27 Jun 2018

Upbeat for Wednesday 27 June

From Upbeat, 11:19 am on 27 June 2018



We mark the passing of Robert Pascall, an influential scholar on the music of Brahms and its performance and we go on a musical holiday to the south of Italy with a work that was inspired by Elgar.

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Photo: Public Domain

1pm Gareth Farr’s new Te Kōanga commission

Well known New Zealand composer Gareth Farr has a new string quartet specially written for the visiting Heath Quartet from the U.K. The family of the late Wellington luthier Ian Lyons commissioned the new piece in remembrance of Ian. Clarissa Dunn talks with the effervescent composer about Te Kōanga which means spring or planting season.

Gareth Farr

Gareth Farr Photo: supplied

1.30pm Music takes flight with inspiration from birds

Welsh classical harpist Catrin Finch and virtuosic Senegalese Kora player Seckou Keita have just released their second collaboration. It’s called Soar; the name was inspired by the osprey bird which migrates annually from the West Coast of Wales to Senegal, a similar journey to the one Keita has taken.  Trevor Reekie introduces us to the duo, and the album which is already at the top of international charts.

Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch

Seckou Keita and Catrin Finch Photo: supplied


The Suite of the Day is Telemann’s Overture-Suite in Bb, from Tafelmusik performed by Cologne Musica Antiqua. Reinhard Goebel directs.

Georg Philipp Telemann

Georg Philipp Telemann Photo: Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons