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Piers Lane (pno), Goldner String Quartet

SCHUBERT: String Quartet No 14 in D minor D810, Death & the Maiden; FARR: Te Tai-O-Rehua (première performance); ELGAR: Piano Quintet in A minor Op 84 (recorded in the Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ)

Coming Up on Music Alive

8:00 pm Saturday 1 November: Simone Young

Simone YoungOne of the most exciting and ground-breaking conductors of our time, Simone Young needs little introduction. Her recordings of Bruckner’s Symphonies have established her at the forefront of the repertoire. Bruckner’s music is a mighty ‘cathedral of sound’, with lingering whispers of melodies and great surges of blazing orchestral textures.

Such grandeur finds its equal in Mozart’s exquisitely elegant Linz Symphony No. 36. One of Mozart’s finest, this symphony was composed in an astonishing four days.

New Zealand SO/Simone Young

MOZART: Symphony No 36 in C K425, Linz; BRUCKNER: Symphony No 5 in Bb

This concert was recorded live in Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre by Radio New Zealand

Listen to an interview with Simone Young on Upbeat

8:00 pm Monday 3 November: Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2

Gustav MahlerKnown as The Resurrection Symphony, Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2 was one of his most popular and successful works during his lifetime. 

The title has often led to the assumption that Mahler composed this symphony on a religious impulse. But rather than being an expression of Christian faith, the symphony reflects Mahler's enduring optimism for mankind and his lifelong fascination with the beauty he believed lay within the afterlife.

The 200 musicians on the stage take their listeners on a journey of emotion and feeling that concludes with one of the most exultant moments in music.

Recorded live in the New Zealand Air Force Museum by Radio New Zealand  

Listen to an Upbeat interview with Tom Woods and flautist Tanya Vincent.

8:00 pm Wednesday 5 November: Inon Barnatan

Inon BarnatanBrahms worked on his First Piano Concerto for many years. After a prolonged gestation period, it was first performed on January 22 1859, in Hanover when Brahms was just 25 years old. Five days later, at Leipzig an unenthusiastic audience hissed at the concerto while critics savaged it, labelling it "perfectly unorthodox, banal and horrid".

In a letter to his close personal friend, the renowned violinist Joseph Joachim, Brahms stated, "I am only experimenting and feeling my way", adding sadly, "all the same, the hissing was rather too much!" He finally completed the concerto two years after Schumann's death in 1856, by which time his love for Schumann's widow, Clara Schumann, had fully blossomed.

(5) Inon Barnatan (pno), Milwaukee SO/Edo de Waart

SCHUMANN: Manfred Overture Op 115; MACMILLAN: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie; BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor Op 15;

Variations on a theme by Haydn Op 56a

This concert was supplied to Radio New Zealand by WFMT

8:00 pm Thursday 6 November: Romantic Bruckner

BrucknerA virtuoso organist and devout Christian, Anton Bruckner only started composing in his late 30s. While he was demure and slightly awkward, his symphonies are the opposite, none more so than the Fourth Symphony, also known as ‘The Romantic’. 

With a mixture of annoyance and self-pity, Prokofiev once complained that “for a long time I was given no credit for any lyric gift whatever”. By 1917, however, despite the turmoil of the Russian Revolution all around him, Prokofiev had begun to write scores that seemed to favour melodic charm over rhythmic dislocation and found a place again for musical tranquility.

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky (vln), Auckland Philharmonia/Eckehard Stier

PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No 1 in D Op 19


BRUCKNER: Symphony No 4 in Eb, Romantic (RNZ)

This concert will be broadcast direct from the Auckland Town Hall by Radio New Zealand