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Available Now: Gareth Farr: Horizon

Monday, August 06, 2012 

We are pleased to announce the release of Gareth Farr: Horizon (MMT2070). This new album 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.

After Wong Doe presented the US premiere of Farr's Horizon from Owhiro Bayat Carnegie Hall, New York, he was enticed to explore more of Farr's piano music. "Gareth's music has always captivated me, and the incredible reception of this piece in New York provided the impetus to learn and record his complete piano works. As a kiwi musician I am delighted to present these brilliant works on my debut album."

Opening Horizon is Farr’s highly virtuosic and gamelan-influenced work for solo piano Sepuluh Jari. Wong Doe is joined by fellow Juilliard graduates, cellist Jisoo Ok in performing Farr’s fiery Shadow of the Hawk and flutist Jesse Schiffman in performing the first recording of Nga Whetu e Whitu, an unashamedly Messiaen-influenced work for piano and flute that contains both beautiful lyrical passages and energetic moto perpetuo writing. Other first recordings on this release include: Tentang Cara Gamelan (pron. 'Chara', 'On the Technique of Gamelan'), Jangan Lupa ('Don't Forget'), Mouse Hole, The Horizon from Owhiro Bay, Etude, Ramayana and Love Songs: For Helen and Claudia’s Victory. Three other emotive Love Songs for solo piano round off Horizon, all of which captures the rich range of piano music by one of New Zealand’s most important composers.

Wong Doe’s performance of Farr’s piano music at Carnegie Weill Recital Hall, New York City, March, 2012, was described as ‘a brilliant performance… with great vitality, thrust and characterization… especially the way he realized the music’s peppery virtuosity via his gestural way of playing the piano’, Harris Goldsmith for New York Concert Review.

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