Resound audio of the week - archive

Monday 27 February 2017

Drysdale Overture – Douglas Lilburn

This Saturday in New York, New Zealand conductor Gemma New conducts the New York premiere of Douglas Lilburn's Overture: Aotearoa with Camerata Notturna.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features another overture by Douglas Lilburn, written three years before Overture Aotearoa. Here is Drysdale Overture (1937) performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Enrique Diemecke in 1996.



 

Monday 20 February 2017

Response – John Elmsly

This Wednesday at 7.30pm, Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music will present their Creative New Zealand / Jack C. Richards Composer-in-Residence Event at the Adam Concert Room. A concert featuring works by current Composer-in-Residence Alison Isadora and previous Composer-in-Residence John Elmsly will be followed by light refreshments.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features John Elmsly’s Response for flute and orchestra, performed in 2005 by flautist Bridget Douglas and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthias Bambert.



Monday 13 February 2017

Vulcan – John Rimmer

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra's 2017 season opens on Thursday night with 'Myths and Legends', featuring a performance of Vulcan by John Rimmer. Vulcan was commissioned by the APO in 1999 as part of their Millennium Fanfare Series, and is our Resound Audio of the Week.



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Monday 7 February 2017

Fire in the Belly – Jack Body

The 2017 Adam Chamber Music Festival continues this week, and will feature a performance of Jack Body's piano trio Fire in the Belly, tomorrow at 2pm, at Theatre Royal Nelson. The concert includes other works by Beethoven, Andy Akiho, and Schumann, and will feature performers Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Dénes Varjon (piano), Ian Rosenbaum (marimba), Naoto Segawa (marimba), Gillian Ansell (viola), and NZTrio.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a recording of Jack Body's Fire in the Belly performed by NZTrio in 2007.



Monday 30 January 2017

Tamatea Tutahi – Gillian Whitehead

The 2017 Adam Chamber Music Festival begins this week in Nelson, and will feature the New Zealand premiere of Dame Gillian Whitehead's new one-woman opera, Iris Dreaming. The Waitangi Day performance features soprano Joanne Roughton-Arnold and the NZTrio, in a concert that also includes works by NZ composers David Hamilton and Claire Cowan.  

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a solo piano work by Gillian Whitehead, Tamatea Tutahi, recorded by NZTrio pianist Sarah Watkins for the Resound Project in 2012.



Tuesday 24 January 2017

Untitled (Counterfeit Readymade #1) – Dugal McKinnon

This week, immersive surround-sound experience 'Octophonic/Ambisonic' continues at Wellington's Toi Pōneke Arts Centre. The installation is curated by Toi Pōneke's first Sound Artist in Residence, Thomas Voyce, who recently completed a PhD with Dr. Dugal McKinnon at Te Kōki New Zealand School of Music.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by Dr Dugal McKinnon. Untitled Counterfeit Readymade #1 is performed in this 2005 recording by Arnold Marinissen (percussion) and Lars Mlekusch (saxophone).



Monday 16 January 2017

Symphony No.3 – Anthony Ritchie

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by Dunedin composer Anthony Ritchie. Here is a recording of his Symphony No.3 performed by the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra with conductor Simon Over in 2010.

"This symphony is a portrayal of two sides of human personality, represented by the two movements of the work: ‘Up’ and ‘Down’. The music depicts the constant struggle to find balance in one’s life, in terms of mood and relationship with other people."




Monday 9 January 2017

Festival Overture – Douglas Lilburn

Our first Resound Audio of the Week for 2017 features a work by Douglas Lilburn. Here is a recording of his Festival Overture performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Marc Taddei in 2002.




Monday 19 December 2016

Knife Apple Sheer Brush – Eve de Castro-Robinson

Our final Resound Audio of the Week for 2016 features a work by Auckland composer Eve de Castro-Robinson. Here is a recording of her work Knife Apple Sheer Brush for vocalising flautist, performed by Mette Leroy in 2007.




Monday 12 December 2016

Violin Concerto – Lyell Cresswell

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by 2016 Arts Laureate Award recipient Lyell Cresswell. Here is a 1971 recording of his Violin Concerto, performed by violinist Alex Lindsay and the NZBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Edwin Carr. 




Tuesday 6 December 2016

Saetas – Jack Body

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by Jack Body. Here is Saetas for string quartet, in which the cellist doubles on accordion. It is performed in this recording by the New Zealand String Quartet.




Tuesday 29 November 2016

Here at this quiet limit of the world – Claire Cowan

This Saturday at 7:30pm, Orchestra Wellington presents world premieres of two New Zealand works: Claire Cowan's Violin Concerto, with soloist Amalia Hall, and a new work by David Long featuring visuals by David Downes and mechatronics by Jim Murphy.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features an earlier orchestral work by Claire Cowan. Here at this quiet limit of the world is performed in this 2006 recording by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Hamish McKeich.




