Past Event30 Sep 2022


No longer available

Great Hall, Auckland Town Hall

Classical music

Alexander Shelley Conductor 

Gabriela Montero Piano  

Gillian Whitehead retrieving the fragility of peace 

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 

Brahms Symphony No. 1  

The NZSO open a weekend of concerts with retrieving the fragility of peace, a new work by Dunedin composer Dame Gillian Whitehead. Pianist Gabriela Montero brings her considerable gifts to Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, a darkly toned jewel in the piano repertoire. 

Brahms laboured over his First Symphony for 14 years, hampered by his painful awareness of constantly hearing “the giant [Beethoven] marching behind you!” But despite comparisons to his musical forebear, the Finale’s alphorn melody and the symphony’s complex rhythms marks his First as quintessential Brahms, all the way. 


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