23 Aug 2017

Defiance at the heart of it

From Upbeat, 1:00 pm on 23 August 2017
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The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra and cellist Wolfgang Emanuel Schmidt are showing defiance in this week’s concert of the same name. Featuring works from Messiaen, Saint-Saens and Shostakovich, the APO takes the audience through stories of the human spirit. Conductor Andrew Gourley explains why Shostakovich’s Symphony No 10 is particularly important, as it reflects the suffering of the Soviet people under Stalin and their defiance to survive.

Conductor Andrew Gourlay

Conductor Andrew Gourlay Photo: Johan Persson