Tuesday 8 November 2016

Swerve – Juliet Palmer

This Sunday at 5pm at Auckland's Loft at Q, the NZTrio will give the world premiere performance of Juliet Palmer's new work, Vermillion Songs.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features another piece by Juliet Palmer recorded in 2011. Here is Swerve performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Kenneth Young.




Tuesday 25 October 2016

Charge – James Gardner

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by James Gardner recorded on this day in 2003. Here is Charge for solo cello performed by NZTrio cellist Ashley Brown.




Monday 10 October 2016

Cancer - Pepe Becker

This Friday and Saturday a new work by Pepe Becker, Ciento Ochenta, will be performed by Warren Warbrick (taonga pūoro) and Virginia Warbrick (voice and shruti box) as part of TAHI80 in Pohangina and Apiti.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features another work by Pepe Becker. Here is a recording of Cancer for voices and thumbpiano performed by Baroque Voices in 2005.




Monday 19 September 2016

The Spirit of Qin - Shen Nalin

This Sunday at Auckland's Loft at Q, guzheng soloist Xia Jing and the NZTrio present 'GLOW' including a newly commissioned work by composer Gao Ping.

Also a performer, our Resound Audio of the Week features Gao Ping at the piano. Here is Spirit of Qin by Shen Nalin, performed by Gao Ping in 2002.




Tuesday 13 September 2016

le kaléidoscope d'obscurité - Dorothy Ker

This Friday at Wellington's Adam Concert Room, guzheng soloist Xia Jing and the NZTrio present new works by NZ composers Gao Ping, Dylan Lardelli, Jereon Speak, and Dorothy Ker.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of a work by one of the featured composers, Dorothy Ker. Here is her work le kaléidoscope d'obscurité, performed by 175 East in 2004.




Tuesday 6 September 2016

Rain Games - Helen Fisher

This Saturday at Christchurch's new concert venue 'The Piano', The Jubilate Singers with guest choir Bel Canto present 'Sounds of Aotearoa', a concert of all NZ choral works. 

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of another choral work by one of the featured composers, Helen Fisher. Here is her work for SA choir and piano, Rain Games, performed by the Opus Choir in 1993.




Monday 22 August 2016

Haiku - Gillian Whitehead

This week, a new one-woman chamber opera based on the life of NZ poet Robin Hyde receives it world premiere at London's Arcola Theatre. Iris Dreaming is a new work by composer Dame Gillian Whitehead and poet Fleur Adcock, directed by Sarah Brodie.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features another work by Dame Gillian Whitehead. Here is Haiku performed by Jane Manning (soprano), Gillian Ansell (viola), and Margaret Neilsen (piano) in 1996.




Monday 1 August 2016

Senyru - Ross Harris

This week the Julian Bliss & NZTrio tour continues in Dunedin, Invercargill and Auckland. All programmes feature a new work by Ross Harris, There may be light.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features another work Ross Harris, performed by the NZTrio. Here is Senryu, recorded in 2007.




Monday 11 July 2016

Bele Doette - Anthony Ritchie

This Friday at 12:10pm, Zephyr (a quintet of NZSO principal wind players) will perform a free concert at Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music that includes music by NZ composers Anthony Ritchie, Leonie Holmes, and Ken Wilson.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a work by one of the featured composers, Anthony Ritchie. Here is his piece Bele Doette performed here by Zephyr/NZSO principal oboist Robert Orr and soprano Pepe Becker.




Monday 27 June 2016

Suite for Solo Cello - Kenneth Young

This week, Chamber Music New Zealand's Suyeon Kang & Stephen De Pledge tour continues in Nelson and Wellington. The programme includes Kenneth Young's solo violin work, Gone, written for the 2015 Michael Hill International Violin Competition.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is another solo string work by Kenneth Young, written in 1986. Here is a Resound Studio recording of Suite for Solo Cello, recorded by cellist Ashley Brown in 2012.




Monday 20 June 2016

Landscapes - Leonie Holmes

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by Leonie Holmes, recorded on this day in 1987. Here is her work Landscapes for orchestra performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with conductor John Hopkins.




Monday 13 June 2016

Piece for Violin and Piano - Victoria Kelly

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by Auckland-based composer Victoria Kelly. Here is her work Piece for Violin and Piano performed by Mark Menzies (violin) and Reuben de Lautour (piano) in 1994.




