John Ritchie shows his consummate craft in this charming work for string orchestra.
Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Blendulf.
John Ritchie died in 2014 on his 93rd birthday.
He was a very versatile musician: a clarinettist, conductor, professor of music at the University of Canterbury for many years, and of course a fine composer.
This Suite dates from 1956. There are three short movements: an opening Allegro, then an Air, and the third movement is in two parts: an Intrada and a sprightly Fugue.
His son is Anthony Ritchie, New Zealand’s most-played living composer.
Recorded by RNZ in Auckland Town Hall, 4 April 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay