Beethoven’s greatest symphony

Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 Choral Symphony is considered one of his greatest works and is one of the enduring favourites of the classical repertoire. The NZSO are performing it tonight at the CBS arena, along with a newly commissioned work by Gareth Farr.

The performance features a great collection of New Zealand talent – Madeleine Pierard – soprano, Sarah Castle – mezzo-soprano, Simon O’Neill – tenor, Jonathan Lemalu – bass.

Listening to the Concert Programme the other day, I heard a glowing review to the effect that (to use the technical terms) they really nailed it. An excerpt from the last movement of the Auckland performance was then played. The reviewer was right. It was stunning. Pietari Inkinen clearly has the orchestra, choir and soloists under his spell. The audience is in for a special evening.

CD CoverOther great interpreters of this symphony are Furtwangler, Toscanini, Bernstein and Von Karajan. You can listen to all of these and others in the Naxos Online Music Library.

We don’t know what Gareth Farr will come up with, but his work is always compelling. Search for his music in Naxos.

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