Tuesday 7 June 2016

Derailleurs - Chris Watson

This Sunday, the NZTrio will perform Chris Watson's Schemata as part of their Loft Series: Zoom performance in Auckland.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features another work by Chris Watson. Here is a recording of his work Derailleurs for flute, guitar, percussion, cello and piano, performed by Stroma in 2003. Derailleurs was awarded first prize at the 2002 Asian Composers League Young Composers Competition in Seoul, Korea.




Monday 30 May 2016

Salm - Lyell Cresswell

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by Scotland-based NZ composer Lyell Cresswell. Here is a 1990 recording of his orchestral work Salm performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Piero Gamba.




Monday 9 May 2016

Five Melodies - Jack Body

This Saturday, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra will perform two New Zealand works as part of their Pacific Rhythms concert: Melodies for Orchestra by Jack Body, and Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra by Gareth Farr.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features another set of 'Melodies' by Jack Body. Here is a 1984 recording of Five Melodies for piano, performed by Margaret Nielsen.




Tuesday 26 April 2016

Alice - Gillian Whitehead

Next Thursday, the Auckland Philharmonia will perform a work by Dame Gillian Whitehead, who recently celebrated her 75th birthday.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of Whitehead's monodrama Alice, performed by the APO with mezzo-soprano Helen Medlyn in 2003.




Monday 18 April 2016

Symphony No.1 - Ross Harris

This week, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performs Ross Harris's Symphony No.2 in their Spirit of Anzac concerts in Wellington and Auckland.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of another symphony by Harris. Here is his Symphony No.1, performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with conductor Steven Smith in 2005.




Monday 11 April 2016

Symphony No.3 'Remembered Songs' - David Farquhar

This Thursday, the New Zealand School of Music Orchestra presents Rarities and Romance, featuring a rare performance of David Farquhar's Symphony No.1.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of another symphony by Farquhar. Here is his Symphony No.3 'Remembered Songs', performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor James Judd in 2003.




Monday 4 April 2016

Lullaby Carol - David Hamilton

This Saturday, Auckland Choral presents the world premiere of Erebus by David Hamilton at Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of another choral work by David Hamilton, Lullaby Carol.




Tuesday 29 March 2016

Sonata in C - David Griffiths

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of Sonata in C for piano by David Griffiths. It was recorded on this day in 1988 by pianist Terence Dennis.




Monday 14 March 2016

String Quartet No.2 - Nigel Keay

This week, the Spooner-Mosley Duo continue their Chamber Music New Zealand tour in Wanganui, Cromwell, Gore, and Motueka. Featured on their programme is a work by Paris-based New Zealand composer Nigel Keay.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of Nigel Keay's String Quartet No.2, performed by the Nevine Quartet in 2002.




Monday 7 March 2016

Icescape - Chris Cree Brown

This Saturday, the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra and violist Serenity Thurlow will give the world premiere of Chris Cree Brown's new Viola Concerto. Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of another piece by Chris Cree Brown, commissioned by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra in 2002: Icescape.

Icescape was a finalist in the 2003 SOUNZ Contemporary Award.




Monday 29 February 2016

At the Edge of Silence - Ross Harris

This Thursday marks the first of six performances of Ross Harris's new chamber opera Brass Poppies, in Wellington and Auckland. The score will be performed by Stroma with conductor Hamish McKeich in performances co-produced by NZ Arts Festival, Auckland Arts Festival, and NZ Opera. Ross Harris and Stroma were recently awarded the CANZ Trust Fund Award and KBB/CANZ Citation for Services to New Zealand Music, respectively.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of Ross Harris's At the Edge of Silence performed by Stroma. At the Edge of Silence was a finalist in the 2004 SOUNZ Contemporary Award.




Monday 22 February 2016

Stapes - Samuel Holloway

This week the Miyata-Yoshimura-Suzuki Trio will perform new works by Chris Gendall, Samuel Holloway, and Dylan Lardelli at concerts in Auckland, Wellington, and Lower Hutt.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of Samuel Holloway's Stapes performed by NZTrio. Stapes was the winner of the 2007 Asian Composer's League Young Composers Competition.




Monday 15 February 2016

Wax Lyrical - Chris Gendall

Last Thursday, new works by Chris Gendall, Samuel Holloway, and Dylan Lardelli were performed in Tokyo by the Miyata-Yoshimura-Suzuki Trio. The trio will perform these works at upcoming concerts in Auckland, Wellington, and Lower Hutt, between 25th - 29th February.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of Chris Gendall's Wax Lyrical, performed by Stroma with conductor Hamish McKeich. Wax Lyrical was the winner of the 2008 SOUNZ Contemporary Award.




