Past Event28 Sep 2017

German Masters

No longer available

Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

Conductor Douglas Boyd

Piano David Fray

Mendelssohn The Hebrides Overture

Schumann Piano Concerto

Beethoven Symphony No.4


From the very first bar, Mendelssohn puts us out on the rolling, grey-green sea. Sunlight glints and sinks into the depths, gulls wheel overhead, and lonely, rocky islands stand on the horizon.

Schumann’s Piano Concerto has always been phenomenally popular, and no wonder. As did its composer, the piece swings between tempestuous emotion and a wistful poetry.

Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony begins in a solemn mood. Or so it seems, until the moment when it bursts into some of the most vigorously irrepressible music he ever wrote. A blissful second movement, a helter-skelter finale; it’s Beethoven at his most buoyant.

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