Kevin Friedrich (accordion), New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
[ Viscount / CD - released 2/Oct/2020 ]
Accordionist Kevin Friedrich plays the music of New Zealand composer Gary Daverne, with the NZSO, the Moravian Philharmonic and guests. Features the Anzac trilogy.
JONATHAN BESSER / GREG FOX
Jonathan Besser (St Paul's Cathedral Organ, Dunedin Town Hall), Greg Fox (Guitar & Treatments)
[ Rattle Records / CD - released 12/Jun/2020 ]
An improvised live concert featuring Jonathan Besser (St Paul's Cathedral pipe organ) and Greg Fox (electric guitar and treatments), originally performed and recorded in 1984, here presented in a newly edit, mixed and mastered version.
Brahms: Clarinet Sonatas, Op. 120 & Clarinet Trio, Op. 114
Marie Ross (clarinet), Petra Somlai (piano), Claire-Lise Démettre (cello)
[ Centaur / CD - released 15/Nov/2019 ]
A ground-breaking recording of Brahms' Chamber Works for the Clarinet and Piano, this is the new disc from University of Auckland Lecturer, Marie Ross. Performed with original instruments from the period in the rarely-heard historically informed...
Paine: Waitemata Reverie, New Zealand Guitar Music, Vol. 3
Gunter Herbig (guitar)
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Nov/2019 ]
Classical guitar music has flourished in New Zealand in recent years, and Bruce Paine, among the country's leading composers for the instrument, is one of the most imaginative and original. This album charts the course of his writing from one of his...
HOLMES / WHITEHEAD / GAO PING / CARR / RITCHIE etc
Andrew Beer (violin), Sarah Watkins (piano)
[ Rattle Records / CD - released 25/Oct/2019 ]
Contemporary works for violin and piano by New Zealand composers.
Blake: Symphony - Voices
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell Tovey
[ Atoll Records New Zealand / CD - released 11/Jun/2019 ]
A dramatic symphonic journey through T. S. Eliot's "The Waste Land", recorded live.
Simon O'Neill (tenor), Gerhard Siegel, Iain Paterson, Martin Winkler, Hallé, Sir Mark Elder
[ Hallé / 4 CD - released 7/Jun/2019 ]
The Hallé completes its highly regarded Ring cycle, with the live recording of its acclaimed Bridgewater Hall performance under Sir Mark Elder. "Roaring jubilation and radiant beauty from Elder and the Halle….Elder is a superb Wagnerian, acutely...
Gillian Ansell (viola), Ashley Brown (cello), Rolf Gjelsten (cello), Amalia Hall (violin), Monique Lapins (violin), Luca Manghi (flute)
[ Rattle Records / CD - released 31/May/2019 ]
These works span 10 years of compositional output, and explore wide expressive terrain: from epic to compact, aggressive to introspective, earthy to mechanical. Their elastic rhythm, harmonic fluidity, and formal spontaneity make for dynamic - and...
Play-Pen: Dramatic Miniatures For Chamber Ensemble
Christina Wilson (voice), Liam Wooding (piano), Luca Manghi (flute), Ben Hoadley (bassoon)
[ Atoll Records / CD - released 17/May/2019 ]
A varied recording of engaging and characterful new music by Janet Jennings, performed by Christina Wilson, Liam Wooding, Luca Manghi and Ben Hoadley. The project takes its name and concept from Jenny Dolezel's painting Play-Pen, which featues as the...
G. I. GURDJIEFF
Gurdjieff: ex oriente
Gunter Herbig (electric guitar)
[ BIS / CD - released 10/May/2019 ]
Atmospheric music by the mystic, spiritual leader and composer.
LUDWIG van BEETHOVEN
Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas
Bella Hristova (violin), Michael Houstoun (piano)
[ Rattle Records / 4 CD - released 26/Apr/2019 ]
The complete Beethoven violin sonatas, 33 wonderful pieces of music, performed by two of the greatest Beethoven interpreters working today. Over 4 hours of beautifully produced, expertly performed Beethoven in a handsome 4-CD hard-cover...
SCHUBERT / ENESCU / BRAHMS
Ioana Cristina Goicea (violin), Andrey Gugnin (piano)
[ Atoll Records / CD - released 19/Apr/2019 ]
Two rising stars in the international music scene are Romanian violinist Ioana Cristina Goicea and Russian pianist Andrey Gugnin. Between them they have won numerous awards and received worldwide accolades. Ioana won the 2017 Michael Hill...
JACK BODY / JOHN PSATHAS / ANTHONY RITCHIE / TRADITIONAL
Music from New Zealand for Two Guitars
Jane Curry, Owen Moriarty (guitars)
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Apr/2019 ]
Guitar works by new Zealand composers continue to display a richness of imagination and sense of colour that makes them intensely attractive to listeners. In 1990 Jack Body wrote African Strings, which transcribed music of the Madagascan valiha tube...
GUILMANT / HAHN / BOSSI / VIERNE / REGER / WIDOR / etc
Resounding After Shocks
Martin Setchell (The Rieger Organ of Christchurch Town Hall, New Zealand)
[ Pipeline Press / CD - released 25/Mar/2019 ]
Martin Setchell brings the magnificent Christchurch Town Hall organ back to life.
[ Concordance Records / CD - released 22/Feb/2019 ]
In 2017, as part of their partnership with Radio New Zealand Concert, Orchestra Wellington, New Zealand's longest running and most well-attended regional orchestra, made live recordings of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 in C Major, Op. 21 and 'Symphony...
Pascal Harris (piano)
[ CD - released 20/Dec/2018 ]
"New Zealander Pascal Harris recorded these Impromptus in Japan. His performance and recording is delightful. Harris's touch is never heavy and ponderous - there is a lightness and delicacy in these dreamy pieces." Nicholas Butler/Marbecks
W. A. MOZART
Debut In Vienna: Mozart Piano Concertos No. 11, 12, 13
NZ Barok, Erin Helyard (fortepiano)
[ Atoll Records / CD - released 30/Nov/2018 ]
NZ Barok is New Zealand's only period instrument orchestra. Comprising leading baroque specialists from all over New Zealand, NZ Barok performs using instruments and playing styles of the period, breathing fresh life and vitality into baroque and...
Aquarius Choir, Marc Michael de Smet
[ Atoll Records New Zealand / CD - released 5/Sep/2018 ]
Moving a cappella settings of contemporary poems - music composed by Anthony Ritchie and performed by the superb Aquarius Choir of Belgium.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS / HOWELLS / WALTON / BOWEN
British Music for Viola and Orchestra
Helen Callus (viola) / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Marc Taddei
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Jun/2018 ]
"Helen Callus plays with sumptuous tone matched by flawless intonation" Gramophone
BENDA / PISENDAL / TORELLI
Concerti By Benda, Pisendal, Torelli
Lara Hall (baroque violin) / NZ Barok, Peter Walls
[ Atoll Records / CD - released 25/May/2018 ]
This CD is the culmination of a long-held desire to record little-known 18th century concerti. Players' parts were prepared for this project from digital copies of manuscripts in the Schank II Collection (Dresden) including Pisendel's scores of his...