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Venue: Auckland Town Hall

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AddressAuckland
New Zealand
Google maps36° 50' 50.586" S 174° 45' 56.646" E
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AucklandRebels

Clyne, Shostakovich
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Marin Alsop

AucklandSpirit

Wagner, Mozart, Prokofiev
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Yeol Eum Son

AucklandPassion

Toan, Elgar, Tchaikovsky
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Gemma New; Johannes Moser

AucklandInspiration

Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius, Debussy, Ravel
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Miguel Harth-Bedoya; Augustin Hadelich

AucklandMonumental

Strauss R., Tchaikovsky
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Edo de Waart; Erin Wall

AucklandTimeless

Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Edo de Waart

AucklandSpectacular

Vaughan Williams, Saint-Saëns, Sibelius
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä; Esther Yoo
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Edo de Waart signs off with awe-inspiring Mahler in Auckland

Edo de Waart © Jesse Willems
De Waart once again showed a formidable grasp of the musical structure so that the occasional outbursts of violence made thematic sense and a strong feeling of tension led up to the final cry of despair.
*****
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NZSO's enthralling Salonen and Schubert

Jennifer Koh © Juergen Frank
Edo de Waart and the NZSO thrill with the old warhorse that is Schubert's ninth as much as in an insightful and exciting rendition of Salonen's Violin Concerto.
****1
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Grotesquery and cowhorns in Auckland

Vesa-Matti Leppänen, Håkan Hardenberger and HK Gruber with the NZSO © NZSO
It was an altogether riotous and highly enjoyable performance of a wacky work, one long overdue to be heard in this country.
****1
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Intense Schubert and Ravel from the Mullova trio

Viktoria Mullova © Heike Fischer Fotografie
A case of musical minds being in particularly close interpretative sync, revealing the music not through showy display but through restrained but intense concentration.
****1
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Viktoria Mullova's intense Sibelius in Auckland

Viktoria Mullova © Benjamin Ealovega
In the exquisite singing line of the second movement, the appeal was not just in her beauty of tone but in the concentrated feeling Mullova brought to the shaping of each phrase.
****1
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Exploring the fugue with the Brodsky Quartet in Auckland

Brodsky Quartet © Duncan Matthews
This was a true tour de force and a fitting climax to a rather miraculous examination of counterpoint through musical history.
****1
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Susan Graham's gripping New Zealand debut

Susan Graham © Dario Acosta
This was astonishing and gripping vocalism from a true master of Berlioz style.
*****
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Sweeping Bruckner but lacklustre Beethoven from the APO

Giordano Bellincampi © Andreas Köhring
Bellincampi’s way with this symphony was impressive: he knitted the composer’s sometimes diffuse structural cells into something cohesive, with no loss of tension in the various silences and odd transitional moments.
***11
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