Guitar quartet performance lifts the soul

JANET WHITTINGTON
Last updated 05:00 09/02/2013

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Choral performance enchants Concert showcases fine talents A showcase of classical mastery A real treat for keen audience Enjoyment for all at finale Much to admire in show of two halves Vibrant women give their all in finale Top singers could do with an update Delightful date with calendar girls Quartet's playing exquisite

REVIEW: New Zealand Guitar Quartet. Nelson School of Music. Saturday 9th February 2013

To me, there is only one thing nicer than the lovely liquid sound of a classical guitar and that is more of them.

Then the only thing that would top that off is exquisitely skilled classical guitarists playing them. Hence, I knew I was going to write a glowing review before I went. I have heard these young talented 25-35 year old Wellingtonians before and am in awe and envy of their expertise.

Today we had a treat not only in the fabulous playing, but also the pieces they chose. We relaxed into several Renaissance works, including Bach’s very familiar Brandenburg concerto No3. It was a treat to hearseveral modern pieces, especially the world premiere of our own New Zealander John Rimmer’s original piece; “Nelsonian Riff’s”.

We had to like the name, but the piece was equally interesting, as it avoided all the known jazz and rock riffs for the more sophisticated and interesting classical moves. He took an extra bow and round of applause because he was also in the audience today.

Owen Moriarty re-arranged a lot of the pieces they played from orchestral origins. Their choice of Andalusian, South American and finally a Chilean/Italian encore covered all the major themes in classical guitar. The audience, representing all age ranges and not quite filling the auditorium, cheered and enjoyed every note.

Even if you are not a chamber music fan, I would especially recommend attending this group’s performance next time they are in Nelson. They play appealing music that lifts your soul.

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