Beethoven in local spotlight

CARLY THOMAS
Last updated 12:00 23/07/2014

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In a showcase of local talent, pianist Nick Hunter combines with the Manawatu Sinfonia to perform an orchestral programme in Palmerston North on Sunday with Beethoven as the highlight.

Hunter will play Beethoven's 4th Concerto in G, a piece from the romantic era which he says is his favourite in the repertoire.

"The first time I listened to the concerto I was hooked in the first few bars. The start is different, with just the piano by itself. It's not like most concertos from the era that generally start off big. It has a reflective interior and I have always really enjoyed it."

The Manawatu Sinfonia will be under the baton of former New Zealand Symphony Orchestra violist Peter Van Drimmelen and will open the concert with Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. Also included will be Saint Saen's 2nd symphony.

Van Drimmelen said the romantic music on the programme was accessible and exciting.

"The orchestra and Nick are giving it their all. It really is exciting to put the soloist and orchestra together for this great work."

The performance will be Hunter's first time with the Manawatu Sinfonia and playing Beethoven's 4th concerto is new to him as well.

He said it was a great opportunity to play with an orchestra and the piece was a challenge because of its technical difficulty.

"Beethoven is my favourite composer and this concerto is a masterpiece. I have been fortunate enough to have had regular input on the concerto from Massey University associate professor of musicology Robert Hoskins."

The Manawatu Sinfonia with Nick Hunter will be performing at The Speirs Centre on Sunday at 2.30pm.

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- Manawatu Standard

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