[ Rattle Records / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 25 October 2019
Contemporary works for violin and piano by New Zealand composers.
"When we first started giving concerts together in 2015, we immediately agreed upon the importance of featuring NZ music, as this country is spectacularly overflowing with gifted and creative composers. We wanted to record duos that weren't as well-known as we thought they should be, so this album is our way of elevating eleven extraordinary New Zealand composers. We love all of these pieces, and hope this will be the first of many times we can share the rich and diverse music of New Zealand with you." - Andrew and Sarah, May 2019
Acclaimed as a "virtuoso soloist" (San Francisco Classical Voice) possessing a "glorious string tone" (Strad Magazine) and as a "musical gift" (New York Times), Andrew is certainly one of the most gifted violinists in NZ. His intense commitment to the work at hand, his energy, drive, and deep-focused concentration are immediately evident when one hears him play, but his tone, his musical instincts, his passion, and his impressive feeling for nuance bring a richness to his music-making that is the hallmark of exceptional artistry.
Sarah was a founding member of NZTrio from 2003 to 2018, a group widely recognized as one of New Zealand's most dynamic and indispensable music ensembles that brought bold and eclectic performances to audiences at home and abroad. Her lifelong passion for accompanying and chamber music led to an impressive career in the US and New Zealand, where she is highly sought-after as a collaborative pianist, recording artist and ensemble musician.
Leonie Holmes - Dance of the Wintersmith
Gillian Whitehead - Torua
Gao Ping - Questioning the Mountains
Josiah Carr - Dance
Anthony Ritchie - Rhapsody
Reuben Jelleyman - Variations
Gareth Farr - Unforeseen Evolutions
Juliet Kiri Palmer - small excesses
Philip Brownlee - Water Sketch with Tui
Anthony Watson - Concert Piece
Alex Taylor - Three Endings