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Catalogue: New Zealand Music
(20 recordings shown)

Farquhar: Three Symphonies
2nd Generation New Zealand Symphonies
MMT2060
Released 2004
Three substantive symphonic works spanning the career of New Zealander David Farquhar. These highly original works reveal an assured expressive quality in Farquhar's writing, ranging from serious and dense clustering dissonances to more whimsical and open passages of lyrical expression. Personal and distinctive music.
Farr: Chamber Music
New instrumental works
MMT2020
Released 2000
This album features a number of debut recordings of chamber music works by celebrated New Zealander, Gareth Farr. This recording showcases Farr's characteristically energetic writing with works Shadow of the Hawk, Cadenza, and the Balinese gamelan-influenced Sepuluh Jari. While in contrast, the evocative and haunting work for solo harp From Forgotten Forests reveals Farr's more lyrical and intimate writing. Perhaps Farr's most widely performed work Kembang Suling also features on this recording and is now considered to be standard repertoire among flute and marimba players worldwide.
Farr: Horizon
New piano music by Farr, solo and with cello & flute
MMT2070
Released 2012
Horizon showcases the vibrant and beautiful piano music of Gareth Farr. From the exotic sonorities of Indonesian gamelan to the more impressionistic influence of Olivier Messiaen, with echoes of Prokofiev and Shostakovich, this recording reveals Farr's engaging style. New Zealand-born pianist and prize-winning Juilliard graduate Henry Wong Doe is joined by New York City colleagues in performing the ten works on this album, including seven first recordings.
Farr: Owhiro
New music for string quartet
MMT2019
Released 2000
This album features exclusive recordings of three sparkling and energetic works for string quartet by Gareth Farr, performed by the New Zealand String Quartet. Owhiro (1993), Farr's first string quartet, was written while he was resident in Owhiro Bay in Wellington and composer-in-residence with Chamber Music New Zealand. Mondo Rondo is a highly animated work with clear references to his influence of percussion with hocketting effects and exotic tunes. Frenzy is a high-energy piece with a strong emphasis on rhythm, jaunty phrasing and gritty harmonies.
Farr: Ruaumoko
New symphonic music by Farr
MMT2042
Released 2006
A collection of works for symphony orchestra by celebrated New Zealander, Gareth Farr. Farr's music is by turns dynamic, lyrical, percussive and rhythmic, but above all, it is some of the most exciting and approachable contemporary music you're likely to hear. This recording features the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young and soloist Conal Coad (bass) performing exclusive releases of Farr's Ruaumoko, Orakau, Rangitoto and thoroughly exciting Beowulf.
Farr: Sea Gongs
Classic symphonic works by Farr
MMT2021
Released 1997
Fully re-packaged, Gareth Farr: Sea Gongs combines two classic Farr titles into this two-disc deluxe edition. CD 1, Farr: Orchestral Music (MMT2021) contains all-exclusive Farr recordings, including title work From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs, commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for its 50th Anniversary. CD 2, Farr's orchestral single Te Papa (MMT2026) contains title work Te Papa, composed to celebrate the opening of the Museum of New Zealand. Te Papa combines symphony orchestra, operatic soprano and tenor and Maori karanga into a powerful and moving work which 'transcends idiom and individual taste.'
Farr: Tangaroa
New Marimba Music, Solo and with Flute & Piano
MMT2058
Released 2008
Throughout Polynesia, Tangaroa is the god of the sea. While Gareth Farr is probably best-known to audiences as the composer of mighty orchestral scores, one of his greatest strengths as a composer lies in the field of chamber music, particularly works for percussion. Following on from Farr's previous five successful releases, Tangaroa features eight of his works for marimba performed by Jeremy Fitzsimons, founding member and director of Strike from 1993-2003 and performer on the RIANZ 'Best Classical Album' of 2004.
Farr: Warriors From Pluto
Works for chamber orchestra by Farr
MMT2036
Released 2001
By turns dynamic and lyrical, percussive and rhythmic, this recording features five works for chamber orchestra performed by the NZSO Chamber Orchestra with percussion ensemble STRIKE. The powerful and beautiful voice of soprano Deborah Wai Kapohe also features on this album. Exclusive recordings of Farr's Naga Baba, Te Parenga, Warriors from Pluto, Nga Tai Hurihuri, and Time and Tide.
