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
McLeod: The Emperor and the Nightingale / Rock Concerto / etc
Helen Medlyn (narrator) & Eugene Albulescu (piano) / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Uwe Grodd
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Oct/2011 ]
New Zealand-born composer Jenny McLeod's wide musical background is here distilled into three works of highly enjoyable directness. The Emperor and the Nightingale is a colourful score which accompanies the narration of a Hans Christian Andersen...
Bach: Six Suites For Solo Cello
Inbal Megiddo (cello)
[ Atoll Records / CD - released 16/Mar/2018 ]
While much of Bach's music is deeply associated with the church, for six years Bach served as Kapellmeister at the little Calvinist court at Cothen, where sacred music did not hold much importance. Bach was in a unique position, having the resources...
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...
J. S. BACH
In the Italian Style
James Tibbles (harpsichord)
[ Atoll Records New Zealand / CD - released 10/Jun/2009 ]
This recording of eighteenth-century German harpsichord music, made in Auckland, New Zealand, is really about the relationship between an instrument and its music; to be brought to life it relies on a unique collaboration between instrument builder,...
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.
Katherine Austin, James tennant, Alexa Still, Gareth Still, Gareth Farr
[ Trust / CD - released 17/Jun/2000 ]
New Zealand's top musicians go Farr!
Songs (Includes Three songs from Wilhelm Tell & Three Sonnets of Petrarch)
Keith Lewis (tenor) David Harper (piano)
[ Trust / CD - released 26/Nov/2004 ]
Although a prolific songwriter Liszt is not commonly regarded as a lyricist in the same way as are his contemporaries Wolf or Brahms. In this recital Keith Lewis aims to offer support for the contention that Liszt's songs are deserving of a more...
HANDEL / GLUCK / MOZART
Opera Kings, Gods and Mortals
Keith Lewis (tenor) / New Zealand Chamber Orchestra / Kenneth Young
[ Morrison Trust / CD - released 31/Oct/2007 ]
New Zealand-born Keith Lewis is one of the world's busiest tenors. He appears regularly throughout the UK, Europe and North America.
KIRI te KANAWA
I Could Have Danced all Night (Concert & Portrait) BLU-RAY
Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano) / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins / Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Stephen Barlow
[ Arthaus Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc - released 1/Oct/2015 ]
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's story has all the best elements of an operatic fairytale. Coming from a part-Maori background she went on to become one of the world's most famous opera stars.
Telemann - 12 Fantasias for solo violin
Lara Hall (violin)
[ Atoll Records / CD - released 10/Jul/2012 ]
"As a performer on both the baroque and modern violin, I have two very different musical personas. With this CD I have tried to create, on a modern violin, as much of the sound world of a baroque violinist as possible with minimal concession to the...
Harris: Symphony No. 4, "To the memory of Mahinārangi Tocker" / Cello Concerto
Li-wei Qin (cello) / Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Brett Dean, Garry Walker
[ Naxos / CD - released 10/May/2014 ]
"There is no question that the Auckland Philharmonic are superbly in control as is Brett Dean, himself a violist and composer and just forging an extra career as a conductor. The recording is vivid and allows the music space although the quiet passag
Egmont (complete incidental music) / Ah! perfido, / Marches
Madeleine Pierard (soprano) / New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / James Judd
[ Naxos / CD - released 1/Feb/2010 ]
"Those curious for some not too often heard music by Beethoven can safely invest in this well played disc" MusicWeb May 2010
The Queen Of Spades & Voyevoda: Orchestral Suites arranged by Peter Breiner
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Peter Breiner
[ Naxos / CD - released 29/Apr/2013 ]
Slovak-born composer and conductor Peter Breiner has received considerable international acclaim for his adaptations, and his Tchaikovsky arrangements are particularly impressive examples of his art. He has already arranged The Seasons (8553510) and...
Bartok - Complete String Quartets
New Zealand String Quartet
[ Atoll Records New Zealand / 3 CD Box Set - released 21/Sep/2009 ]
Dramatic and heartfelt performances from the 1990s.
String Quartet / Magpies and other birds / Suite for Guitar
New Zealand String Quartet, David Griffiths, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
[ Kiwi / CD - released 17/Jun/2000 ]
A diverse collection of one of New Zealand's greatest composers music!
Reger: Mozart and Hiller Variations
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Franz-Paul Decker (conductor)
[ Naxos / CD - released 15/Aug/2002 ]
A programme of Reger variations with our beloved NZSO
Youth of Auckland
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / Gary Daverne
[ Viscount / CD - released 15/Jun/2009 ]
Corroboree / Outback Overture
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / James Judd
[ Naxos / CD - released 30/Jun/2008 ]
"This excellent recording of the complete ballet by James Judd and the New Zealand Symphony orchestra fills a big gap. With precision and charm, this disc brings out its originality and its primitivist colouristics." (Sydney Morning Herald)
Elgar: Dream Children / Wand of Youth / Nursery Suite
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, James Judd, conductor
[ Naxos / CD - released 2/Apr/2004 ]
"The freshness of inspiration is a delight, superbly brought out in these fine performances from New Zealand, with James Judd always an idiomatic Elgarian. The Wand of Youth Suites in particular range wonderfully wide in mood and invention; they...