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From Russia With Love - Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra


Wed 3 May 2017, 8:00pm

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

Restrictions: All Ages


New Zealand Herald Premier Series.

Conductor: Rumon Gamba
Piano Kathryn Stott

- Kalinnikov Serenade for Strings
- Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.4
- Tchaikovsky Symphony No.4

A night of Russian passion. In fact, ‘passion’ is precisely the word for Tchaikovsky’s hyper-emotional Fourth Symphony and indeed for Tchaikovsky himself. Shattering, doom-laden fanfares herald music of a soul in torment, but a hard-won affirmation of life ultimately triumphs.

Rachmaninov’s mighty Fourth Piano Concerto calls for a soloist with an ardent heart and fingers of steel and the superb British pianist Kathryn Stott is such a musician.

To begin the concert, a little-known gem: the charming Serenade by Vassily Kalinnikov. A colleague of both Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, his promise was cut short by his early death.

Note: This concert is on a Wednesday.

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