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Catalogue: Artist Series
(23 recordings shown)

A Voices Christmas
Festive Christmas Choral Music
MMT2052
Released 2004
A programme of unusual and attractive Christmas repertoire performed by the international award-winning chamber choir. The music on this recording ranges from arrangements of Traditional carols through to early twentieth century works, such as selections from Britten's A Ceremony of Carols and Pulenc's Quatre motets pour le temps de Noël. Also featured are a host of more recent carols from various parts of the world, including Sandström from Sweden, Griffiths and Chilcott from New Zealand, and Bennett and Joubert from the UK/South Africa.
Bach: Works for Harpsichord
Original works and transcriptions of Italian, German and French music.
MMT2024
Released 1998
Transcription played an important part in Bach's musical apprenticeship. This album documents a recital of harpsichord music by Bach performed by the late and gifted harpsichordist Anthony Jennings. This album is the first of two recordings released after Jennings death. As this recording reveals, his performances are masterly and played with authority and superb musicianship.
Brahms and Beethoven: Piano Trios
Favourite chamber music
MMT2007
Released 1996
The debut recording of the Turnovsky Trio, documented in this album with the first line-up of members: Sam Konise (violin), Christopher Kane (cello) and Eugene Albulescu (piano). First formed in 1991 and throughout their tenure, the Trio competed as finalists in the International Chamber Music Competition (Melbourne, Australia, 1995) and were featured in the International Festival of the Arts (Wellington, New Zealand) in 1992 and 1996.
Brass Aotearoa: New Zealand Brass Band Music
New music for brass band
MMT2049
Released 2003
A compilation of new works from New Zealand performed by the 2003 National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand, especially commissioned for their 'ANZAC' Tour to the UK. The distinctive sound of the brass band, and the enthusiasm of its members, has allowed composers to develop a unique voice, inseparable from the musical community to which it belongs.
Canciones Españolas
Spanish classical songs for soprano & piano
MMT2038
Released 2002
Soprano Deborah Wai Kapohe, with pianist David Harper, brings her exceptional vocal talents to a programme of classical Spanish songs by Montsalvatge, Obradors, Guridi, Rodrigo and Granados. Showing a distinct flair for the Spanish classical song repertoire, Wai Kapohe shares here her passion for this rich and colourful language.
Choir of the World: Choral Music
Live choral music concert
MMT2029
Released 1999
The New Zealand National Youth Choir and baritone soloist Paul Whelan, under their musical director Karen Grylls are featured here with live recordings from their triumphant 1999 European Tour, the tour in which they celebrated their 20th anniversary and also received the prestigious 'Choir of the World' award at Llangollen in Wales.
Christmas Baroque
Pastoral Christmas music from the Baroque era
MMT2043
Released 2002
This recording brings together a selection of familiar and not-so-familiar works by Bach/Kuhnau, Handel, Michael Haydn, Torelli, Manfredini, Lalande, Ferrandini, Gossec and Valentini, performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. The pastoral tradition in music has had a long and distinguished history dating back to ancient times. 'During the late 12th century, greater liturgical freedom permitted the singing of popular noëls during midnight mass. In the 17th and 18th century, this freedom also allowed composers to use popular tunes, and to compose new music with pastoral elements for these occasions. Italian composers began to create specific musical styles for use during Christmas celebrations, notably Christmas Eve, which were eventually taken up by composers throughout Europe.' - Marc Taddei
Elegy: Songs for Baritone and Piano
English art songs
MMT2023
Released 2000
This recording features a recital of English art song performed by bass-baritone Paul Whelan with pianist David Harper. The programme also includes the deeply felt Elegy by New Zealand composer Douglas Lilburn, set to words by Alistair Campbell. Having performed with many leading UK orchestras, this recording showcases Whelan's more intimate repertory.
Fantastic Musick for the Italian Harpsichord
Harpsichord music from the Baroque era
MMT2025
Released 1998
This recital demonstrates the superb gifts of harpsichoridist Anthony Jennings in realisations of music from the Baroque repertoire. One of two albums released after his death, Jennings performance of a selection of Italian works is documented here. As this recording reveals, his performances are masterly and played with authority and superb musicianship.
Fête: French Organ Music
Collection of organ music recorded in Wellington Cathedral
MMT2032
Released 2002
This recording features a collection of music from a fascinating and intense period of creativity in French organ music, spanning nearly 150 years, performed by celebrated concert organist, Andrew Cantrill. This collection of works traces the history and evolution of French organ music throughout this period, bringing to light the breadth of timbre, intensity and range of this magnificent instrument.
French Violin Sonatas
Natalia Lomeiko and Olga Sitkovetsky perform French music
TRI3003
Released 2004
This recording includes an attractive programme of French works from the late 19th and early 20th century, including works by: Debussy, Ravel and Ysaÿe. The Sonata in G minor was Debussy's last completed work. It progresses in a succession of flurries and agitations, like leaves in an autumn wind. Complementing Debussy is Ravel's Sonata in G major, which is noted as innovative for embarking on fusing jazz styles within a 'classical' setting. All performed by rising violin star Natalia Lomeiko and International award-winning pianist Olga Sitkovetsky.
Gaude/Rejoice: Joyful Choral Music
Choral music compilation
MMT2048
Released 2004
This recording was released to coincide with the New Zealand Youth Choir's 25th Anniversary celebrations. The works by Elgar and Rautavaara are complemented by pieces in a programme linked loosely by the theme of 'rejoicing'. The choir has achieved considerable success since its formation in 1979 with performances around New Zealand and a number of international tours, including placing at worldwide competitions and choral symposiums.
