Alan Buribayev CONDUCTOR
Sergio Tiempo PIANO
Kodály Dances of Galánta
Liszt Piano Concerto No.1
Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Spring is in the air and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra presents an energetic programme of music guaranteed to lift the spirits.
Kodaly’s Dances of Galánta reflects the colourful gypsy folk culture he encountered in the small town where he spent much of his childhood. The characterful melodies and thrilling orchestrations are wonderfully evocative as the composer recalls the famous gypsy band that existed in Galánta at the time.
Sergio Tiempo makes a welcome return to play Liszt’s flamboyant showpiece. By turns lyrical and fabulously flashy, this is a favourite of pianists and audiences alike.
Symphonic Dances was the last music Rachmaninov wrote, and in many ways it’s a summation of his life’s work. We hear his darkly brilliant orchestration, his Russian roots, and – possibly for the first time in his music – an affirmation of life over death.