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Reviews

BEETHOVEN 7

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
20 March, 2017

"Orchestra and conductor seemed positively to revel in this joyful, high-stepping masterpiece that, no matter how often heard, invariably lifts the spirits." Read more


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TRIFONOV PLAYS TCHAIKOVSKY

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
6 March, 2017

"The young musician was on fire, making these so frequently heard pages sound wondrously fresh, alluring, flawless, phenomenal. Trifonov played the concerto as if it belonged to him." Read more


city of perth symphony in the city 2016

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
12 December, 2016

"It was a perfect evening for a 10th birthday celebration concert: a blessedly cool breeze — and an audience of thousands, many with babes in prams and picnic hampers." Read more


 

an evening with missy higgins & waso

Rosanna Chandler, The West Australian
5 December, 2016

"Just like a great dancer needs a great partner, Higgins’ strong and distinctive voice matched beautifully with WASO’s grand, cinematic orchestrations." Read more


HANDEL'S MESSIAH

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
5 December, 2016

"...there was an enhancing freshness about the presentation, an abundance of vocal and instrumental energy, and a sense of adventure that made for gratifying listening." Read more


HANDEl's MESSIAH

Rosalind Appleby, Limelight Magazine
5 December, 2016

"Repeated phrases became whisper soft echoes while exciting crescendos were built from repeated sequences." Read more


ASHER FISCH & WASO: STUART SKELTON SINGS WAGNER

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
28 November, 2016

"In more than three decades of attending performances by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, I cannot recall a Masters series finale of such significance as this one on Saturday night." Read more


ASHER FISCH & WASO: STUART SKELTON SINGS WAGNER

Rosalind Appleby, Limelight Magazine
27 November, 2016

"The dream team was most evident in Parsifal where the orchestra played equal partner to Skelton with Fisch and Skelton dovetailing with great attentiveness." Read more


ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS symphonie fantastique

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
22 November, 2016

"I relished every moment of this memorable performance coming across, as it did, in consistently high style, in turn tender, aggressive, introspective and celebratory – and all offered at just the right emotional temperature." Read more


david bowie - nothing has changed: a tribute with waso

Lisa Quartermain, PerthNow
11 November, 2016

"The show was not about impersonating the irreplaceable legend but interpreting his trailblazing music and persona, with orchestral arrangements that were specially commissioned for the concert series adding to the unique experience." Read more


from broadway to hollywood

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
7 November, 2016

"Although this isn’t the sort of repertoire that the WASO performs frequently, the players embraced the genre with gusto. They seemed positively to relish coming to grips with selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. It was one of the evening’s highlights and it brought the first half to an invigorating close." Read more


INTERNATIONAL TOUR

Abu Dhabi City Guide
7 October, 2016

"The curtain opened on a new eight-month-long season of Abu Dhabi Classics last night in front of more than 900 people at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi with a debut performance in the UAE of one of Australia’s most prestigious orchestras." Read more


Asher Fisch & WASO: Tour de Force 

Cicely Binford, Perth Arts Live
3 October, 2016

"After several ovations, Thibaudet returns to the stage for an encore with a Brahms Klavierstucke of an entirely different character: delicate, sweeping, and gentle; with this piece, we become aware that Thibaudet doesn’t just play piano, he plays us. We’re held suspended by the music that moves through him."  Read more


ASHER FISCH & WASO: Tour de FORCE

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
3 October, 2016

"...with conductor Asher Fisch on the podium, WASO not only impressively flexed its sonic muscles but responded with consistent finesse to the conductor’s subtlest baton gesture." Read more


BAIBA SKRIDE PLAYS MOZART

Mae Anthony, Dicksey Magazine
1 September, 2016

"The beauty in WASO’s performance was how they showed all of the big, beautiful sound of Brahms. The orchestra moulded a ginormous sound that fit the acoustic of the Perth Concert Hall perfectly, with specific praise to the strength of the brass and wind sections who, along with the excellent programing and amazing guest artistry of Baiba Skride, made the night." Read more


