Orches­tra Welling­ton bring­ing in some help


Orches­tra Welling­ton has joined forces with Or­pheus Choir to bring a well-known Greek love leg­end to life.

The two artis­tic in­sti­tu­tions have cho­sen to take on Mau­rice Ravel’s lushly evoca­tive mu­si­cal love story Daph­nis and Chloe, much to the de­light of the orches­tra’s mu­sic di­rec­tor Marc Tad­dei.

‘‘I can’t be­gin to say how ex­cited I am to be per­form­ing Daph­nis and Chloe - it may well be the most sump­tu­ous work ever writ­ten for orches­tra,’’ Tad­dei said.

‘‘With an orches­tra and full cho­rus of 200 per­form­ers, this tow­er­ing work is a de­light from start to fin­ish and has my vote for the great­est bal­let score of the 20th cen­tury.’’

The per­for­mance, on Au­gust 5 at the Michael Fowler Cen­tre will see the orches­tra play Ravel’s full bal­let, rather than the Daph­nis and Chloe or­ches­tral suites which are usu­ally per­formed – some­thing Tad­dei be­lieves might be a first for the coun­try.

‘‘From the most del­i­cate ef­fects to the most shat­ter­ing cli­maxes, this may very well be the New Zealand premier of this mas­ter­piece.’’

Tad­dei’s role in putting the pro­duc­tion to­gether is an al­len­com­pass­ing one, help­ing ev­ery­one in­volved ‘‘get from point A to point B.’’

‘‘While I’m not mak­ing any of the mu­sic, I’m di­rect­ing the mu­si­cians and I’m over­lay­ing the work with the way I think it should go.’’

Daph­nis and Chloe was writ­ten in 1912 for bal­let im­pre­sario Sergei Di­aghilev’s Bal­lets Russes dur­ing the height of their artis­tic tri­umph.

Di­aghilev was at the pin­na­cle of his suc­cess and ev­ery­thing he touched was in­fused with ge­nius.

Also on the pro­gramme is Auck­land pi­anist Stephen de Pledge who will play one of the most beloved ro­man­tic pi­ano con­cer­tos, writ­ten Schu­mann for his wife.

Clara Schu­mann be­came its first cham­pion and per­former, and Tad­dei said it was no won­der that a con­certo so filled with love and af­fec­tion has re­mained a sta­ple of the reper­toire.

The con­cert opens with four move­ments from Schu­mann’s pi­ano show­piece Car­naval, or­ches­trated by Ravel to cre­ate a bal­let for Ni­jin­sky.

A con­tem­po­rary critic de­scribed the re­sult as, ‘‘Mu­sic that makes sport of love and mocks pas­sion, yet sets the blood danc­ing…’’ by

Marc Tad­dei con­duct­ing Orches­tra Welling­ton and the Or­pheus Choir.

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