Conductor Giordano Bellincampi
Viola Rob Ashworth
R. Strauss Don Juan
Anthony Ritchie Viola Concerto
Dvořák Symphony No.8
The APO’s own Robert Ashworth takes the viola out of the crowd and into the spotlight in Dunedin-based Anthony Ritchie’s concerto. Encompassing everything from Bach to bluegrass, the composer says it is ‘a personal work, in which the viola takes on various characters’.
In Strauss’s tone-poem, the orchestra does exactly the same for the legendary lover Don Juan, displaying his mercurial personality, the bliss he inspires in his many conquests, and his death in a duel.
Dvořák was never happier or more relaxed than in the lovely out-of-doors music of this evergreen symphony.