Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra
5 Jul 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
Violin James Ehnes
Beethoven Egmont: Overture
Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet (selections)
Uncoiled energy from Beethoven at his most muscular introduces Bernstein’s golden Serenade, played by the incomparable violinist James Ehnes. A concerto in all but name, it is best described by its composer: ‘a series of statements in praise of love’.
Prokofiev’s ballet could be said to be a single statement of the same sentiment. Fleet-footed character pieces, brutal violence, luminous dances of helpless love: it’s a searing retelling of the story of the star-crossed lovers, and a magnificent showpiece for the orchestra to round off the season.