25 Mar 2021

Maria GRENFELL: Stealing Tutunui

From Music Alive, 8:00 pm on 25 March 2021

Performed by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Vincent Hardaker

Maria Grenfell

Maria Grenfell Photo: Anthony McKee

Stealing Tutunui was commissioned by Symphony Australia in 2000 for the New Voices composer development program in Perth, and premiered by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.

It’s a programmatic depiction of the Maori legend about a chief, Tinirau and his pet whale, the eponymous Tutunui, who is stolen and killed by a duplicitous priest.

The upshot is that Tinirau and his wife track the priest down and exact their revenge.

Recorded by RNZ Concert in Auckland Town Hall, 25 March 2021
Producer: Tim Dodd
Engineer: Adrian Hollay

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