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Thu 21 Sep 2006

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

Listed by: caroline

Conductor MARC TADDEI, whose interpretive flair always impresses, opens the concert with the APO displaying the exotic sounds of Stravinsky’s Song of the Nightingale, a piece drawn from a Chinese fable. Another thrilling colour is then introduced by the eagerly-awaited Auckland premiere of New Zealand composer John Psathas’ View from Olympus, fresh from successful performances in the United States and described in The Press in 2005 as “an exciting, momentous work”. This double concerto for percussion, piano and orchestra features the superb talents of LEONARD SAKOFSKY, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra’s principal percussionist, and audience favourite, MICHAEL HOUSTOUN.

Very few fail to be seduced by the insistent rhythms of Ravel’s most famous showpiece Bolero, and it is preceded by De Falla’s delicate and fragrant Nights in the Gardens of Spain, once more featuring the skilful hands of Michael Houstoun.

Australasian premiere of View from Olympus with the Christchurch Symphony, 2005:
“Leonard Sakofsky was simply outstanding… and it was great to hear Michael Houstoun on the piano as a pivotal element in the synthesis of sound.” [Christchurch Star]
“The standing ovation was well deserved.” [The Press]

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