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Thu 7 Apr 2016, 8:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages


Johannes Fritzsch Conductor
Michael Barenboim Violin

Stravinsky Scherzo à la russe
Schoenberg Violin Concerto
Mendelssohn Symphony No.5, ‘Reformation’

This concert would have been illegal in the Third Reich, which banned all three composers. Mendelssohn was Jewish – but it mattered little, in what passed for Nazi logic, that his family converted to Christianity, nor that this symphony commemorates the Protestant Reformation and ends with a Lutheran hymn. Stravinsky was considered ‘radical’ and ‘decadent’; again, bizarre descriptions of this delightfully insouciant piece.

Schoenberg, being Jewish and ‘radical’, had two strikes against him. Thrown out of Germany – ‘exiled in Paradise’, in his words – he wrote his astringent Violin Concerto in California.

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