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NZSO 2014: Russian Fire

NZSO 2014: Russian Fire

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  • Sat 24 May ’14, 7:30pm


Auckland Town Hall - Great Hall, 303 Queen St, Auckland CBD


All Ages



Presented by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Rachmaninov - Caprice Bohémien
Schumann - Piano Concerto in A Minor
Shostakovich - Symphony No. 15

Alexander Lazarev - conductor
Alexander Melnikov - piano

An intoxicating intensity animates Rachmaninov’s Caprice Bohémien. Composed at the beginning of his career, gypsy songs entrance listeners as he pines for the wife of another man. Such passion is met in Schumann’s Piano Concerto. Demanding a diversity of emotional colour, the nuanced virtuosity of Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov will captivate from the opening bars. The entire orchestra is then set alight in Shostakovich’s flamboyant Symphony No. 15. In his last symphony, we see sparks of youthful exuberance transform into a quiet yearning, and then flicker back to an exploration of the orchestra’s vast timbres. This symphony will come to life in the expert hands of the Russian conductor Alexander Lazarev who treats us with this masterpiece of the Russian repertoire.

Concert duration: 1h36m
Free pre-concert talk 45 minutes prior to concert

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