[ Atoll Records / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 11 December 2020
Michael Williams is a well-known figure in New Zealand composition. He has received commissions from most of the country's major musical institutions including the NZSO, NBR New Zealand Opera and Chamber Music New Zealand and his music is regularly broadcast on Radio New Zealand Concert. He has recorded a number of works through the Atoll label.
His 30 minute-long work "Letters From The Front" iis symphonic in scope, but includes sung and spoken texts based on letters written at the European Front of WW1, including a moving letter from his own great grandfather who was soon to die at the Somme.
Soldiers' letters from a variety of nationalities are used to dramatically document the experiences of ordinary men thrust into epic battles. New Zealand soprano Madeleine Pierard and actor Paul Gittins powerfully deliver the texts.
Symphony No. 1 "Letters from the Front": I. Agitato 05:42
Symphony No. 1 "Letters from the Front": II. Adagio lontano e tranquillo 08:36
Symphony No. 1 "Letters from the Front": III. Agitato 15:18