6 May 2017

Gareth FARR: Cello Concerto, Chemin des Dames

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 6 May 2017
Sebastien Hurtaud

Sebastien Hurtaud Photo: Laurent Campguilhem

Sébastien Hurtaud (cello), with New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich.

This work marks the centenary of one of the bloodiest battles of WWI at Chemin des Dames, just outside Paris. It also acknowledges the impact of the war on women and their families. Farr's own three great-great-uncles, all brothers, were killed in the war and are buried in France and Belgium. It's composed especially for Sébastien Hurtaud who also gave the French première later in 2017.

Recorded 6 May 2017, Auckland Town Hall, by RNZ Concert.

Producer: Tim Dodd

Engineer: Adrian Hollay