 2015 05:41:48 +0000

  Duncan Gardiner (guitar) and friends TPT: 54’ 00” reviewed by Neville Cohn   Excellent diction and a plaintive melody line from Lucinda Rae with steady guitar chords and Louise McKay’s gentle  cello musings make Gardiner’s Incense and Arabie a splendid opening track.   An arrangement of Greensleeves, that timeless Tudor evergreen, is given most […]


Tue, 12 May 2015 07:32:14 +0000

  2nd & 3rd-year WAAPA dance students reviewed by Helga Sand For followers of the dance, it was an evening of fascination revealing, as it did, not only the creative gifts of the choreographers but the focus and commitment of the students of WAAPA’s dance department.   I particularly admired Xianrong Xiao’s Flowing Stone which, […]

All My Sons (Arthur Miller)

Sun, 03 May 2015 01:29:04 +0000

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons comes across with implacable, near-overwhelming intensity, a tour de force with young actors giving proof of significant potential.

Songs My Mother Taught Me

Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:48:10 +0000

  Nemanja Radulovic (violin) and friends DGG 479 4922 reviewed by Neville Cohn   If you’ve not yet come across the name Nemanja Radulovic, make a note of it. Because if his recent debut CD for DGG, titled Songs My Mother Taught Me, is anything to go by, this young man with an immense shock […]

Johann Peter Pixis: Concerto in C, opus 100; Concertino in E flat, opus 68

Sun, 26 Apr 2015 15:44:30 +0000

  Sigismund Thalberg: Concerto in F minor, opus 5 Howard Shelley (piano and conductor) Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Hyperion CDA67915 TPT: 70’10” reviewed by Neville Cohn   Recently, I conducted a mini-poll at an orchestral concert. During the interval, I asked a number of people whether they knew who Johann Peter Pixis was. No one had […]