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Bach to Bach performance

Bach Sei Solo is one of three, free streamed premieres by the NZSO this week.

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra continues its weekly free streamed performances with a new six-part series which premiered yesterday.

Bach Sei Solo features NZSO string players performing their favourite movements from one of Johann Sebastian Bach’s solo partitas, sonatas or suites. The musicians also share their thoughts on what the music means to them.

Each performance was filmed by a player performing in their home. This week, NZSO Guest Assistant Concertmaster Jessica Oddie of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performs three movements from Bach’s Sonata No. 3, recorded in her studio apartment.

The need for speed

Speed is a fast-paced concert in which each piece of music is no longer than three minutes. The rapid-fire experience includes works from artists and composers such as Britten, Rimsky-Korsakov and begins tomorrow with a performance of New Zealand composer Gareth Farr’s work, Ascent.

Renowned German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser joins with NZSO section principal cello Andrew Joyce, associate principal cello Ken Ichinose and cello Rowan Prior perform the work.

Tomorrow at 6.30pm Shed Series — Speed will feature.

Speed is curated by NZSO principal conductor in residence Hamish McKeich and is presented with support from performing partner RNZ Concert.

Discovering Beethoven

In celebration of Beethoven’s 250th birthday this year, the NZSO, in association with Ryman Healthcare, presents the third of its Discovering Beethoven series on Sunday, May 3 at 4pm, All performances are by NZSO players at home.

All performances can be viewed at https://live.nzso.co.nz/ and Music Room videos at nzso.co.nz/nzso-engage/music-room/ via smart TV, mobile phone, tablet or computer.

BACH FOR STRINGS: The Sydney Symphony Orchestra violinist Jessica Oddie performs three movements from Bach’s Sonata No. 3, recorded in her studio apartment, in the first of a new six-part series of free streamed performances of works by Bach. Picture supplied