Monday 1 February 2016

Swerve - Juliet Palmer

In anticipation of the 2016 NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ Recordings happening next week, Resound Audio of the Week continues to feature recordings from previous years of NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ recordings and readings.

Here is Swerve by Juliet Palmer. It is performed in this 2011 NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ recording by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Kenneth Young.





Monday 18 January 2016

Symphony: The Islands - Jack Speirs (completed by Gillian Whitehead)

In anticipation of the 2016 NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ Recordings happening next month, Resound Audio of the Week continues to feature recordings from previous years of NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ recordings and readings.

Here is Symphony: The Islands by Jack Speirs and completed by Gillian Whitehead. It is performed in this 2010 NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ recording by baritone David Griffiths and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Luke Dollman.





Tuesday 12 January 2016

Compass - Natalie Hunt

In anticipation of the 2016 NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ Recordings happening next month, Resound Audio of the Week continues to feature recordings from previous years of NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ recordings and readings.

Here is Compass by Natalie Hunt, recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Hamish McKeich in 2012. Click here to read more about Natalie's work.





Tuesday 5 January 2016

Synaesthesia - Michael Williams

In anticipation of the 2016 NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ Recordings happening next month, Resound Audio of the Week will feature a selection of recordings from previous years of NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ recordings and readings.

Here is Synaesthesia by Michael Williams, recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Kenneth Young in 2001.





Monday 7 December 2015

Interior - Jack Body

Our Resound Audio of the Week is in anticipation of next week’s Jack Body Cross-Cultural Music Conference in Hangzhou, China. The conference will be held at the Zhejiang Conservatory of Music, and features New Zealand String Quartet and NZTrio performances of Jack Body's music alongside works by other New Zealand composers including Ross Harris, Gillian Whithead, John Psathas, Gao Ping, and Michael Norris.

Here is a recording of Jack Body’s work Interior for chamber septet and tape, built around field recordings made by the composer on his first trip to China in 1987.





Monday 30 November 2015

Xylophone Concerto - Karlo Margetić

This Saturday, pianist Michael Houstoun and Orchestra Wellington will give the world premiere performance of Karlo Margetić’s piano concerto, entitled Melting Furniture. Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of another concerto by Margetić. Here is Xylophone Concerto performed by soloist Brent Stewart and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ben Northey.





Tuesday 24 November 2015

Piano Concerto - Kenneth Young

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by Kenneth Young, who recently had a CD of symphonic works released by Atoll Records. Here is his Piano Concerto, recorded in 2004 by pianist Michael Houstoun and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra with conductor Steven Smith.





Monday 9 November 2015

Suite for Solo Cello - Kenneth Young

Our Resound Audio of the Week is linked to tomorrow night’s NZTrio concert at Wellington's City Gallery that features a newly commissioned piano trio by Kenneth Young.

Here is Kenneth Young’s 1986 work Suite for Solo Cello performed by NZTrio cellist Ashley Brown, recorded for the Resound Project in 2012.





Monday 2 November 2015

A Birthday Offering - Douglas Lilburn

Today is Douglas Lilburn's 100th birthday! Our Resound Audio of the Week is a 2004 recording of Lilburn's A Birthday Offering, performed here by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Kenneth Young.





Tuesday 27 October 2015

Response - John Elmsly

Next Monday, Stroma and SOUNZ present a major tribute to Douglas Lilburn on the day of his 100th birthday. Nine Echoes features nine new works written by New Zealand composers, each work responding to one of Lilburn's Nine Short Pieces for piano, which will be played by Emma Sayers.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a piece by one of the nine featured composers, John Elmsly. Here is Response for flute and orchestra, performed in 2005 by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with soloist Bridget Douglas, who is a member of Stroma.





Monday 19 October 2015

Lumen - Helen Bowater

The inaugural Aroha String Quartet-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings project begins this Saturday, with a public concert on Monday 26 October.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by Helen Bowater, one of the composers to have a piece recorded by the Aroha String Quartet this weekend. Here is Lumen by Helen Bowater, performed here by Stroma conducted by Hamish McKeich in 2006.





Tuesday 13 October 2015

the improbable ordered dance - Gillian Whitehead

The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra recently announced their 2016 season, and their ‘Beethoven’s Triumph’ concert in May includes a performance of Dame Gillian Whitehead’s the improbable ordered dance. This work was originally written for the APO during her time as their Composer-in-Residence in 2000, and won the 2001 SOUNZ Contemporary Award.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a recording of the improbable ordered dance, performed here by the NZSO with conductor Kenneth Young in 2006.





