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Diedre Irons plays Bach with Orchestra Wellington

Press Release – Orchestra Wellington

Wellington favourite, Diedre Irons is highlighting the bill in Orchestra Wellington’s latest in its Epic 2019 season. Irons is performing J S Bach’s first keyboard concerto, in an arrangement which features a cadenza written by one of Bach’s greatest disciples, Johannes Brahms.

The September 21st concert at the Michael Fowler Centre, features two other epic works from either end of the 19th century.

Beethoven’s String Quartet, Op 131, which many regard as his finest, is performed in an arrangement by the great Greek conductor, Dimitri Mitropoulos, while the concert opens with Schoenberg’s Transfigured Night, his musical farewell to the romantic era.

Orchestra Wellington maestro Marc Taddei says he’s excited to be featuring works involving three of the great Bs of classical music.

“We’ve got music by Bach and Beethoven, with a cadenza by Brahms to complete the trio”.

Taddei says the orchestra is honoured to be working with Diedre Irons, who has been one of the personalities of the country’s classical music scene for over forty years, with a passionate style that never fails to win over an audience.

“One of the special things about this concert is all the music is an arrangement of the original. It’s not necessarily as the composers first imagined it, but we’re sure they would approve!,” says Taddei.

In a special bonus, Orchestra Wellington fans coming to the pre-concert talk will be able to hear the New Zealand String Quartet perform Beethoven’s Opus 131 in its original four instrument version, before hearing the orchestral arrangement.

“It’s not often you get two completely different takes on the same great classical piece in one night”.

Orchestra Wellington’s, Transfigured Night, at the Michael Fowler Centre on Saturday 21 September, with Diedre Irons performing JS Bach’s dramatic Concerto No.1 in D minor.

ORCHESTRA WELLINGTON presents Transfigured Night
Marc Taddei, Music Director
Diedre Irons, Piano
Saturday 21 September
Michael Fowler Centre, 7.30pm

Schoenberg – Verklarte Nacht
JS Bach – Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Diedre Irons, Piano
Beethoven – String Quartet No.14 orch. D. Mitropoulos


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