Music Alive for Thursday 22 October 2020
APO - Reflections
Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Oboe Bede Hanley
Debussy: Prélude à L’Après-midi d’une faune
Debussy’s little masterpiece is the languid, ecstatic music of a hot summer afternoon lying in the grass. It’s also quietly revolutionary. Modern music began here.
Gary Kulesha: Oboe Concerto (world premiere)
In another example of the APO’s growing international reputation, the Canadian composer Gary Kulesha has written a new concerto for our principal oboe, Bede Hanley.
Prokofiev: Symphony No.7
Prokofiev’s last symphony is direct and tuneful, in the best Russian tradition, but there’s more to it than that. It was written by a sick man, in dark straits, and below the nostalgic surface is a yearning for his lost happiness.
Recorded by RNZ Concert, Auckland Town Hall, 22 October 2020
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay