German cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt, who won the first Adam International Cello Competition in Christchurch in 1995, is the APO's guest. He plays the First Cello Concerto by Saint-Saëns.

The programme opens with a very early work of Messiaen and the title of the concert, 'Defiance', is inspired by Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony.

MESSIAEN: Les Offrandes oubliées;

SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No 1;

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No 10

Wolfgang Emmanuel Schmidt (cello), Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Andrew Gourlay

Recorded in Auckland Town Hall by RNZ


  • Defiance at the heart of it
  • Curtain Raiser: Shostakovich - Symphony No 10