9 Feb 2019

Ross HARRIS: Retenishn (Mysteries)

From Music Alive, 2:00 pm on 9 February 2019
Helene Pohl

Helene Pohl Photo: Supplied

  • Fain (Falling)
  • Melancolia
  • Retenishn (Mystery)
  • Greber (Minor)
  • Volglenish (Wandering)

"Retenishn (Mysteries) is an arrangement of five Klezmer melodies originally written for the Klezmer band, The Kugels.

Wellington klezmer band the Kugels

Wellington klezmer band the Kugels Photo: Supplied

The arrangements were made at the request of Helene Pohl and Jian Liu whose consummate performances were an inspiration for this work.

Writing Klezmer tunes is not something I ever expected to do as part of my composing life but they have become a lovely and intriguing challenge, and fun to play intermingled with traditional Klezmer tunes.

In these arrangements the violin has the original melody and the piano part is newly composed." ~ Ross Harris

Recorded in Nelson Centre of Musical Arts by RNZ

Sound engineer: Darryl Stack