6 Aug 2020

VIDEO: NZSO - Spirit

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 6 August 2020

The NZSO's 'Podium Series' returns with symphony and songs.

Opening with Berlioz’s energetic 'Le Corsaire' Overture, renowned tenor Simon O’Neill joins the orchestra to perform a selection of works from two of the greatest romantic composers - Mahler and Richard Strauss.

We then move to the 20th century for Prokofiev’s victorious 'Symphony No 5'. Prokofiev himself described it as ‘a hymn to free and happy Man, to his mighty powers, his pure and noble spirit.’ Composed in the summer of 1944, each movement conveys a different mood before it reaches a victorious finale. An instant classic from its first performance, the themes and emotion of Prokofiev’s great symphony resonate as much today as when it was written.


BERLIOZ: Le Corsaire, Overture;

MAHLER: Songs of a Wayfarer;

STRAUSS orch Heger: Allerseelen;

STRAUSS: Ruhe, meine Seele;

STRAUSS: Cäcilie;

STRAUSS orch Heger: Heimliche Aufforderung;

STRAUSS: Morgen;

STRAUSS: Zueignung;

PROKOFIEV: Symphony No 5 in Bb Op 100

Simon O'Neill (tenor), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich

Recorded 6 August 2020 at the Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.

Audio by RNZ Concert

Video by NZSO and partners