Walton conducts Walton – The 1964 New Zealand Tour – free online New Zealand music

Walton conducts Walton - The 1964 New Zealand Tour features historic performances, recorded by The New Zealand Broadcasting Corporation during Sir William Walton's seven concert New Zealand tour in 1964. The Recording opens with Walton leading God Save the Queen and segues into an impassioned reading of his Violin Concerto. Walton was reportedly 'overjoyed' to be…
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Spark New Zealand Piano Trios – Featuring NZTrio – free online New Zealand music

Spark New Zealand Piano Trios present cutting-edge music for piano trios performed by the brightest new stars in the firmament of New Zealand chamber music: NZTrio. This debut recording of the ensemble features a programme of works they have made their own in concerts throughout New Zealand and overseas. Over the last decade or so, a…
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Prospero Dreaming – New Zealand Guitar Music by Lilburn and Farquhar – free online New Zealand music

Today we present New Zealand Guitar Music by Lilburn and Farquhar - the first comprehensive recorded survey of the guitar music of  these two pre-eminent Kiwi composers. Lilburn’s Seventeen Pieces explore the instrument’s wide-ranging potential, alluding to Spanish idioms, the music of Bach and other influences. The other pieces by Lilburn are taken from his…
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Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music – free online New Zealand music

Today we bring you Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music which won the 2001 Tui for best classical CD at the New Zealand Music Awards. Strike are a high-energy drumming group whose flexible line-up is drawn from among New Zealand's most outstanding percussionists. Founded in 1993, Strike began as a classically-trained percussion ensemble and has evolved…
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Gareth Farr – Warriors From Pluto – free online New Zealand music

Next on the New Zealand Music month playlist is Warriors From Pluto, featuring the NZSO Chamber Orchestra with Marc Taddei, Strike Percussion and Deborah Wai Kapohe performing the music of Gareth Farr. Dynamic, lyrical, percussive and rhythmic, this recording features five works performed by the NZSO Chamber Orchestra with percussion ensemble Strike. The powerful and…
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Te Ku Te Whe – Hirini Melbourne & Richard Nunns – free online New Zealand music

Today's musical offering for library members is Te Ku Te Whe by Hirini Melbourne and Richard Nunns. An extraordinary recording, it reached gold status in 2002 and is still popular today. In keeping with Māori spirituality, the music on Te Ku Te Whe takes the listener into an ancient world, structured by mythology, history, and…
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John Psathas – Rhythm Spike – free online New Zealand music

Our next offering for New Zealand Music Month is John Psathas - Rhythm Spike, the winner of Best Classical Album in the 2000 NZ Music Awards. Psathas is New Zealand's most internationally performed composer. His music draws on classical, jazz and rock traditions and is performed by artists from a variety of disciplines. Psathas composed the…
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From Scratch – Songs for Heroes – free online New Zealand music

On Songs for Heroes, the From Scratch ensemble play instruments including zitherum, PVC pipes & drum station, soprano saxophone, vocals,  piano-horn, piano horn, tone trees and bass drum. And some handclapping. From Scratch have developed an original performance style which combines ritual, theatre, sculpture, and the handmade melodic percussion instruments of founder Philip Dadson.  All this…
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Ipu by Gillian Whitehead – free online New Zealand music

Ipu by Gillian Whitehead brings together a unique ensemble of piano, cello, and pre-European Māori instruments and voice. Ipu is a poetic tale of love based on a story by Tungia Baker (translated into Māori by Wena Tait). An ipu is a gourd used to carry food and goods and ipu korero denotes a story-teller, someone who 'carries' stories. The ipu is employed on…
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