RNZ recording engineer Darryl Stack sets up his microphones ready to record 'Karekurenai'

RNZ recording engineer Darryl Stack sets up his microphones ready to record 'Karekurenai' Photo: RNZ/Tim Dodd

This programme combines performances from two concerts in Nelson's Theatre Royal: 'Fire in the Belly' and 'Beethoven Plus'.

As with other concerts at the Adam Festival, the marimba and the cello are prominent.

American marimba player Ian Rosenbaum features in two works, including the world premiere of a work by New Zealand percussionist Edward Ware.

And we have the two last cello sonatas by Beethoven, composed at the time of the budding of his late-period composition style. Rolf Gjelsten gives us an introduction to this.