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Fantastique, from Berlioz's great symphony, was also an apt description for the evening.
William Dart reviews Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's presentation of Fidelio.
REVIEW: Joyous medley of Hungarian folk tunes to welcome APO's returning music director.
The APO's excellent strings fuelled both momentum and body.
REVIEW: The evening's centrepiece was an evocative timpani concerto written by Kalevi Aho.
Michael Houstoun's achievement — a Beethoven Birthday Concert on the actual day itself.
William Dart reviews NZTrio's final concert of the year.
Andrew Joyce's opening cello concerto was anything but an earthbound experience
Sunday night's Gala Concert drew a full house.
REVIEW: Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's second post-lockdown performance.
Choral performance a masterclass in making classics truly breath-taking.
Youthful musicians achieve a bold goal, writes William Dart.
Spontaneous roars of approval start Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's year.
REVIEW: APO's Conflict and Triumph was as assured as ever.
William Dart on the NZSO's Great concert - one of the finest of the year.
2001 Space Odyssey's iconic music allowed to unleash its full power.
Saving the best till last - Chamber Music NZ signs off 2019 in style.
Chamber Music New Zealand saved its best till last, signing off 2019 with Quatuor Ebene.
Bach Musica continues proud tradition of bringing music off familiar repertoire trails.
Viktoria Mullova shows why she's one of the biggest stars of classical music.
Two of the greatest classical musicians alive treat APO fans to the concert of a lifetime.
Rachmaninov a tough act to follow but pianist Louis Lortie showed no fear.
NZ Symphony Orchestra in continued good form with rousing Beethoven finale.
Fine French symphonies transport APO audiences from bleak Auckland winter.
NZ Symphony Orchestra's ode to Beethoven a monumental achievement.
Conductor Carlos Kalmar: We are all in this together - how the NZSO uses music to unite.
APO musicians stay cool and perform under pressure when faced with change of conductor.
Was this visiting musician up to the demands of solo jazz piano, asks William Dart.
The winner of the 2019 Michael Hill International Violin Competition is named.
Violinist James Ehnes energises Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, says William Dart
A birthday celebration for one of NZ's greatest composers is a welcome present.
The NZ Symphony Orchestra's "love eternal" a revelation, writes William Dart.
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra takes audiences from concert hall to glorious landscapes.
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra does full justice to rarely-performed grand composition.
Arts Festival pulls off major coup getting wild and wonderful Magic Flute to Auckland.
The NZ Symphony Orchestra goes on a classical journey; an NZ musical stopover is missed.