In early 2012, Peter Breiner travelled 9,100 miles from his Manhattan home to Wellington to conduct recordings sessions of two albums for the Naxos label which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
For four days, 105 members of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra played Breiner’s original arrangements of works by Mussorgsky and orchestral suites from two Tchaikovsky operas.
The exclusive documentary bask, directed by Sasha Santiago, captured this event. It is a continuation of the highly successful and critically acclaimed series of operatic suites by Janacek, that Breiner began recording with NZSO in 2007.
The NZSO, one of the most respected performing and recording orchestra in the world today and the first orchestra in the world to launch a website, is premiering this extraordinary documentary online to the world.
The programme includes Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, his two song cycles – Songs and Dances of Death and The Nursery, and two Tchaikovsky operatic suites – The Queen of Spades and The Voeyvoda – all of them newly arranged and orchestrated by Breiner, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.
The digital only release of two Naxos CDs took place in New York on 10 October 2012.