Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Gemma New conducts a programme featuring titans of early twentieth-century romanticism.
Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy was described as “The Joy of Liberated Action […] a Divine Play of Worlds.” Sibelius kept things a little more grounded in Luonnotar, here the golden-voiced Madeleine Pierard embodies the mythological Finnish goddess of nature.
We start with NZ composer Ken Young’s Dance and end with Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2.
Nestled in this concert’s heart is Debussy’s solo flute piece Syrinx. Debussy’s enigmatic, harmonically adventurous works provided the key to unlocking the creativity of contemporaries like Scriabin, Sibelius and Ravel.