In Recital: Songs for Tenor and Piano
Classical and Romantic songs
MMT2006
Released 1996
This recording features two of New Zealand's foremost performers, Keith Lewis and Michael Houstoun performing a recital of songs and lieder by Mozart, Schubert, Fauré, Falla and Prokofiev. The album features a varied and satisfying programme, with favourites of the repertoire (such as Schubert’s ‘Die Forelle’ and Faure’s ‘Après un rêve’) alongside more unfamiliar material by Falla and Prokofiev, with a couple of Irish folk songs to round off with.
Liszt: Piano Works
Favourite works for solo piano
MMT2008
Released 1996
Renowned New Zealand pianist Michael Houstoun performs a solo piano recital of works by Franz Liszt. These recordings were featured in the New Zealand Television documentary Icon in b minor, which first aired in 1996. The romantic performer-composer Liszt is often considered to be the greatest pianist of his era. Liszt invented the public recital and career of travelling virtuoso. This album showcases a selection of his music that is poetic, virtuosic and at times ebbs to artistic repose.
Liszt: Songs
Keith Lewis and David Harper perform Liszt
TRI3002
Released 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 prominent place in the vocal repertoire. 'We must understand Liszt as the arch-Romantic who, like Byron, was an amalgam of all the passions, excesses and human frailties that are intrinsic elements of the Romantic artist. It is both the greatness and the critical failure of his music that its inspiration came from the heart before the mind, often as an almost involuntary outpouring of emotion that retains the indiscipline implicit in such acts of spontaneity.' - Virgil Pomfret
New Zealand String Quartet: Schubert
Schubert's final and most epic string quartet
MMT2062
Released 2013
New Zealand String Quartet: Schubert represents a milestone in the Quartet’s career of over 25 years with a recording of Franz Schubert’s masterpiece, String Quartet in G Major, D.887. As Schubert’s final and most epic string quartet, it is essential listening for classical music and string quartet enthusiasts. Schubert pushed the boundaries of string quartet writing of his time by including a huge range of dramatic contrast and requiring a high level of technical prowess from performers. This work is inventive and conveys a sense of urgency with its major/minor harmonic conflict, sudden accents and change of dynamics. It remains as a pinnacle of string quartet repertoire.
Opera Kings, Gods and Mortals
Arias for tenor and chamber orchestra
MMT2022
Released 1997
This album features a programme of operatic arias by Handel, Gluck and Mozart, performed by one of New Zealand's busiest tenors, Keith Lewis, along with the New Zealand Chamber Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young. Lewis has built up an international reputation as an interpreter of Mozart, his contemporaries and immediate predecessors, for which this album illustrates his art.
Piano Recital 99: Russian Piano Music
Romantic piano music programme
MMT2028
Released 2000
A Russian-themed recital, with music by Robert Schumann, Prokofiev, Scriabin and Rachmaninov features in this studio recording performed by celebrated New Zealand pianist, Michael Houstoun. The Fantasie in C showcases Schumann's penchant for extra-musical allusions; Prokofiev's third sonata features the element of toccata and full of expression in using the full range of the keyboard. Also featuring on this recording is Scriabin's Sonata No.9, 'Black Mass' and Rachmaninov's Three Etudes-tableaux from Op.39.
Piano Recital: Diedre Irons
Classical and Romantic works for solo piano
MMT2041
Released 2002
A studio recording of music by Mozart, Schumann, Ravel, Chopan and Gershwin, made prior to Diedre Irons' warmly received New Zealand-wide concert tour in 2002. From a review of this recital at Great Hall Arts Centre: 'This recital… was unequivocally of international standing. What makes her playing such a joy is her natural ebullience, be it Mozart's Sonata or Ravel's iridescent Sonatina… This recital goes straight into my 2002 Top Ten short list.'
Russian Romantic Piano Trios
Favourite chamber music
MMT2031
Released 2003
The first all New Zealand-born and educated professional chamber music ensemble, the Turnovsky Trio documented and recorded here performing favourite Russian piano trios from the Romantic period, including Arensky's Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Rahmaninov's Trio Élégaique No.1 in G minor, and Glinka's Piano Trio in D minor Pathétique.
Syrinx: Music for Flute and Piano
Early 20th century French music
MMT2039
Released 2003
The flute in its various forms is one of the oldest known instruments, and this recital of early 20th century French music features works inspired by subjects from Greek, Roman and Indian mythology. Featured artist Bridget Douglas is Principal Flute of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Artist Teacher of Flute at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Douglas is actively involved in the performance of new music and is a co-founder of the contemporary music ensemble STROMA.
Transports de Joie: French Organ Music
Works from the modern French school
MMT2014
Released 1999
A thrilling collection of organ music from the modern French school, performed by Philip Walsh on the organ of St. Paul's Cathedral in Wellington, Cathedral. There can be few places in the world where so much organ music was written within such a small geographical area. All of the composers on this recording (except one), worked in Parisian churches and were influenced by the great organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, and they created a remarkably distinctive flavour of music and a whole new sound world.
Winds That Whisper
New Zealand choral music from the 20th century
MMT2016
Released 1999
The National Youth Choir of New Zealand, directed by Karen Grylls, features in this recording of New Zeaeland Choral music from the 20th century. This recording showcases the rich choral music heritage of New Zealand with a wide-ranging programme, including traditional Maori wiata by Ngapo Wehi and Richard Puanaki and major works by Jenny McLeod, John Ritchie, David Hamilton and David Griffiths.


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