Breathtaking, bewitching, blazing Beethoven!
Edo de Waart guided the work with great skill at the Michael Fowler Centre.

Beethoven Symphonies 1 & 9. New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Edo De Waart, conductor; Madeleine Pierard, Soprano; Simon O’Neill, tenor; Anthony Robin Schneider, bass; Voices NZ Choir. Michael Fowler Centre, Friday, November 23, 2018

This occasion was nothing short of astounding—and clearly, nothing less was expected. Every seat was occupied. Overflow audience were seated behind the choir. Paramedics were on standby in case of a stampede of the claustrophobic. The Band were in the same stellar form they’ve been in all year. Edo was in his element. Voices NZ were exemplary. The four soloists were in splendid fettle—the ladies floatingly elegant then impressively powerful as required; the men … well, Mr O’Neill was polished and spirited as ever, but it’s no disrespect to say that he was overshadowed by Mr Schneider—first, because young Anthony is eleven feet tall, and second, he’s quite simply louder than Simon when in full throttle. What a voice! This is a classic big black basso sonority of which legends are made, and I suspect will be.

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Upper Hutt Posse goes full retard

Credit: Technomage

If you are like me and had never heard of Upper Hutt Posse until last week, here is a quick precis. They are a hip-hop group formed in NZ 30 years ago and have a reputation for challenging the status quo and fighting for social justice in Aotearoa.  One of their albums is called Declaration of Resistance.  To help you to skip right on past it, next time you are in the record shop, there is a picture of the album cover at the bottom of the post.  Technomage has provided us with a more representative version in his artwork above; a more accurate re-brand if you will.

I’ll be honest, hip-hop is just not my musical taste, it makes me want to claw my ears off with my bare hands. But each to his own.  Their music will sink back into the obscurity whence it came; however, their reputation lingers with a foul stench.

The Vodafone NZ Music Awards were held recently and the front man for Upper Hutt Posse, the group that won the Legacy Award, Dean Hapeta, went full retard during his acceptance speech for the Legacy Award.

It was a first-rate example of hate speech, yet there has been limited backlash on Twitter, and no condemnation from the mainstream media at all.

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Can’t stop the music

The arrogance of Hollywood knows no bounds.

Musicians are more than happy to flog off their music to anyone at all, except when Donald Trump plays it.

Trump campaign rally photo credit Washington Times

They are embarrassed at being associated with him through their music being used in his campaign.

A Washington Post reporter alerted Rihanna that her music being played at a recent Donald Trump campaign rally. Quote.

“It’s been said a million times, but here’s a million and one — Trump’s rallies are unlike anything else in politics”, before describing what was unfolding before his eyes:

‘Currently, Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music” is blaring in Chattanooga as aides toss free Trump t-shirts into the crowd, like a ball game. Everyone’s loving it’.

Rihanna fans began to tag the singer in the tweet, asking, “Does Rihanna know her music is being played at a rally? I bet she doesn’t.” Eventually, the tweet found its way onto Rihanna’s timeline and the 30-year-old singer, businesswoman, diplomat and actress responded to it. She wrote:

Not for much longer… me nor my people would ever be at or around one of those tragic rallies, so thanks for the heads up Philip!” End of quote.

Sorry, Rihanna, you can’t stop the music.  You absolutely sold your music rights and you absolutely don’t get to choose who buys it or where they play it and you also absolutely upset a few fans with your little tantie.

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