1 Nov 2019


From Podcast Classics, 12:01 am on 1 November 2019

November's classical podcast brings two highlights from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's 2019 Baroque Series concert called The Night.

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There's a sense of the supernatural about La Notte - The Night.

It's the second of six flute concertos by Venetian composer Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) from his Opus 10. The key is G minor and there are several short movements.

NZSO principal flute player Bridget Douglas takes on what she considers a a technically challenging but rewarding workout.

NZSO Baroque Series The Night

NZSO Baroque Series The Night Photo: RNZ/David McCaw

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713) played a major role in the establishment of the concerto grosso form, where a small set of soloists perform within a larger group.

His Concerto Grosso in D Op 6 No 1 uses this style to great effect as melodies are passed between small and large ensembles within the work.

In these two pieces by masters of the Italian Baroque, the strings of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra are directed from the violin by Vesa-Matti Leppänen.

Recorded by RNZ Concert, 8 June 2019, at St. Andrew's on The Terrace, Wellington

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Darryl Stack

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