Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
29 Jun 2022
APO is New Zealand’s designated metropolitan orchestra, serving Auckland, the country’s largest and most vibrant city, with concerts and events throughout the year.
Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Piano Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments
Bartók Piano Concerto No.2
Brahms Symphony No.4
Brahms’ last symphony – with its autumnal nostalgia, its solemn beauty, its rough humour, its homage to the old music he loved so much – was in many ways the apotheosis of his career. It is a mighty work, and a performance with Giordano Bellincampi conducting the APO promises to be a very special occasion.
So too is an appearance by the wonderful French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet, making a welcome return with Bartók’s hard-driving, boisterous concerto.
Stravinsky’s brief but heartfelt tribute to Debussy, whom he revered, started as a piano chorale. Considered one of the major 20th century works for wind ensembles, the music emerges in clearly defined segments, each showcasing a different set of winds.