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APO: Free Spirit

Viola player Robert Ashworth plays a concerto by New Zealand composer Anthony Ritchie in this concert by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Giordano Bellincampi


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Deutsche Welle Festival: Russian National Orchestra

Pianist turned conductor Mikhail Pletnev is really the star of this concert by the Russian National Orchestra, which he founded.


The Beethovenfest concert has a name: Quintessence, and it's about composers’ last works.

The ones on the playbill are by Rossini, Schumann, Beethoven and Shostakovich.

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Catch the first broadcast of a new recording from New Zealand, or something from overseas - perhaps from the European Broadcasting Union, the Salzburg Festival or the Sydney Opera House. The NZSO are regular performers, and Thursdays are often the domain of the Auckland Philharmonia; You might hear an ensemble touring with Chamber Music New Zealand, something from the Wellington Jazz Festival or music from around the world via the WOMAD festival.

More live performances and recordings: