Rautavaara: Symphony No. 8, The Journey / Manhattan Trilogy / Apotheosis
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Pietari Inkinen
[ Naxos / CD - released 13/Apr/2008 ]
"This is a very well-balanced ensemble, and Naxos has captured them in excellent sound." (AudAud.com May 2008)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS / ELGAR / DELIUS / HOLST / BAX
O, to be in England: Music for a green and pleasant land
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / The English Northern Sinfonia
[ Heritage of Music / Gift of Music / CD - released 20/Jun/2011 ]
A fine collection of moving and wistful orchestral works which celebrate the English landscape and its natural beauty. English composers have always excelled at pastoral music with a hint of nostalgia: from 'the lark ascending' to the strains of...
Cresswell: Orchestral Works Vol 2 (Incls Salm: O!; Speak for Us, etc)
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. William Southgate, conductor
[ Continuum / CD - released 6/Sep/2002 ]
"of a quality that commands centre stage." - Glasgow Herald
GERSHWIN / RAVEL / PROKOFIEV
NIkki Chooi (violin) Stephen de Pledge (piano)
[ Atoll Records New Zealand / CD - released 12/Jun/2015 ]
Nikki Chooi was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and began his studies at age 9 at the Victoria Conservatory of Music, under the tutelage of Sydney Humphreys. He is a graduate of the Mount Royal Conservatory.
Orchestral Quartets Op. 14
NZSO Chamber Orchestra / Donald Armstrong (Director)
[ Naxos / CD - released 4/Dec/2006 ]
Known for his considerable contribution to orchestral music in the late 18th century, Carl Stamitz wrote nearly as much chamber music as symphonies and concertos.
LAMBERT / RAVEL / FAURE / SCHUMANN / FARR / etc
Pepe Becker (soprano) Helen Webby (harp)
[ Ode Records / CD - released 10/Dec/2010 ]
The first release on the Ode label for 2011 is harpist Helen Webby and soprano Pepe Becker's album Love's Nature.
Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 2 (arr. P. Breiner) - Kat'a Kabanova / The Makropulos Affair
Peter Breiner (arranger) / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Vesa-Matti Leppanen
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/May/2009 ]
This disc follows the stunning release by the same artists of Janácek's Operatic Orchestral Suites, Vol. 1 (Jenufa, The Excursions of Mr Broucek) on 8570555. Classics Today praised the conducting of Breiner on a previous recording in the following...
Peter Vere-Jones (narrator) Susan Wilson (director) Gareth Farr (music)
Bruce Mason's 'The End of the Golden Weather'
[ Te Papa Press / 2 CD - released 20/Oct/2007 ]
Bruce Mason is one of the most important New Zealand playwrights of the twentieth century. Born in Wellington in 1921, he moved with his family to Auckland at the age of five. There they lived close to Takapuna Beach, which was to become the setting...
Robin Wilson (violin) with Kemp English (piano)
[ Ode Records / CD - released 20/Oct/2007 ]
As a lecturer in Violin and Chamber music at the Australian Institute of Music, faculty member of the Victorian College of Arts, Dunedin born and raised Robin Wilson has a hectic lecturing and touring schedule.
Airs & Dances from Dublin Castle
[ Atoll Records / CD - released 9/Oct/2015 ]
The halls of 18th Century Dublin resounded with this music, much of it now rediscovered and recorded for the first time. In the 18th Century Dublin was the second city of the Empire with a population only slightly less that London's, and was...
JOSEPH MARTIN KRAUS
Kraus: Violin Concerto in C Major / Olympie: Incidental Music / etc
Takako Nishizaki (violin) / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Uwe Grodd
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Dec/2007 ]
"Takako Nishizaki plays the concerto with grace and expression. She is up to Kraus' challenges and is able to conquer them unobtrusively, letting the music sing. She receives warm support from the trimmed down New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under Uwe...
Taku Wana - The Enduring Spirit / The Wheel Turns
[ Atoll Records New Zealand / CD - released 12/Jul/2003 ]
Helen Fisher's music gently convinces us that a creative marriage between Maori and western cultures is indeed possible.
HAYDN / BOCCHERINI / SCHUBERT / STAMITZ / KLECYNSKI
Tres Cordes String Trio
[ Ode Records / CD - released 25/Feb/2013 ]
Overture in D major / Symphony in F Major, 'Triumph and Peace'
Ulster Orchestra / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Takuo Yuasa (conductor)
[ Naxos / CD - released 11/May/2004 ]
"Performances here are masterful. In 'Overture in D,' Takuo Yuasa conducts the New Zealand Symphony; in the others he leads the Ulster Orchestra, of which he is the Music Director. Yamada is highly honored in his native land as indeed he should be;...
ALWYN / GORECKI / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS / RAUTAVAARA / TAVENER / etc
Various Artists incls Zofia Kilanowicz (soprano), Maria Kiegel (cello), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
[ Naxos / 2 CD - released 17/Sep/2007 ]
This specially priced 2 CD set presents a selection of moving music by a number of important modern composers including Alwyn, Gorecki, Tavener, Part and Rautavaara.
ELGAR / PARRY / ARNOLD / HOLST / COATES / WOOD / WALTON / ALWYN / etc
The Best of British
Various artists including the English Northern Sinfonia, Royal Artillery Band, New Zealand Symphony, Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
[ Naxos / 2 CD - released 15/Oct/2006 ]
Favourites from The Last Night of the Proms and other uplifting works celebrating the British Empire and its Royal Family.
Earth Cry / Piano Concerto / Kakadu / etc
William Barton (didgeridoo) / Maria Anna Cislovska (piano) / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / James Judd, conductor
[ Naxos / CD - released 2/Dec/2004 ]
"Tasmanian composer Sculthorpe's psychedelic images of primeval times, nature and infinity are well worth your trouble. A superb and breathtakingly inexpensive disc. Miraculously good value at every level." - MusicWeb Nov 2004