Monday 5 October 2015

Forgotten Memories - Chris Cree Brown

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra recently announced their 2016 season, and their opening concert includes a new viola concerto by Christchurch composer Chris Cree Brown.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a 2004 work by Chris Cree Brown for viola and orchestra, Forgotten Memories. It is performed here by violist Vyvyan Yendoll and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor James Judd.





Monday 28 September 2015

Concerto Balabile - Edwin Carr

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a piece by Edwin Carr, recorded on this day in 2001. Here is Concerto Balabile performed by pianist Richard Mapp and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Matthias Bamert.





Monday 21 September 2015

circuit:spiral - Chris Watson

This week’s Resound Audio of the week features a work by 2015 SOUNZ Contemporary Award winner Chris Watson. Here is a 2006 recording of Watson’s orchestral work circuit:spiral, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with conductor Hamish McKeich.

"circuit:spiral is one possible commentary on the nature of recurrence, both real and imagined. Materials are reused at fairly short intervals in a spiral or coil framework, sometimes quoted exactly, often altered drastically and always recontextualised to achieve a sense of continual development. The composer is interested in first reactions to pieces of new music: does the mind recall sonic events and conjure meaningful relationships between them, or, in the absense of repeated hearings, is the new musical experience heard simply as fantasia?"

circuit:spiral
was a finalist in the 2006 Douglas Lilburn Prize, in which it was awarded the Panel Prize.





Tuesday 8 September 2015

Arapatiki - Gillian Whitehead

This Friday, New Zealand pianist Stephen De Pledge performs Landscape Preludes by 12 New Zealand composers, in Köln, Germany. Recordings of all 12 works performed by Stephen De Pledge are available for online listening through the Resound Project.

This week’s Resound Audio of the Week is a 2008 recording of Gillian Whitehead’s prelude, Arapatiki.





Monday 31 August 2015

And Music Shall Untune the Sky - David Hamilton

This week, the Tākiri Ensemble continue their Chamber Music New Zealand Encompass Tour in Whanganui, Rotorua, and Whakatane. Their programmes include works by NZ composers David Hamilton, Ross Harris, and Anthony Ritchie.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by David Hamilton. Here is And Music Shall Untune the Sky, commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in 1987.





Monday 24 August 2015

Splinter Cells - Michael Norris

This Sunday Stroma presents a concert of all New Zealand music, featuring works by Jeroen Speak, Michael Norris, Alison Isadora, and Jack Body.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a 2005 work by Stroma's co-director Michael Norris. Here is Splinter Cells, performed by Stroma and saxophonist Lars Mlekusch.





Monday 17 August 2015

...the beginning of a new story... - Ross Harris

Arts Laureate Ross Harris celebrates his 70th birthday this week. On Wednesday, a birthday concert featuring his solo and chamber works will be presented by Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music.

This week’s Resound Audio of the Week features an orchestral work by Ross Harris, …the beginning of a new story… performed here by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra on their 60th birthday in 2007.





Monday 10 August 2015

O Ignis Spiritus - Pepe Becker

This week the BIG SING National Finale is being held in Wellington, and each choir will perform a New Zealand work. Our Resound Audio of the Week is a choral work by Pepe Becker for SSAATTBB Choir with hand-held rocks.





Monday 3 August 2015

Sound Cylinders - Chris Cree Brown

This Sunday, the NZTrio will perform the first of their ‘Loft Series’ concerts, and their programme includes a New Zealand work: Fragments for Piano Trio, Fixed Media and Images by Chris Cree Brown. This week’s Resound Audio of the Week features another piece by Chris Cree Brown. Here is Sound Cylinders for flute and tape, performed by Luca Manghi in 2008.

"The tape part in ‘Sound Cylinders’ consists mainly of flute sounds that have been altered or modified with the help of a computer. This not only provides a way for the spectral qualities of the flute to be extended in the tape part, but also allows for a singularity in the overall timbral character of the work. The flute part utilises several extended techniques (such as tongue rams). The work attempts to incorporate each of these extended techniques as an integral and integrated part of the overall sound world of the piece. The opening inhale/exhale breathing sounds establishes the nature of the dialogue between the flute and tape parts in the work. ‘Sound Cylinders’ was written for Tony Ferner over the summer of 1996 and 1997."






Tuesday 28 July 2015

Dubina - Karlo Margetic

This weekend the 50th Jubilee National Finals of Chamber Music New Zealand’s NZCT Chamber Music Contest takes place in Wellington. The Composition Section of the Contest has been running since 1972 and is supported by SOUNZ.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a work by NZ composer Karlo Margetic, who won the Composition Section of the Contest in 2004 and 2005. Here is Dubina by Karlo Margetic, recorded by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei, in 2005.