Landscapes: New Zealand Orchestral Music
Favourite symphonic works from New Zealand
MMT2037
Released 2001
This recording brings together a collection of works marked by a diversity of expression and mood, but united in that they all reflect to a greater or lesser degree the artists' consciousness of the New Zealand landscape. Together, the works make up a 'snapshot' of New Zealand composition at the end of the twentieth century.
Lilburn: Piano Music Vol 1
The complete piano music of Douglas Lilburn
MMT2053
Released 2004
The first of a projected four-CD collection, this album brings to light in premiere recordings a number of works which were never publicly performed in the composer's lifetime. The performances by Dan Poynton are assured and idiomatic, presenting a unseen side of this pre-eminent New Zealand composer.
Lilburn: Piano Music Vol 2
The complete piano music of Douglas Lilburn
MMT2054
Released 2004
The second in the four-volume series of Lilburn's entire output for the piano performed by Dan Poynton, this recital once again includes music from throughout the composer's career.
Lilburn: Piano Music Vol 3
The complete piano music of Douglas Lilburn
MMT2067
Released 2011
The third of a projected four-CD collection, this album brings to light in premiere recordings a number of works which were never publicly performed in the composer's lifetime. The performances by Dan Poynton are assured and idiomatic, presenting a unseen side of this pre-eminent New Zealand composer.
Lilburn: Piano Music Vol 4
The complete piano music of Douglas Lilburn
MMT2068-69
Released 2012
This landmark series in four volumes culminates with this 2-CD album. This fourth volume brings to light several first recordings. The performances by Dan Poynton are assured and idiomatic, presenting an unseen side of this pre-eminent New Zealand composer.
Psathas: Fragments
New music for Percussion, Piano and String Quartet
MMT2047
Released 2003
Like an injection of adrenalin direct to the heart of New Zealand classical music comes this new album of chamber music by John Psathas, featuring Jeremy Fitzsimons (percussion), Stephen Gosling (piano) and the New Zealand String Quartet. A work by John Psathas is an individual unique entity. His 'sound' is difficult to define – the harmony and improvisational feeling of jazz, the compelling rhythmic drive and excitement of rock music and the sustained repetitive textures of minimalism are apparent as influences, yet they combine and intermingle with something else less tangible. His is one of the most original voices in the arena of New Zealand contemporary music.
Ritchie: Aquarius
Symphonic music by Ritchie
MMT2040
Released 2002
In commemoration of the composer's 80th birthday, this recording includes a programme of John Rithie's delightfully attractive works for string orchestra and full orchestra. John Ritchie is one of New Zealand’s senior composers. He has created a body of work which, while less well-known, is loved and enjoyed by performers and audiences alike for its deft craftsmanship and pleasing melodic grace.
Spark: New Zealand Piano Trios
New Music for Piano Trio
MMT2066
Released 2005
Cutting-edge new music for piano trio 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.
Spirit of the Land: New Zealand Choral Music
Music and words inspired by the New Zealand landscape
MMT2065
Released 2006
This recording comprises New Zealand choral music that spans over three decades and draws upon the words of New Zealand poets and inspiration from the landscape of Aotearoa (New Zealand). The choir engages with a diversity of styles and unique colours and textures through the performance of these works. Best Classical Music Album (New Zealand Music Awards, 2006)
Strike: New Zealand Percussion Music
New music for percussion ensemble
MMT2030
Released 2000
Debut recording of New Zealand's most dynamic percussion ensemble: STRIKE. This album features a varied programme showcasing the breadth of the group's talents with works ranging from the excitement and energy of Gareth Farr's Volume Pig and the Cook Islands log drum piece Taku Manu E, to the intricacy and subtle textures of Ricochet and Iron Tongues. Best Classical Music Album, New Zealand Music Awards (RIANZ, 2001).
Taurangi: New Zealand Music for Flute and Piano
New Music for Flute and Piano
MMT2063-64
Released 2006
Taurangi is a 2 CD collection of works by New Zealand composers. Disc 1 features works for flute and piano, and Disc 2 is comprised of works for solo flute. Both feature stunning playing from two of New Zealand’s best musicians. This album showcases a unique soundscape from 13 composers, ranging from substantial 10-minute works to shorter whimsies and miniatures.
Young: Orchestral Works
New symphonic music by Young
MMT2027
Released 1998
This recording features three symphonic works from a unique New Zealand voice, Kenneth Young, featuring performances by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra under direction of the composer. 'Wheather he's conducting, composing, teaching or performing, Young is unafraid to engage and challenge the emotions of people.'


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