Classical review: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

07.02.18
Miguel Harth-Bedoya
New Zealand Herald

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, paying a second visit to Auckland within eight days, came to town with a curious (and rather short) programme.

A second hearing of Gareth Farr's new He iwi tahi tatou was a visceral, exciting overture to an evening lighter in content than last week's double bill of Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

Farr's ebullient orchestral workout would have competition ahead in a similarly extrovert score that opened the second half of the concert.

Harth-Bedoya has brought us music by his countryman Jimmy Lopez before, and Fiesta!, described by its Peruvian composer as "Four Pop Dances for Orchestra", was a showcase of orchestral dazzle, even if excessive lacings of bongo fury made one aware of a worrying lack of real musical substance.
 
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