Music Alive

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8:00 pm Monday 1 September: Rhythm and Resonance

SakofskyLenny Sakofsky will take the stage with another NZSO percussionist, Associate Principal, Thomas Guldborg. They’ll play a stunning two-marimba arrangement of one of Ravel’s most popular works, Le Tombeau de Couperin.

Before that, Canadian-born Diedre Irons and German-born Michael Endres, set the mood with Mozart’s great Sonata for Two Pianos .Finally all four combine for Bartók’s ‘love letter’ to his favourite instruments, Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion.

Diedre Irons, Michael Endres (pno duo), Thomas Guldborg, Lenny Sakofsky (percussion)

MOZART: Sonata in D for two pianos K448; RAVEL arr Guldborg: Le Tombeau de Couperin for two marimbas


BARTÓK: Sonata for two pianos & percussion; LUTOSLAWSKI arr Ptaszynska: Variations on a Theme of Paganini for two pianos & percussion (RNZ)

This is a direct broadcast from the Auckland Town Hall

8:00 pm Wednesday 3 September: Musica Sacra

Musica SacraDr John Scott was a Cambridge student when first asked, at short notice, to accompany an evensong at St Paul‘s Cathedral in London. After a beer at the pub with the Music Director, Barry Rose, he was offered a job as organist. So began 26 years with the cathedral, 14 of them as Director of Music. He’s now organist and director of music at St Thomas Church, Fifth Avenue, New York.

Tonight in Music Alive, you be the judge. A breezy Tuba Tune by Norman Cocker opens Scott's solo selections, which include an imposing transcription of Mendelssohn's St Paul Overture, Handel’s Concerto in F sans orchestra, a Duruflé Prelude with “subtly coalescing hues” and Variations on America by Charles Ives. Musica Sacra provides three offerings with Auckland Philharmonia’s percussion and brass players by Vaughan Williams, John Rutter and Scott's own Missa dies resurrectionis.

John Scott (organ of the Auckland Town Hall), Brass & percussion of the Auckland Philharmonia, Musica Sacra/Indra Hughes

COCKER: Tuba Tune; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: O clap your hands; MENDELSSOHN arr Best: St Paul Op 36, Overture; HANDEL: Organ Concerto in F Op 4/5; WHITLOCK: Fantasie Choral No 1 in Db; SCOTT: Missa Dies Resurrectionis; GIGOUT: Grand choeur dialogue; DURUFLÉ: Prelude & Fugue on the name Alain; LOCKLAIR: The peace may be exchanged, from Rubrics; IVES: Variations on America; RUTTER: Te Deum.

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

8:00 pm Thursday 4 September: Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie by Jim CallaghanGlennie lost her hearing at 12, but this didn’t stop her realising her childhood dream of becoming the world’s first virtuoso solo percussionist.

Her relationship with the music of one of our most internationally acclaimed composers, John Psathas, goes back to 1991 and the early success story of Matre’s Dance. Glennie championed the piece, bringing Psathas a worldwide profile he’s enjoyed ever since. Also in this APO concert, Rachmaninov’s epic Symphony No. 2, full of the warmth and lush colours that so strongly define this composer’s musical language.

Evelyn Glennie (percussion), Stephen de Pledge (pno), Auckland Philharmonia/Hans Graf

PSATHAS: View from Olympus


RACHMANINOV: Symphony No 2 in E minor Op 27 (RNZ)

This is a direct broadcast from the Auckland Town Hall.

Photo  by Jim Callaghan

8:00 pm Friday 5 September: The Art of Fugue

Indra HughesWhen Indra Hughes was invited to write his very first Composer of the Week on Bach’s keyboard music, he came across Bach’s monumental last work and set himself the task of learning it. Six months of “hard labour” paid off with a first performance, and ultimately a Doctorate on the subject.

This performance of The Art of Fugue last year was given on the world-famous Rieger organ of Scot’s Church in Melbourne at the New Zealand Association of Organists International Congress, organised by Hughes, the association’s President.

Indra Hughes (organ of Scot's Church, Melbourne)

BACH: The Art of Fugue BWV1080 (recorded in Scot's Church, Melbourne by the ABC)

This concert was recorded at Scot’s Church in Melbourne by the ABC