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8:00 PM Today

Ingrid Hagan (bsn), Auckland Philharmonia/Tito Muñoz

DVORÁK: Slavonic Dances, in C Op 46/1; in E minor Op 72/2; in G minor Op 46/8; J WILLIAMS: The Five Sacred Trees, Concerto for bassoon & orchestra; LUTOSLAWSKI: Concerto for Orchestra (recorded in the Auckland Town Hall by RNZ)

8:00 PM Tomorrow

Direct from Auckland Town Hall

Settling the Score Live!

The Big Reveal - Wallace Chapman and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with Tecwyn Evans conducting take to the stage to perform some of the orchestral works voted most popular in the 2014 poll (RNZ)

8:00 pm on Saturday (29 Nov 2014)

Madeleine Pierard (sop), Orchestra Wellington/Marc Taddei

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No 1; BERIO: Folk Songs; PALMER: Solid Gold (première performance); BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 8 in F Op 93 (recorded in the Wellington Opera House by RNZ)

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8:00 pm Thursday 27 November: Slavonic Dances

Witold LutoslawskiIncluded in the programme, Slavonic Dances by Dvorák, John Williams’ The Five Sacred Trees, Concerto for bassoon and orchestra with Ingrid Hagan as soloist and Lutoslawski’s Concerto for Orchestra.

Living in the domain of the Communist regime of the day, Lutoslawski was forced to adopt the party line of folk music as the preferred voice of true realism. Indeed, his first symphony (1948) was judged too experimental, and branded as formalist, but Lutosławski was in good company, since both Shostakovich and Prokofiev were similarly condemned in the same year.
The political climate had much improved by the time Lutosławski finished his Concerto for Orchestra. Stalin had died and the political thaw had begun. None the less, Lutosławski continued to rely heavily on folksong, often shot through with his own spikier, modernist style.

Ingrid Hagan (bsn), Auckland Philharmonia/Tito Muñoz

DVORÁK: Slavonic Dances, in C Op 46/1; in E minor Op 72/2; in G minor Op 46/8; J WILLIAMS: The Five Sacred Trees, Concerto for bassoon & orchestra; LUTOSLAWSKI: Concerto for Orchestra 

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

8:00 pm Saturday 29 November: Madeleine Pierard

Madeleine PierardLuciano Berio’s Folk Songs are imaginative arrangements inspired by folk songs and folk singers from diverse places ranging from Azerbaijan and the Auvergne to Sicily, Sardinia, and Kentucky. Their theme is love.

Orchestra Wellington’s composer in residence Juliet Palmer also takes love as her theme in her new work, Solid Gold. ‘I want to to know what love is?” Palmer says. “What does love mean? And who exactly is the singer?” Two works by Beethoven begin and end the concert – his Leonore Overture No 1, and his witty Eighth Symphony.

BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No 1; BERIO: Folk Songs; PALMER: Solid Gold (première performance); BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 8 in F Op 93 (recorded in the Wellington Opera House by RNZ)

This concert was recorded live in the Wellington Opera House by Radio New Zealand.

8:00 pm Monday 1 December: Baroque Voices

Baroque VoicesBaroque Voices, founded in June 1994 by Wellington-based soprano Pepe Becker, is a vocal consort which specialises in pre-Classical music written for ensembles with one voice to a part. The group has a core of singers with considerable experience in both choral and solo performance, especially in the field of early music.

These singers are all committed to using appropriate vocal techniques, ornaments and styles, based on what is known about the performance practices, resources and musical ideals of the era in which music was written. Included in tonight’s concert are works by Hildegard of Bingen, Monteverdi, Jack Body, Wilbye, Handel, Bach, Charpentier, Purcell and Pepe Becker.

(3) Baroque Voices 20th Birthday Concert

Nicola Edgecombe (sop), Phillip Collins (ten), Robert Oliver (viol), Douglas Mews (hpschd/org/pno), Daniel Becker (electric bass), Baroque Voices/Pepe Becker (sop/dir)

HILDEGARD OF BINGEN: O Euchari; MONTEVERDI: Ch'ami la vita mia; ANON: Nowell, sing we; BODY: Nowell, in the Lithuanian manner; ECCARD: Christ ist erstanden; WILBYE: Draw on, sweet night; MACHAUT: Je ne suis mie certeins; HANDEL: Quel fior che all' alba ride; BACH: Komm, Jesu, komm; TRAD arr Becker: Three Irish Songs, Blacksmith; Female rambling sailor; Galbally farmer; TRAD: Noel, Joseph est bien marié; M-A CHARPENTIER: Kyrie, from Messe pour le Port Royale; LOCKE: I know that my redeemer liveth; ANON: A solis ortus; SMYTHE: A solis ortus; BECKER: Kyrie, from Mass of the False Relation; PURCELL: Lost is my quiet; TRAD: Veni, creator spiritus; BODY: Jibrail; DUFAY: Ave maris stella; HARRIS: Ave maris stella; TRAD Catalonian: Ad mortem; SHORTIS: Five Jisei; BECKER: Remembering now, from Brother Sun, Sister Moon; MONTEVERDI: Tornate; Si, ch'io vorrei morire; SMYTHE: Mortalitatis; BACH: Das ist meine Freude.

This concert was recorded live in Sacred Heart Cathedral Wellington by Radio New Zealand

8:00 pm Thursday 4 December: Joanna MacGregor

JoannaMacGregorMessiaen’s life spanned nearly the whole of the 20th century, and his music influenced it enormously. No other composer has been so obsessed with birds and birdsong. From the 1940s until his death, he continually collected and notated birdsong – at home, abroad, and sometimes from recordings. 

In Oiseaux exotiques a few snatches of bird song can be identified here and there, like the opening myna bird call (among 46 others during the piece) The result is a 15-minute work of absolute fascination, accurately described by Messiaen expert Nigel Simeone as “music that has never lost its power to dazzle, to thrill and to enchant”.

Joanna MacGregor (pno), Auckland Philharmonia/John Nelson

RESPIGHI: The Birds; RAVEL: Oiseaux tristes, from Miroirs; DAQUIN: Le Coucou; GUBAIDULINA: The Little Tit, from Musical Toys; F COUPERIN: Le Rossignol en amour; BIRTWISTLE: Oockooing Bird; MESSIAEN: Oiseaux Exotiques; BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 6 in F Op 68, Pastoral.

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