Monday 20 July 2015

Aurum - Simon Eastwood

With 2016 NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ Recordings submissions due today, our Resound Audio of the Week features a work recorded at the 2008 NZSO-RNZC-SOUNZ Recordings.

Here is Aurum by NZ composer Simon Eastwood, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Young. This work was commissioned by the NZSM orchestra in 2007 as the prize for winning the 2006 Jenny McLeod Award for Composition.

"The initial inspiration for Aurum came from a 1976 Bridget Riley painting of the same name. I was fascinated by the vibrant interplay of colour displayed in the painting, with wavy lines of bright yellow and white set against darker shades of blue. Each line appeared clear and separate, yet from a distance they would all merge into one luminescent texture.

As the piece progressed it took on a life of its own, however throughout the composition process I was chiefly concerned with the interaction between different instrumental and harmonic colours, and the sonic texture these interactions produced. The word ‘aurum’ itself means gold, and therefore evokes images of brightness, brilliance and wealth, but looking at Riley’s painting I noticed a darker layer that seemed to seep up from beneath the brilliance, perhaps portraying a darker side to this precious metal."






Monday 13 July 2015

Rothko Variations - Kit Powell

With only one week to go until the submission deadline for the 2016 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings, our Resound Audio of the Week features a work recorded at the 2011 NZSO-RNZ Concert-SOUNZ Recordings.

Here is Rothko Variations by NZ Composer Kit Powell, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kenneth Young.





Tuesday 7 July 2015

this liquid drift of light - Eve de Castro-Robinson

Last weekend, pianist Delvan Lin won the 2015 Wallace National Piano Competition. All competitors included a piece by a NZ composer on their programme, and Lucy Zheng won the SOUNZ award for Best Performance of a NZ work for her performance of dance fury - homage to Astor Piazzolla by Gao Ping.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of the NZ work that Delvan Lin performed at the competition: this liquid drift of light by Eve de Castro-Robinson. It is performed in this 2008 recording by pianist Stephen De Pledge.





Monday 29 June 2015

Trains of Thinking - Claire Cowan

This week the NZSO National Youth Orchestra presents concerts in Wellington and Christchurch. Each year, the NZSO NYO performs a new work by its Composer-in-Residence, and their 2015 programme includes the premiere of Rainphase by Salina Fisher.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a recording of the NZSO National Youth Orchestra performing 2006 Composer-in-Residence work Trains of Thinking by Claire Cowan.




Monday 22 June 2015

For Young Nick - Leonie Holmes

This week’s Resound Audio of the Week continues to celebrate the 50th Jubilee of Chamber Music New Zealand’s NZCT Chamber Music Contest. The Composition Section of the Contest has been running since 1972 and is supported by SOUNZ. This year’s Composition Adjudicator is Auckland composer Leonie Holmes. Here is her piece For Young Nick performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich.

The Contest’s Composition Section results will be announced this week - keep an eye out!





Monday 15 June 2015

beneath the veil of silence - Neville Hall

This week’s Resound Audio of the Week continues to celebrate Chamber Music New Zealand’s NZCT Chamber Music Contest’s 50th Jubilee year, and Regional Finals take place around the country this weekend. Every year, SOUNZ curates a list of NZ works suitable for performance at the Contest, which can be viewed here.

At the 2004 Contest National Finals, Tacet from Burnside High School came runners-up performing a New Zealand work beneath the veil of silence by Neville Hall. Here is a recording from their National Finals performance at the James Hay Theatre in Christchurch.


 


Tuesday 2 June 2015

Concerto for clarinet and strings - Ken Wilson

Chamber Music New Zealand’s NZCT Chamber Music Contest celebrates its 50th Jubilee this year, and District rounds begin today! Every year, SOUNZ curates a list of NZ works suitable for performance at the Contest, which can be viewed here.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording from 1965, the year that the Contest began. New Zealand Composer Ken Wilson features as the soloist in his Concerto for clarinet and strings with the NZBCSO, now the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.





Monday 25 May 2015

Learning to nudge the wind - Louise Webster

Tonight, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra premieres new works by four emerging composers and APO Composer-in-Residence Kenneth Young at their Letters in Wartime concert at the Auckland Museum. The works have been inspired by letters from the museum’s special collection written by New Zealand soldiers at the front during World War I.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of another orchestral work by one of the featured composers, Louise Webster. Learning to nudge the wind is performed here by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Hamish McKeich.





Monday 18 May 2015

A Birthday Offering - Douglas Lilburn

Tomorrow night, the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music Orchestra will perform Douglas Lilburn’s Diversions for String Orchestra in a programme conducted by Kenneth Young.

Our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of another work by Lilburn, conducted by Kenneth Young: A Birthday Offering. Lilburn was commissioned to write this work in 1956 for the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s 10th birthday. It is performed in this 2004 recording by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.





