Renowned conductor Sir Donald Ranciels and acclaimed Franco-German cellist Nicholas Altstedt are set to perform with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra later this month.
Bloch & Shostakovich Enduring Spirit will be presented in Wellington on April 28th and in Auckland on April 29th.
Runnicles is one of the world’s finest conductors, and Altstaedt, a virtuoso artist in all genres, has performed in concerts celebrating Ernst Bloch’s Shlomo and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony.
Runickels, who has never raced in New Zealand before, has a host of notables on his resume, according to an NZSO statement.
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He has served as General Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Musical Director of the Grand Teton Music Festival in the US and Principal Guest of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
guardian The statement praised his performance of Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, describing it as “magnificent… breathtaking… and profoundly exciting”.
Altstedt, she said, was one of the most sought-after cellists in the world. Its early versatility extended to contemporary music performed by leading orchestras and bands.
exam in Australian At one performance, he said, “the audience clung to every note as if they were the words of a professional storyteller.”
Altsteadt said the cello was a “physical addition” with which he was attached.
“I have always been driven by an urgent need to find connections – between composers and philosophers, artists and writers.”
In recent years, Altstaedt has also developed a reputation as an accomplished conductor.
“The great thing about Receipt is that I’ve played a lot of cellos before, and they grow with you. For me, it’s very exciting to do things for the first time.”
For performances by Bloch & Shostakovich Enduring Spirit, NZSO will also perform Musica Celestis by Pulitzer Prize-winning and Grammy-winning American composer Aaron Jay Kernis.
Kernes, whose influence ranges from Bach to hip hop, drew the piece from the medieval Christian religious idea that angels still sing to God in heaven.