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8:00 pm Friday 25 April: Requiem for the Fallen

PoppiesThe work was a collaboration between Ross Harris (composer) and Vincent O’Sullivan (poet) and performed by Horomona Horo (taonga puoro), Richard Greager (tenor), Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, NZ String Quartet conducted by Karen Grylls.

Ross Harris says more than 18,000 New Zealanders died in World War 1. Requiem for the Fallen is written to honour the memory of those soldiers who gave their lives in a war that changed the direction of human history. “Somewhere between the landing at Anzac and the end of the battle of the Somme New Zealand very definitely became a nation.” The work combines movements from the Requiem Mass in Latin with words by Vincent O’Sullivan.

(2) Requiem for the Fallen

Horomona Horo (taonga pūoro), Richard Greager (ten), Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir, New Zealand String Quartet/Karen Grylls

PURCELL: Hear my prayer, O Lord; MESSIAEN: O sacrum convivium; BEETHOVEN: Third movement, Molto adagio, from String Quartet in A minor Op 132; SCHNITTKE: Three sacred hymns;

(Interview: Christine Argyle talks to Ross Harris about his new work, written in commemoration of World War I)

HARRIS: Requiem for the Fallen (première performance & broadcast)

Recorded live in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul by Radio New Zealand

8:20 pm Saturday 26 April: Fireworks and Fantasy

Plamena MangovaAlthough Tchaikovsky’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 1 was first met with thunderous condemnation,and described as the work of an imbecile, Tchaikovsky refused to change a single note.

Accomplished Portugese conductor Joana Carneiro drives this fiery concert and is joined by Plamena Mangova, a pianist ‘so musical, so sensitive, possessing a sublime, sophisticated legato’. There’s also Britten’s imaginative A Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Berlioz’s deliciously melodramatic Symphonie Fantastique.

Plamena Mangova (pno), New Zealand SO/Julian Kuerti

BRITTEN: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra; TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No 1 in Bb minor Op 23; GINASTERA: Argentinian Dances Op 2 Nos 2-3; BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique (recorded in the Auckland Town Hall by RNZ)

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

8:00 pm Monday 28 April: Royal New Zealand Navy Band

Navy BandThe Navy Band is a full-time concert band based at the HMNZS Philomel Naval Base in Devonport. As well as performing its ceremonial and marching functions for the Navy and for the government, it gives a lot of straight concerts, many of them in schools. Here we have them in concert in the Music Theatre at the University of Auckland.

Included in tonight’s programme is Tango by Gareth Farr, Blue Shades by Ticheli the traditional Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms, Seventy-six Trombones and Gershwin’s popular Rhapsody in Blue with Stephen de Pledge on piano. 

UEMATSU arr Chester: Bombing Mission; TICHELI: Blue Shades; FARR: Tango; TRAD arr Bremner: Believe me if all those endearing young charms; GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue; WILLSON arr Iwai: Seventy-six trombones, from The Music Man

Recorded live at the University of Auckland Music Theatre by Radio New Zealand

8:00 pm Wednesday 30 April: Salzburg Festival

SalzburgBruckner’s fortunes in Vienna reached a nadir in 1874, when he was forced out of a job teaching piano to women at the College of St Anna when two students alleged he had insulted them. Though Bruckner was found to be innocent of the charges he was reassigned to the school’s men’s section, with a lower salary.

The next day, Bruckner began his Fifth Symphony completing the score in May 1876, though he had no hope of having it performed. Bruckner did not hear the work performed during his lifetime. When it was finally premiered by the Graz Opera House Orchestra on April 9 1894 Bruckner, then 70, was too ill to attend the concert.

(4) Vienna Phil/Christian Thielemann; Jessye Norman (sop), Vienna Phil/Herbert von Karajan

BRUCKNER: Symphony No 5 in B; WAGNER: Siegfried Idyll; Liebestod, from Tristan & Isolde

Recorded live at the Salzburg Festival and supplied to Radio New Zealand by WFMT.

8:00 pm Thursday 1 May: Witold Lutoslawski

Witold LutoslawskiThe programme includes 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. Witold Lutosławski completed his Concerto a decade after Bartók’s famous work of the same name. Living in the domain of the Communist regime of the day, he was forced to adopt the party line of folk music as the preferred voice of true realism.

Slavonic Dances

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

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LUTOSLAWSKI: Concerto for Orchestra

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