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Alberton is a historic, romantic 18-room timber mansion in Auckland. In the late 19th and early 20th century it was famous for its hunts, garden parties, dances, music and friendly welcomes, which is still evident today. The atmosphere of the Victorian period, with the ballroom and spacious grounds, is captured in this music. The powerful brass chords show the strong character of Allan Kerr Taylor, owner and builder of this stately home. The spirits of the three unmarried daughters, the last family residents, are solo woodwind features. The shimmering tremolo string passages and harp arpeggios depict the 'ghostly' games played by Aunt Muriel on the children.
12 Nov 2000: Performed by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra cond. Gary Daverne; Bruce Mason Centre, Auckland
Performed by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Petr Poloanik