BAIBA SKRIDE PLAYS MOZART

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
29 August, 2016

" Purity of tone, flawless bowing and a wonderful sense of style were presented at such a phenomenally high level, it was artistry of the highest order." Read more


Asher Fisch conducts Schubert & BartOk

Clive Paget, Limelight
20 August, 2016

"WASO are riding the crest of a wave right now." Read more


The planets & the rite of spring 

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
8 August, 2016

"It was riveting: music of barbaric splendour with pounding, off-beat rhythms and ear-grating dissonances that repelled and fascinated." Read more


THE PLANETS & THE RITE OF SPRING

Sandra Bowdler, Bachtrak
8 August, 2016

"This was one of the most exciting concerts seen in Perth, and indeed Australia, for a long time." Read more


THE PLANETS & THE RITE OF SPRING

Cicely Binford, Perth Arts Live
5 August, 2016

"And the orchestra maintains its fervent, unflagging, relentless pursuit of Stravinsky’s incredible score, driving every syncopated rhythm mercilessly, diving deep into its dissonant chords." Read more

   

HEROIC BEETHOVEN

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
1 August, 2016

"Beethoven as Titan was well to the fore as Young took the WASO through the Eroica Symphony, from which conductor and orchestra emerged with banners flying triumphantly." Read more


CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

Neville Cohn, Ozartsreview
27 July, 2016

"This was a WASO concert to relish – and for the very best reasons." Read more


CIRQUE DE LA SYMPHONIE

Rosalind Appleby, The West Australian
25 July, 2016

"A sell-out crowd packed the Perth Concert Hall to witness the wordwide phenomenon of Cirque de la Symphonie collaborating with the WA Symphony Orchestra." Read more


SIMONE LAMSMA PlAYS TCHAIKOVSKY

Neville Cohen, The West Australian
3 June, 2016

" Crucially, too, the soloist had the very real advantage of a first-rate accompaniment from a WASO in best form."  Read more


PETER AND THE WOLF

Rosalind Appleby, The West Australian
27 June, 2016

"It was fabulous to see WASO investing so wholeheartedly in the vital job of reaching a young audience. The high demand for tickets during Education Week indicates there is no shortage of parents and children keen to give the adventure of classical music a go." Read more


VIVALDi's GLORIA

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
13 June, 2016

"Elena Kats-Chernin’s Prelude and Cube made for intriguing listening at this first performance in Perth. Matthew Styles on soprano saxophone stood to one side of the stage, a tonally pure line soaring like some gently sonic meteor over the adjacent musicians." Read more


BEHZOD ABDURAIMOV PLAYS PROKOFIEV  

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
6 June, 2016

"Every target hit home. And in faultless style."  Read more


MENDELSSOHN'S VIOLIN CONCERTO

Will Yeoman, Limelight
26 April, 2016

"This concert was chiefly remarkable for new WASO concertmaster West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Laurence Jackson, Johannes Fritzsch making his solo debut with this orchestra in Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor" Read more


MENDELSSOHN'S VIOLIN CONCERTO

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
25 April, 2016

"Blessedly free of the sort of self-indulgence that so often mars performances of the work in the name of “interpretation”, Jackson could not be faulted." Read more


ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS RESURRECTION

Will Yeoman, Limelight
8 April, 2016

" Not only did the combined forces of the WASO Chorus and UWA Symphonic Chorus sing with breathtaking dignity and forceful sonority; Campbell and the terrific young soprano Kiandra Howarth glistened as diamonds amongst the sometimes rocky, sometimes gently undulating orchestral landscape so profoundly realized by Fisch and a superbly on form WASO." Read more


ASHER FISCH CONDUCTS RESURRECTION

Neville Cohn, The West Australian
20 August, 2016

"WASO are riding the crest of a wave right now." Read more