In Association with The New Zealand Herald
Gemma New Conductor
Hilary Hahn Violin
Ravel Ma Mere L'Oye Suite (Mother Goose Suite)
Warm the cockles of your heart this winter with the sweet sounds of Love Triumphant. In a tribute to romance and fancy, violinist extraordinaire Hilary Hahn performs Ernest Chausson’s Poéme. Initially inspired by his friend Ivan Turgenev’s novella The Song of Love Triumphant, Chausson’s Poéme is a rhapsody of “Wagnerian, Parisian hothouse moodiness” (The Strad). In this, the third concerto performed in as many days, Hahn will imbue this best-loved of Chausson’s works with her trademark supple musical athleticism, her golden tone, and her ever-questing artistry.
Rimsky Korsakov’s Scheherazade similarly sketches out a great love story: the framing narrative of the Arabian Nights, in which the clever Scheherazade bewitches her Sultan husband with spellbinding tall tales of sailors, genies and adventure. Rimsky-Korsakov’s work will bewitch you too, with its portrait of the dazzling world of Middle Eastern folklore. Thanks to endlessly catchy tunes, and showcasing Rimsky-Korsakov’s one-of-a-kind gift for creating ravishing orchestral colour, let Scheherazade sweep you away into aromatic gardens with a romancing prince and princess, and onto rollicking seas with the swashbuckling hero Sinbad the Sailor.
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