[ Trust / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 25 August 2009
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'Farr is obviously one of the most individual and entertaining composers working anywhere today.'
Jim Svejda, Classical KUSC, Los Angeles, USA
Fully re-packaged, Gareth Farr: Sea Gongs combines two classic Farr titles into this two-disc deluxe edition. CD 1, Farr: Orchestral Music (MMT2021) contains all-exclusive Farr recordings, including title work From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs, commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for its 50th Anniversary. CD 2, Farr's orchestral single Te Papa (MMT2026) contains title work Te Papa, composed to celebrate the opening of the Museum of New Zealand. Te Papa combines symphony orchestra, operatic soprano and tenor and Maori karanga into a powerful and moving work which 'transcends idiom and individual taste.'
From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs (1996)
The sounds in the air, music from the far reaches of the Pacific, the drums of Rarotonga in the East, the Gamelan of Bali in the West, the taiko of Japan in the North, the haka of Aotearoa in the South. The sounds dart over the waves, mingling into the great crescendo, millions of voices singing, millions of hands drumming, as one.
Le Temps est a la Pluie (1995)
A threnody to all life in the Pacific region that has fallen victim to radiation leaks from French nuclear testing on Polynesian atolls over the last four decades.
Waipoua is an exploration of the lyrical and emotional capabilities of the clarinet. It is also a recollection of a memorable trip to the Waipoua State Forest, with its healing air, cool green light, delicate echoing sounds, and the overwhelming sight of Tane-Mahuta, the giant Kauri tree.
Tabuh Pacific (1995)
Tabuh Pacific was composed as a lively dialogue between two diverse instrumental ensembles, the standard symphony orchestra and the Balinese gamelan. Like the orchestra, the gamelan is a large ensemble of multiple timbres, primarily percussion.
Queen of Demons (1997)
Queen of Demons is Farr's second orchestral piece based on the Hebrew myth of the demonic Lilith. After Lilith was cast out of the Garden of Eden for being too dominant in character, she reformed herself as a great demon, and began to produce Lilim (baby Liliths) at the rate of 1000 a day - her band of demons.
1). From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs
3). Le Temps est a la Pluie
4). Tabuh Pacific
5). Queen of Demons
1) Te Papa
2) Te Papa (log drum'n'bass mix)
3) Te Papa (urenui mix - Sam Negri)