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NZSOs 70th birthday!

This week we begin celebrating the 70th birthday year of the NZSO with their historic series of concerto commissions for principal players: and focusing on one of the many contemporary composers in the NZSO’s programme this year, Thomas Adès, whose music Edo de Waart calls the core repertoire of the future.

NZSO with Edo de Waart

NZSO with Edo de Waart Photo: Stephen A'Court

LILBURN: A Birthday Offering
New Zealand SO/John Hopkins
Kiwi CD SLD 100

NORRIS: Heavy Traffic
Hamish McKeich (contrabsn), New Zealand SO/ James Judd

Motte - Strange Dreams


Motte Photo: Justyn Rebecca Denney Strother

Motte - Strange Dreams

We take a listen to some tracks from the new album by Christchurch experimental violinist and singer Anita Clark who describes her music like this: "sounds like what you would imagine it would feel like to be stuck inside a hothouse in the dead of night... full of tropical plants, flying insects, and a suffocatingly humid atmosphere."

MOTTE: Strange Dreams; Opal Eye
Anita Clark (voice, vln), Indira Force (synth)
Private Recording

Wasabi tapes - Utsukushii

This new massive double compilation album from Japanese label Wasabi Tapes contains music by experimental electronic musicians from all over the world, including Melbourne-based New Zealand musician Tlaotlon.

Various artists
Wasabi Tapes

10:00 Thomas Adès

THOMAS ADÈS: Darknesse Visible
Andreas Haefliger (pno)
Avie AV 0041

THOMAS ADÈS: Polaris - Voyage for Orchestra
Melbourne SO/Markus Stenz
ABC Classics 481 0862

THOMAS ADÈS: The Four Quarters: I. Nightfalls
Calder Quartet
Signum SIGCD 413

CBSO/Simon Rattle
EMI 5 56818

11:00 New Music Dreams

William Basinski - A Shadow in Time

William Basinski - A Shadow in Time Photo: album cover art

The California-based minimalist composer's latest album contains two extended works: a richly layered composition for the archaic Voyetra 8 synthesizer that was a year in the making; and a eulogy for David Bowie, an off-the-cuff tape loop piece commissioned by LA’s Volume gallery in the weeks after Bowie's death and created with re-purposed tape fragments that had been chewed up by a cat.

WILLIAM BASINSKI: For David Robert Jones; A Shadow In Time
William Basinski (tape loops. electronics, synthesizers)
2062 1701

WILLIAM BASINSKI: Melancholia (excerpts)
William Basinski (tape loops. electronics)
Temporary Residence Limited TRR 236