Past Event17 Nov 2016


No longer available

Auckland Town Hall

Classical music


  • Ravel - Pavane pour une infante défunte
  • Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No. 5, ‘Egyptian’
  • Berlioz - Symphonie fantastique

This all-French programme begins with Ravel’s serene Pavane, much-loved for its gorgeous horn solo. 

Saint-Saëns’ sparkling display piece calls for a soloist of sophisticated virtuosity, and luminous French pianist Cédric Tiberghien is more than equal to the challenge.

Berlioz’s spectacular symphony is based on its composer’s love life – although documentary fidelity goes out the window with its depictions of his own beheading and his beloved’s appearance at a Satanic orgy. Deliriously passionate, outrageously blasphemous and overpoweringly exciting, it’s a marvellous finale to a year of concert-going.


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