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MOZART & BEETHOVEN

John Adams Shaker Loops 
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major
Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Pastorale

Composer John Adams and Maestro Edo de Waart enjoy both a strong friendship and an enduring musical relationship. To celebrate this and Adams’ 70th birthday, we will feature many of his most significant works throughout this season.

Shaker Loops is a piece of great minimalist architecture – a single idea exploded to encompass lightness and darkness, detail and expansiveness, wrapped in music that simply thrills.

Delicate details also abound in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s irresistible Clarinet Concerto in A major. Mozart meets his match in the playful air of Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst. One of the best proponents of Mozart’s clarinet repertoire, as The Times suggests, ‘Until you’ve heard Martin Fröst, you really haven’t heard the clarinet’.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 – The Pastoral completes this Masterworks concert. According to Beethoven, ‘more an expression of feeling than painting’, the emotional drama that underpins this symphony is brought to life by Maestro Edo de Waart.

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If contemporary music is more your thing we open the concert with John Adams’ Shaker Loops, one of his most beloved and often-performed works.

Martin Fröst will change your perception of clarinet. High energy. Breath-taking lyricism. Immense presence. He’s one of the best the world has to offer. And he’s teaming up with another great: Mozart. According to Fröst, it was Mozart who “blew life into the instrument.” How could you miss this?

In addition, NZSO Music Director Edo de Waart will conduct Beethoven’s Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony – Pastoral. A joyful romp across the Viennese countryside, this piece is often thought to have a yin-yang relationship to his fire-and-brimstone laden Fifth Symphony (which was written at the same time). 

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