NZSO CONCERT REVIEW

NZSO CONCERT REVIEW

The NZSO concert was recently held in the Auckland town Hall and this is really the hot topic of the moment. After a short Fanfare from Ross Harris, rising up from a Wagnerian underworld to herald a bright and triplet-laced new world ahead, Anthony Ritchie's A Shakespeare Overture provided the first salute to The Bard.

As impressed as one might be with this student work of the composer, given with all the pizzazz that the players and conductor Hamish McKeich could muster, it still remains a 21-year-old's meld of assorted mid-20th-century masters.

Douglas Lilburn was represented by his Four Canzonas. True, it is difficult not to succumb to the "big tune" of the first, winding through strumming strings, but either his 1942 Allegro or the 1947 Diversions would have been far worthier of inclusion.