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8:00 pm Wednesday 30 July: Music Alive

8:00 pm Thursday 31 July: John Corigliano

John CoriglianoTonight’s Auckland Philharmonia concert opens with Wagner’s famous overture from Die Meistersinger, followed by American composer John Corigliano’s melodic The Red Violin Concerto which was composed using themes from the music for the film of the same name.  The concerto, known for its virtuosic writing, is performed by acclaimed British soloist Chloë Hanslip.

Corigliano says The Red Violin gave him an opportunity to visit his own past, for his father, John Corigliano  was a great solo violinist and the concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for more than a quarter of a century.  “My childhood years were punctuated by snatches of the great concertos being practiced by my father. It is no wonder that the concerto form, and the violin concerto in particular, has a deep place in my heart. I have written a half-dozen concerti, but this is my first one for my first love, the violin.

“It is an “in the great tradition” kind of concerto, because I wrote it in an attempt to write the piece my father would love to play. Because he inspired it, it is dedicated to his memory. The story of The Red Violin is perfect for a lover of the repertoire and the instrument. It spans three centuries in the life of a magnificent but haunted violin in its travels through time and space.”

Tonight’s concert concludes with Stravinsky’s beloved ballet Petrushka which uses vivid orchestral colours to tell the miraculous story of a puppet that comes to life.

Chloë Hanslip (vln), Auckland Philharmonia/Eckehard Stier

WAGNER: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg, Prelude; CORIGLIANO: Violin Concerto, The Red Violin; STRAVINSKY: Petrushka (recorded in Auckland Town Hall by RNZ)

This concert was recorded live in  the Auckland Town Hall by Radio New Zealand

8:00 pm Saturday 2 August: Shakespeare

ShakespearKorngold’s Much Ado About Nothing Suite is a perfect demonstration of the lush melodies that made him such a popular film composer. And it was for a film version of Henry V that Walton composed his regal and resplendent score, while Mendelssohn’s incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream overflows with musical magic.

Balancing these iridescent works is Strauss’s symphonic poem Macbeth. A declaration of his faith in modernism, the work is unashamedly dramatic. Led by the supreme musicianship of British conductor Alexander Shelley, this concert brings the Bard to life in a "concord of sweet sounds".

Shakespeare in Music

New Zealand SO/Alexander Shelley (speaker)

KORNGOLD: Much Ado About Nothing Suite Op 11; MENDELSSOHN: Overture; Scherzo; Wedding March, from A Midsummer Night's Dream Op 61


WALTON: Henry V Suite; STRAUSS: Macbeth Op 23 (RNZ)

This concert will be recorded live and broadcast at the later time of 8.00 pm from Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre by Radio New Zealand

8:00 pm Monday 4 August: John Chen

chenIncluded on the programme are works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Hindemith, Bach and Samuel Barber’s Piano Sonata Op 26, one of the masterworks of the 20th-century piano literature, and certainly the most often performed American piano sonata today.

It was commissioned by the League of American Composers for their 25th anniversary celebrations, and premiered by Vladimir Horowitz. Horowitz was enthralled with the sonata, deeming it the first truly great American work in this form. John Chen was the youngest ever winner of the 2004 Sydney International Piano Competition. Since then, he has performed across Europe, Asia and North America.

John Chen (pno)

BARBER: Piano Sonata Op 26; BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No 32 in C minor Op 111; MENDELSSOHN: Seven Characteristic Pieces Op 7, No 3 in D, Kräftig und feurig; No 5 in A, Fuga, Ernst und mit steigender Lebhaftigkeit; HINDEMITH: Piano Sonata No 3 in Bb; BACH: Third & Sixth movements, Courante & Gigue, from Partita No 1 in Bb BWV825

This concert was recorded live at the Music Theatre, University of Auckland School of Music 

8:00 pm Wednesday 6 August: Journey to Silence

Colin CurrieCurrie performed Veni Veni Emmanuel when he was in New Zealand in 2010 as guest soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra 

MacMillan’s heaven-and-earth-shaking percussion concerto Veni, Veni, Emmanuel has become a contemporary classic, electrifying audiences with its savage joy. From quiet heartbeats to an explosive, dancing finale, this concerto is a stunning demonstration of soloist Colin Currie’s skill and athleticism: he plays dozens of drums, gongs, marimba and bells.

(2) Colin Currie (percussion), MDR Leipzig Radio Chorus & SO/Kristjan Järvi

ADAMS: Desert chorus, from The Death of Klinghoffer; MACMILLAN: Veni, veni, Emmanuel; CURRIE: Improvisation; REICH: Desert Music; SCHNYDER: Sand (recorded in the Gewandhaus, Leipzig by German Radio)

This concert was recorded live in the Leipzig Gewandhaus by German Radio