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APN News & Media Premier Series 12: Season Finale


Thu 22 Nov 2012, 8:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages


Eckehard Stier: Conductor.

Messiaen - l’Ascension;
Mahler - Symphony No.5.

Messiaen’s l’Ascension is a testimony to the depth of the composer’s Catholic faith - it was described as “spiritually ecstatic” by one reviewer. Whatever its ecclesiastical references, this is a dramatic orchestral work.

Considerably grander is Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, the opening trumpet fanfare of which presages a passionate and exhilarating journey through emotional territory that range from “total darkness to total light at either end of the symphony”. Listen out for the music from the soundtrack to the film Death In Venice.