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Lissa Meridan (NZ) - Firecracker
Osvaldo Golijov - Azul
Beethoven - Symphony No.6, Op.68, F major (Pastoral)
Benjamin Northey - Chief Conductor
Matthew Barley - Cello
Grayson Masefield - Accordion
Brett Painter - Percussion
Douglas Brush - Percussion
New Zealand composer Lissa Meridan composed the award-winning Firecracker in 1999 and it was hailed by critics as "zany and ear-popping".
Osvaldo Golijov's cello concerto Azul is characteristic of the composer's gift for incorporating diverse influences into a fresh vision, blending together various sources of creativity.
Cellist Matthew Barley has created a unique international career and has been described as 'the world's most adventurous cellist'.
The harmonic make-up of Beethoven's sixth symphony is entirely relaxed and rejoices in major triads from the very beginning until the 'thunderstorm' of the fourth movement.