new zealand composers
ACD 412 | more info
Smaller-scale Whitehead, all pieces based on a single artistic theme – and featuring solo bassoonist Ben Hoadley.
NZTrio & Tray So
ACD 541 | more info
3 Western classical musicians meet three traditional Cambodian musicians.
New Zealand String Quartet (NZSQ)
Five brilliant modern pieces for quartet, made for the performers.
Winner Best Classical Album at Vodafone NZ Music Awards 2011
Michael F. Williams & John G. Davies
ACD 243 | more info
Three worlds collide in this moving tale of conflict, passion and betrayal.
NZSO Strings cond. Kenneth Young
ACD 441 | more info
Dramatic string works, inspired by Robin Morrison images of Northland, performed by NZSO and Kenneth Young.
ACD 143 | more info
Brilliantly performed chamber works by Martin Lodge
“…outstanding bass clarinet music from New Zealand and elsewhere, in the solo, ensemble, and chamber concerto genres…”
Martin Risely violin with The Chamber Players of The New Zealand School of Music
Definitive performances of mainly unrecorded string masterpieces by Lilburn
ACD 842 | more info
This CD typifies the Karlheinz ensemble’s constant search for personality and character in over 30 years of contemporary music presentations.
Anthony Ritchie, NZSO cond. Tecwyn Evans
Symphony No 3 is “…compelling, rhythmically dynamic and unashamedly honest” – Marion Poole.
Eve de Castro-Robinson
NZSO cond. Kenneth Young
William Dart, NZ Herald:
5 Stars – “palette of many colours… primal percussion… a never-ending source of adventure.”
Robert Johnson, RadioNZ ‘Critics’ Chair’
“If I'm particularly taken with the string quartet, it has to be said that the other three works on the disc are also very impressive.”
"The music of Douglas Lilburn with its clear connection to both his teacher, Ralph Vaughan Williams, and to the landscape of his beloved New Zealand, is a delight and an inspiration."
Unusually beautiful instrumental combination of trombone and harp, plus the luminescent voice of Lisette Wesseling.
"a cry from the heart" – Art song settings of poems by Charles Brasch, A.R.D. Fairburn and George Herbert.
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) conducted by Kenneth Young
Fresh orchestral sounds from 9 Australasian composers. Studio recording made during the 2007 Asia Pacific Festival. A perfect celebration of diversity, innovation and cross-fertilisation of cultures...
Besser and Bravura
Celebrating 10 years of Besser & Bravura recorded live at the Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Auckland, November 2009.
Auckland Chamber Orchestra cond. Peter Scholes
For their debut disc ACO and Music Director Scholes have recorded four of Anthony Ritchie’s smaller-scale orchestral works.
The Ogen Trio
with Peter Scholes and David Griffiths
Dynamic performances of recent NZ works for piano trio.
"Sublime and haunting" William Dart, NZ Herald.
The Prodigal Child
Michael Williams, Alan Riach
Michael Williams' chamber opera, with libretto by Alan Riach, explores three souls in crisis - the setting is New Zealand but the story is universal.
Complete Electro Acoustic Works
Lilburn turned wholly to the creation of electronic works because he felt they would more accurately portray New Zealand in its own right. 4 disc set includes includes DVD...
First available recording of Blake's epic symphony "The Islands ", plus three dramatic tone poems...
Virtuoso presentations of modern NZ repertoire for viola, including three previously unrecorded works...
Parts 1 & 2 Live. An anti-nuclear performance recorded live June 1986...
A Chaos of Delight
Eve de Castro Robinson
Fanfares for a New Millenium
11 fanfares for the 21st Century: Blake, de Castro-Robinson, Rimmer, Palmer, Psathas, Meridan-Skipp, Elmsly, Buchanan, Cree Brown, Dadson, Hamilton...
Puhake ki te rangi
with Richard Nunns taonga puoro
Music for European and Maori traditional instruments.
Premier recording of Ritchie’s 24 Piano Preludes, brilliantly performed by Sharon Vogan.
TAKU WANA / THE WHEEL TURNS
Two song cycles, with words by Lauris Edmond and Wi Kuki Kaa...
YOU GOT YOUR WISH
Jonathan Besser & Bravura
New York-born, composer/pianist Jonathan Besser, offers here his take on Tango...
Mr Darwin's Dances
"You can smell the brine on the swaggering shanties, fiddle tunes and hornpipes"...
Eve de Castro Robinson
Auckland Philharmonia & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra...
Points in a Changing Circle
Grant Cooper / Concord Brass
Electro/Acoustic music for brass: Lilburn, Elmsly, Harris, Rimmer. With support from The Lilburn Trust...
Kenneth Young Symphony
" ...arguably the most exciting New Zealand symphony I've heard."...