Monday 11 May 2015

Poems of Solitary Delights - Jack Body

In commemoration of Jack Body, who passed away last Sunday, our Resound Audio of the Week is a recording of his Poems of Solitary Delights written in 1985 and dedicated to Douglas Lilburn. It is performed in this recording by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Paul Chappory (tenor), conducted by Kenneth Young.

Kenneth Young says about this piece: “For me, this music encapsulates the aesthetic credo of its creator – a musician who has opened so many doors for so many of us.”





Monday 4 May 2015

i am dead but i know the dead are not like this - Alex Taylor

CMNZ Composer Connections (Programme One - NZTrio) tour kicks off in Nelson tomorrow, and features works by composers Alex Taylor, Karlo Margetić, and Claire Cowan in programmes specially curated by them.

This week’s Resound Audio of the Week is a piece by Alex Taylor: i am dead but i know the dead are not like this performed by Jenny Chen (violin) and Cameron Stuart (cello) in 2008.




Tuesday 28 April 2015

Heavy Traffic - Michael Norris

This week the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents their Aotearoa Plus concerts in Wellington and Auckland. The programme includes a premiere of a new work Claro by NZ composer Michael Norris. Click here to see Michael introduce Claro.

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a recording of Michael Norris's Heavy Traffic performed by Hamish McKeich (contrabassoon) and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2006.

"After the opening motoric passage in the strings, the contrabassoon comes flying down the entrance ramp with horn blaring, thereafter engaging in a constant battle for supremacy with the aggressive manoeuvres of the orchestra. In the final chaotic section, for instance, it has to endure the strings’ lane-changing (without indicating), the woodwinds’ tailgating, and the tuba’s road rage while struggling to chart its own course through the orchestra’s clogged highways."




Monday 20 April 2015

Piercing the Vault - Michael Williams

This week the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra presents their Spirit of Anzac concerts in Wellington and Auckland. The programme includes a premiere of a new work Symphony No.1 Letters from the Front by NZ composer Michael Williams. 

Our Resound Audio of the Week features a recording of Michael Williams's Piercing the Vault performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in 2005.




Monday 13 April 2015

Shadow Hands - Claire Cowan

This week's Resound Audio of the Week features composer Claire Cowan, who has two pieces being performed by the NZTrio at the upcoming Festival of Colour in Wanaka.

Here is a recording of Shadow Hands by Claire Cowan, performed by pianist John Chen in 2005.




Wednesday 8 October 2014

Saetas - Jack Body

Jack Body celebrated his 70th birthday yesterday, so today we continue to celebrate with him through our Resound Audio of the Week. Saetas was commissioned by the New Zealand String Quartet in 2002. It is a four movement work inspired by the passionate religious songs heard in the Holy Week processions in Southern Spain. The original version for four musicians requires the cellist to double on the accordion.

This recording is from a performance given on 2 August 2003 by the New Zealand String Quartet.


Wednesday 20 August 2014

John Elmsly - Elegy

This week's Resound Audio of the Week attempts to link together two very different events - the premiere of a work by John Elmsly by the Jade Quartet in Auckland, and a farewell concert  by Dorothy Raphael, a NZ percussionist preparing to study at the Guildhall in London.

John Elmsly's Elegy is scored for timpani and tape , and this recording comes for a performance by the Karlheinz Company in June 1994.

 


Wednesday 13 August 2014

David Farquhar - Woven Strands 

This week the NZTrio are performing in Christchurch as part of Christopher's Classics at St Michael and All Angels Church. The NZTrio are known for actively commissioning and performing music by New Zealand composers. The Resound Audio of the Week is a performance of David Farquhar's Woven Strands performed by the NZTrio in 2012.

 


Wednesday 6 August 2014

David Farquhar - Tango from 'Ring Round the Moon' (piano duet arrangement)

Today Richard Apperley, Resound Administrative Assistant, has been busy uploading 100 new items of audio to the Radio New Zealand servers as part of the Resound project. To celebrate he has chosen one of the recordings he has uploaded - an arrangement of David Farquhar's 'Tango' from Ring Round the Moon for piano duet, performed here in 1998 by Margaret Nielsen and David Farquhar himself.

 


Wednesday 30 July 2014

John Elmsly - Stilldream K....

John Elmsly has recently retired  from his post as Associate Professor of the School of Music, University of Auckland. 

In a career spanning thirty years at the University of Auckland, Elmsly distinguished himself not only as a fine composer whose works have been performed all around the world, but also as a dedicated and inspirational teacher. It is a mark of his quality as a teacher of composition that a number of his former students have gone on to enjoy highly successful careers of their own.

