NZSO Music Director, Pietari Inkinen, puts down his baton and picks up his violin bow to take on the role of violin soloist as part of the next exciting NZSO tour Mahler 7.
Highlighting the impressive breadth of maestro Inkinen’s extraordinary talents, he will perform J. S. Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins alongside virtuosic NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen.
Our two Finnish stars will deftly weave overlapping phrases of counterpoint, unveiling the beauty and emotion of Bach’s sublime concerto, one of his most well-known and beloved compositions. This is a rare opportunity to witness Inkinen and Leppänen perform music that finds a perfect balance between each soloist, together in harmony with the Orchestra.
“There is normally a conductor on the podium when a concerto soloist performs,” says maestro Pietari Inkinen. “However, we will play the Bach double without a conductor, creating an environment much like chamber music. This means our communication with the Orchestra will be more intimate and very rewarding for both the Orchestra and ourselves, as soloists.”
Maestro Inkinen will return to the podium following his performance to conduct Gustav Mahler’s Seventh Symphony.
Mahler’s complex symphony combines modernist influences with the luscious textures and Romanticism of the nineteenth century. This complex symphony is infused with nocturnal mysteries and animated by evocative mandolins, a guitar, spectral waltzes and a strangely triumphant finale, creating an enigmatic dream world.
Embrace this rare opportunity to see the skill of maestro Pietari Inkinen and NZSO Concertmaster Vesa-Matti Leppänen when they team up as soloists with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
“Inkinen makes the music sound as though it’s playing itself.” – Gramophone Magazine
Mahler 7 and Beethoven 7 are presented in association with our National Tour Partner – Radio Network.
Peter Walls will give a free 30-minute talk 45 minutes prior to each concert. For more details about each NZSO pre-concert talk, visit www.nzso.co.nz/talks