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Rain is an iconic poem by Hone Tuwhare, describing beautifully a feature of the weather but also subtly ruminating on death. The setting is quiet and lyrical, with an optional part for a rainmaker (to be played by the singer). This setting for baritone and piano was written for Matt Landreth, and recorded by him. The recording and score were auctioned to raise funds for the Otago Hospice appeal in May 2008. The song was subsequently scored for orchestra and recorded by Matt Landreth and the Auckland Philharmonia.
Written for Matt Landreth, and requested by Martin Ferguson to raise funds for the Otago Hospice fund
Poem by Hone Tuwhare
04 Apr 2009: APO Opera Half Dozen
17 Nov 2009: RNZ Concert: APO's Opera Half Dozen
Featuring: Radio New Zealand Concert