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NZSO Classical Journey

16 Feb 2019

Photo: Stephen A'Court
When

Saturday 16 February 2019, 7.30pm - Saturday 16 February 2019, 9.30pm

Where

Auckland Town Hall, Queen Street, Auckland CBD

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Cost

$27-$100

Booking fees may apply

Bookings

nzso.co.nz/concerts-and-tickets/podium-series-2019/classical-journey

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0800 479 674

Contact

Tom Cardy

tom.cardy@nzso.co.nz

027 574 5294

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Start your year off with a summer treat of music written during or inspired by the late 18th century.

Under the guidance of NZSO Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, the concert opens with Rossini’s overture to his opera The Italian Girl in Algiers. Written in 1813 when Rossini was just 21, the full work was a form of opera known as “dramma giocoso”, literally a “drama with jokes”.

Haydn’s London Symphony was his last and one of his most popular. According to a review at the time “the fullness, richness, and majesty, in all its parts, is thought by some to surpass all his other compositions.”

Sergei Prokofiev named his first symphony Classical and wrote it “in the style of Haydn”. Though his dissonant early compositions caused scandals, this symphony, which premiered in 1918, proved Prokofiev could also write beautiful lyrical melodies.

Brahms’ Variations on a Theme of Haydn is often referred to as The Saint Anthony Variations, as the original Saint Anthony Chorale theme was used in a divertimento attributed to Haydn. It is highly likely that Haydn did not compose the theme, which in Brahms' work, is followed by eight variations and a majestic finale.