was Sunday 26 June

New Zealand Chamber Soloists

“The players captured perfectly this tumultuousness through exquisitely balanced intonation in the opening introduction and ferociously rhythmic playing through the unison passages” – (Chalium Poppy – Tauranga 2021)


Martinů:        Trio No 2 in D minor
Helen BOWATER: Fekete Folyó (Black River)

Janáček:        Violin Sonata
Dvořák:         Trio No 3 in F minor, Opus 65

Katherine Austin (piano), James Tennant (cello), Lara Hall (violin)

A visit to Waikanae from the New Zealand Chamber Soloists is well overdue – they last played for us in 2010. Formed in 2006, the core group of the ensemble is a piano trio who all teach at Waikato University Conservatorium of Music as well as performing regularly throughout New Zealand and overseas. Pianist Katherine Austin and cellist James Tennant were frequent visitors to Waikanae in earlier days with various

The musicians of New Zealand Chamber Soloists have named this programme ‘Czech Mates’. They write that it “brings the gorgeous colours and flavours of Czech music – the folklore, the strong feeling – both intense and delicate, the incredible life and sparkle, and the inner depths of imagination.”

Well-known and loved, the music of Dvořák never fails to delight; less familiar are the works of his two later compatriots – Martinů and Janáček. The Martinů Trio continues the tradition of Dvořák – tuneful, attractive and rhythmic. It is good to have an opportunity to hear the seldom played Janáček Sonata. Premiered in 1922, it is a short and concentrated work in the typical late style of the composer, with swift changes of tempo and intense emotional expression.