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NZSO: Travels In Italy

NZSO’s well-travelled Music Director Emeritus, Maestro James Judd, is our guide on this grand musical tour of Italy, conducted via works inspired by the country. Hector Berlioz’s Harold in Italy imagines a solo viola as a melancholy dreamer, journeying through the Abruzzi region of Italy. Viola virtuoso Antoine Tamestit’s ‘rich, burgundy timbre’ is perfect for conjuring our Byronic hero.

Next stop is Alassio in Edward Elgar’s In the South. Elgar was inspired to compose this piece while walking ancient Roman roads, and the work recalls previous Italian-flavoured works.

No artistic journey through Italy would be complete without some Dante. In Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini the composer takes us into the depths of the Inferno with frenzied music that whispers of forbidden, adulterous love.

Image: Antoine Tamestit, viola. Eric Larrayadieu

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