Classical music round-up: a look back at June's highlights

Winter may finally have arrived, but it's been a great month for music lovers across the city.

The Michael Hill International violin competition concluded with a thrilling concert of Bartok, Prokofiev and Brahms at Auckland's Town Hall.

Since 2001, this competition has helped launch the careers of many young soloists from across the globe, including Bella Hristova, Feng Ning and Natalia Lomeiko. Check out their recordings available from Auckland Libraries here.

Congratulations to Sergey Malov from Russia, who took first prize with a passionate performance of Bartok's 2nd concerto, accompanied by our very own Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

The 'Big Sing' festival, showcasing secondary school choirs from around the region, had its Auckland heats last week. Auckland libraries got in the mood with a lunchtime concert from the guys at Aorere College. For those of you who couldn't make it, check them out here.

Finally, Wagner fans are no doubt anticipating the upcoming performances of the operas Das Rheingold and Die Valkyrie. Rheingold, performed in concert at Auckland Town Hall by the APO under Music Director Ekhehard Stier, features a largely NZ cast, including Paul Whelan and Anna Leese. Valkyrie is the 2nd instalment of Robert Le Page's striking production for the Metropolitan Opera, showing at cinemas nationwide from June 30.

If you just can't wait, check out these resources available from Auckland Libraries:

  • Das Rheingold and Die Valkyrie - recordings from the 2008 Bayreuth Festival, conducted by Christian Thielemann, available through the Digital Library
  • The Ring - An illustrated history of Wagner's Ring Cycles at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
  • The Making of 'Der Ring des Nibelungen - a fascinating behind the scenes look at the Bayreuth Festival

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