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Beethoven - April 2014


Matteo Napoli
Our first Beethoven Concert this year included the magnificent Choral Fantasy for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, a mixture of piano solo, piano concerto and choral cantata of which the ecstatic progressions of this choral finale unmistakably anticipate the finale of the ninth symphony, "Ode to Joy", performed by the choir later this year.

Italian Matteo Napoli played the MTG Steinway grand piano in this marvellous Fantasy in which Beethoven superbly mixes passages of brilliant musical texture in piano solo and concerto effects.

Mozart's Requiem - 27th and 29th June 2014

St Paul's Church, Napier

  • Magic Flute Excerpts
  • Ave Verum Corpus
  • Requiem Mass in D Minor, K626

The last year of Mozart's life has always been shadowed with mystery and legend. Here we presented a selection of music written in 1791, his final year. The depth of emotion depicted, coupled with the Magic Flute's charm, will make the concert a delight to all audiences.

  • Sopranos - Georgia Jamieson Emms, Vicki Vaughan, TBC
  • Mezzo-Soprano - Christie Cook
  • Tenor - Tehezib Lathiff
  • Bass - Howard McGuire

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Pastoral - A Beethoven Orchestral Concert

Produced by Napier Civic Choir

28th June - St Paul's Church, Napier

  • Creatures of Prometheus, Op 43
  • Violin Concerto in D major, Op 61
  • Symphony No 6 'Pastoral', Op 68

Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony and Violin Concerto are without doubt two of the most iconic pieces in the orchestral repertoire. Promising violinist Jonathan Tanner returned to New Zealand from his first year studying overseas (Switzerland) to join us on this wonderful programme of concerts dedicated to Beethoven.

Violin - Jonathan Tanner

Ode To Joy - A Beethoven Choral Symphony

18th and 19th October - St Paul's Church, Napier

To be performed in Napier for the first time, Beethoven's 9th Symphony features a choral section in its final movement. This section is sung by four vocal soloists and chorus with words taken from a poem "Ode to Joy". Since its premier, this movement represents a symbol of the purest human brotherhood, depicting unity. Today, this symphony remains one of the most played symphonies in the world.

Gilbert and Sullivan Highlights - a Choir concert

9th November - St Paul's Church, Napier

Gilbert, who wrote the words, created fanciful "topsy-turvy" worlds for these operas where each absurdity is taken to its logical conclusion - fairies rub elbows with British lords, flirting is a capital offence, gondoliers ascend to the monarchy, and pirates turn out to be noblemen who have gone wrong. Sullivan composed the music, contributing memorable melodies that could convey both humour and pathos.

This was a fundraising concert for the choir.

Messiah - A Handel Choral Concert

13th and 14th December - St Paul's Church, Napier

This oratorio was composed in 1741 by George Frideric Handel, with a scriptural text compiled by Charles Jennens from the King James Bible and from the version of the Psalms included with the Book of Common Prayer. It was first performed in Dublin on 13 April 1742 and received its London premiere nearly a year later. After an initially modest public reception, the oratorio gained in popularity, eventually becoming one of the best-known and most frequently performed choral works in Western music. The 'Hallelujah Chorus' is particularly well known.

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For the fantastic 2014 photography a special thanks goes out to:

Richard Wood Photography