8 Jul 2020

VIDEO: NZSO - Pastoral

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 8 July 2020

In Beethoven's anniversary year, the NZSO presents two of his best-loved works, from the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.

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BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No 5 in Eb Op 73, Emperor;

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No 6 in F Op 68, Pastoral

Diedre Irons (piano), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich

At the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington

Video and livestream produced by NZSO with audio by RNZ Concert

Awarded an MBE and an ONZM for her outstanding contributions to music as both a stunning performer and dedicated educator, Diedre Irons' formidable talent and musicality brings out every nuance of Beethoven’s Emperor Piano Concerto.

Opening with virtuosic runs in the piano, contrasted with a gentle second movement before the vigorous, dance like third movement, Beethoven’s, last piano concerto truly deserves the grand title of 'Emperor'.

Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony is a musical flowering of Beethoven’s love of nature. As Beethoven said: “No one can love the country as much as I do. For surely woods, trees, and rocks produce the echo which man desires to hear.” As such, Beethoven follows a well-established tradition of pastoral or nature-inspired programme music – that is, music written to act out or musically depict a certain programme, or non-musical story or scenario.


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