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Wu Man plays the pipa concerto that Lou Harrison wrote especially for her.

Wu Man and her Pipa

Wu Man and her Pipa Photo: photo by Stephen Kahn supplied

This APO concert opens with baroque music re-imagined by the mind of Stravinsky in his Pulcinella Suite.

Then the ancient Chinese instrument, the pipa, is filtered through an American lens in Lou Harrison's Pipa Concerto with renowned pipa virtuoso Wu Man taking the solo.

Shostakovich weaves a new fabric from the influential threads of many musical greats to create his First Symphony.

Conducting it all is Tung-Chieh Chuang on his first visit to the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.


  • The wonder of Wu Man and the Pipa
  • Programme

    STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella Suite
    Lou HARRISON: Pipa Concerto
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No 1 in F minor Op 10

    Recorded by RNZ in Auckland Town Hall, 8 August 2019
    Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Rangi Powick