This work is scored for baroque flute and tape, and the composer appears as the performer in this recording.

 


Wednesday 23 July 2014

Gillian Whitehead - Karohirohi

The 12th World Harp Congress is being held in Sydney this week, so our Resound Audio of the Week is a work written for Carolyn Mills (harp) and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra - Karohirohi by Gillian Whitehead.

This recording is performed by Carolyn Mills (harp) and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Lazarev.

 


Wednesday 16 July 2014

David Farquhar - Winter wakeneth all my Care  

The Resound Audio of the Week marks the national convention of the New Zealand Choral Federation - Choral Connect '14, taking place in Hastings this week.

This recording is a live concert performance given by The Tudor Consort, directed by Alastair Carey, in 2005.

  


Wednesday 9 July 2014

David Hamilton - Fanfare for a Special Occasion

The 134th National Brass Band Chamionship are being held in Invercargill from 9 - 13 July, with over 1000 musicians taking part. Here at SOUNZ we are celebrating with our Resound Audio of the Week - a performance of David Hamilton's Fanfare for a Special Occasion by the Central Band of the Royal New Zealand Air Force.

  


Wednesday 2 July 2014

Louise Webster - Learning to nudge the wind

The CANZ Nelson Workshop runs this year from 3 - 7 July - a wonderful opportunity for composers to develop and experiment. The Resound Audio of the Week, Learning to nudge the wind, was written by one of the co-convenors of this year's conference, Louise Webster.

This recording was made as part of the 2012 SOUNZ/NZSO recordings featuring the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich. 


Wednesday 25 June 2014

Pepe Becker - Hoquetus Sanctus 

Wellington based vocal ensemble Baroque Voices is celebrating its 20th birthday with a concert on Saturday 28 June (8pm) at Sacred Heart Cathedral, Wellington. Our Resound audio of the week marks this significant anniversary.

Hoquetus Sanctus by Pepe Becker (the director of Baroque Voices) was chosen to be performed in Sweden at the 2009 ISCM World New Music Days festival. It is a positive and rhythmic work, complete with stones - perfect for a birthday celebration! This recording was made by Baroque Voices conducted by Pepe Becker in 2008 at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul.

 


Wednesday 18 June 2014

Chris Gendall - Wax Lyrical

This week's Resound audio of the week features a performance by Stroma in anticipation of their The Mirror of Time 3  concerts this week. Stroma is New Zealand's largest and most flexible chamber ensemble, and perform regularly with a repertoire of fresh, cutting-edge compositions including new works by New Zealand composers.

Wax Lyrical won the 2008 SOUNZ Contemporary Award, and this performance was recorded by Stroma in Ilott Council Chamber in May 2009.

 


Wednesday 11 June 2014

Jack Body - John Lee's Pluck (from Two Blues)

This week's Resound audio of the week continues to celebrate the district rounds of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest district rounds.

John Lee's Pluck (from Two Blues) is a tribute to legendary blues performer John Lee Hooker. It was composed in 2004 for Dutch pianist Marcel Worms. This recording dates from 2008, and is performed by the NZTrio in the Music Theatre of the University of Auckland.

 




Wednesday 4 June 2014

Ross Harris - String Quartet No. 3 (Blood Red Roses)

This week's Resound audio of the week marks two events - the beginning of the NZCT Chamber Music Contest district rounds, and the premiere of Aria for solo viola and string orchestra  by Ross Harris given by Robert Ashworth and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Giordano Bellincampi.

The String Quartet No. 3 (Blood Red Roses) is performed by the New Zealand String Quartet at St Mary's of the Angels, Wellington, as part of the New Zealand International Arts Festival in 2006.


 


Wednesday 28 May 2014

Jack Speirs - Cantico del Sole

Franz-Paul Decker was a conductor of international reputation who was appointed the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra's first Conductor Laureate in 1995. This honour recognised his 40 year association as Guest Conductor, Principal Conductor, and Chief Conductor of the orchestra, and his significant influence on orchestral performance in New Zealand.  He had a "love affair" with the NZSO since he first conducted it in 1966, when he was "very positively surprised [by its] highly professional musicians. It is the longest relationship I have had with any orchestra in the world". [Bravo! The NZSO at 50, Joy Tonks.]

Franz-Paul Decker passed away on May 19, 2014. We are fortunate to have two recordings conducted by him in the Resound audio archive - this recording of Cantico del Sole by Jack Speirs, and Concertino for horn, piano and strings by Robert Burch. 

Gina Sanders (Soprano), Auckland Dorian Choir, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Franz-Paul Decker

Recorded live on 29 September, 1990 

 

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