Programme Notes

by Chamber Music New Zealand

From Chamber Music New Zealand, ‘Programme Notes’ is a tour of classical music from the central figures and ideas to the esoteric marginalia. Each episode relates to a Chamber Music New Zealand tour, pulling on some tantalising thread the concert programme offers, but what unravels stands alone too. Hosted by Clarissa Dunn, 'Programme Notes' is a podcast for the curious music lover. 

Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • S01 E05 - Hopeless Romantic

    S01 E05 - Hopeless Romantic

    How much should we draw lines between the personal lives of artists and the creative innovations in their careers?Arnold Schoenberg‘s relationship with his first wife Mathilde was one of extremes. They fell in love on holiday, and...

  • S01 E04 - Gabriel Fauré and the belle époque Parisian Salon

    S01 E04 - Gabriel Fauré and the belle époque Parisian Salon

    The salon was an important environment for the Parisian artist, philosopher, poet, socialite and musician during the belle époque. A dapper young composer with a charismatic moustache could really rub elbows with the right people ...

  • S01 E03 - Musical Time

    S01 E03 - Musical Time

    Time is at the heart of the musical artform.It is measured in heartbeats, sentences, or the pragmatic click-clacking of a metronome. It dulls the monotony of the waiting room, or represents the cycling of the seasons. Music can wh...

  • S01 E02 - Night and Music

    S01 E02 - Night and Music

    What makes Beethoven’s famous sonata so moonlit? Why does a lullaby feel like a warm blanket? What are the ingredients of a nocturne? Aren’t crickets and frogs neat?There is a wealth of classical music about and of the night. The ...

  • S01 E01 - Schoenberg: looking back, looking forward

    S01 E01 - Schoenberg: looking back, looking forward

    Verklärte Nacht ('Transfigured Night') is a piece that sits at a series of divides.Written at the end of the 19th century and first performed at the beginning of the 20th. Composed by a young Arnold Schoenberg, toast of Vienna, bu...