Music Alive for Thursday 4 April 2019
Superb New York-based pianist Alessio Bax joins the orchestra for a favourite concerto.
Edvard Grieg only made one attempt at a Piano Concerto, but he hit it out of the park, so to speak.
"In many ways it's a perfect concerto," says our soloist for this performance, Alessio Bax, "it's somewhat compact; a huge range of emotions; there's a great cadenza; beautiful tunes; beautiful contrasting moments; great writing for the piano and for the orchestra. And then at the same time, it's really uniquely Grieg – it has this Nordic feel throughout."
The Nordic theme continues in the second half with Sibelius's overwhelming Fifth Symphony.
The concert opens with a slice of New Zealand and a gorgeous work for string orchestra by John Ritchie.
JOHN RITCHIE: Suite No 1 for Strings
GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor
SCRIABIN: Prelude for the left hand Op 9 No 1 (encore)
SIBELIUS: Symphony No 5
Recorded by RNZ in Auckland Town Hall, 4 April 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay