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Ashkenazy

The New Zealand Herald Premier Series

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Vladimir Ashkenazy CONDUCTOR
Gordon Hunt OBOE

Einojuhani Rautavaara Isle of Bliss 
Strauss Oboe Concerto 
Sibelius Symphony No.2

It is rare to find, in the same artist, the very highest levels of musical talent living alongside the deepest genuine humility. None has that rare combination in higher degree than Vladimir Ashkenazy. – Gramophone (London), June 2013

Vladimir Ashkenazy is simply one of the greatest musicians of our time. In his début with the APO, we’ll hear music that he’s made his own. His long association with the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara is celebrated in Isle of Bliss. Here, ‘bliss’ is the soul’s transformation in death; Rautavaara describes “another reality … only really accessible through music”.

Gordon Hunt is the distinguished Principal Oboe at the Philharmonia Orchestra, where Ashkenazy is Conductor Laureate, and with which both men recorded Strauss’ summery concerto.

Sibelius’ Second Symphony begins with unforgettable warmth, traverses a vast terrain and ends in exultation.

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