Conductor Hans Graf
Cello Li-Wei Qin
Choir VOICES New Zealand
Debussy Images pour orchestre: Gigues and Rondes de printemps
Tchaikovsky Variations on a Rococo Theme
Holst The Planets
Holst was fascinated by astrology, and in 1913 wrote to a friend: ‘Recently the character of each planet suggested lots to me’. The result is astonishingly vivid music for each of the human traits embodied by each planet’s namesake deity – war, peace, jollity, old age – before the ultimate fade-out into the infinite. This piece has justly been a favourite from its first performance.
Another favourite is the wonderful cellist Li-Wei Qin, who returns to the APO for Tchaikovsky’s elegant homage to the Baroque. Bookending Holst’s brilliant orchestral painting is Debussy’s sumptuous Images, intoxicating from the first bars.
This concert is going to be broadcasted live on RNZ Concert. To find out the frequency in your area, or to stream RNZ Concert over the internet, please visit their website here.
Pre-concert talk by Robert Johnson at 6:45 pm in the concert chamber.
Li-Wei Qin’s performance is supported by the Templar Family Office.