This quintet for piano and string quartet takes its title from a line in poet Gregory O'Brien's Te Whanga Lagoon.
Gillian Whitehead's still, echoing is unified by a set of six notes that form the basic cell or idea of the piece. It also explores the sound possibilities of different combinations of the instruments: at times the piano falls silent, leaving just the violins and viola in dialogue; elsewhere the viola and cello sing together with the piano. The moments at which all the strings play in rhythmic unison provide cohesion and drive, evoking the irrevocable ebb and flow of wave and tide, and contrasting the tumult of the Pacific with the stillness of Te Whanga Lagoon on Chatham Island.
Recorded 8 May 2017, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert
Producer: David McCaw
Engineer: Darryl Stack