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Edo De Waart - New Music

Edo de Waart

Edo de Waart Photo: Jesse Willems

Our Music Director is one of new music's greatest champions. He also happens to be the conductor that made John Adams. From his beginnings with the Netherlands Blazers Ensemble and assistant to Bernstein at the New York Phil, then Haitink at the Concertgebouw, he gained his first Music Directorship with the San Francisco Symphony and created for the young John Adams the first composer-in-residence in the world. Edo De Waart in terms of new music, is more than anyone else - commissions, premieres, dedications - the John Adams conductor. Since then he’s been chief for long periods of many of the world’s top orchestras - including the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Royal Flemish Philharmonic and now the NZSO - and this year contains lots of new music and NZ music including a new cello concerto from Gareth Farr, Thomas Adès, and James McMillan conducting two new NZ premieres.

And, of course, lots of John Adams in his 70th birthday year. Charlotte Wilson talks to Edo De Waart about his lifetime with new music, his programming for the NZSO, and Shaker Loops touring around the country this weekend.

Music Details (Feature extracts)

ADAMS: Short Ride on a Fast Machine
San Francisco Symphony/Edo De Waart
Nonesuch 979 144

ADAMS: Harmonielehre
San Francisco Symphony/Edo De Waart
Nonesuch 524 842

ADAMS: Shaker Loops
Ensemble Modern/Sian Edwards
RCA 09026-68674

ADAMS: Nixon in China (extract: Red Army Girls’ Dances)
Premiere recording
Orchestra of St Luke’s/Edo De Waart
Nonesuch 79177


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


Katie Gately

Katie Gately Photo: Supplied

KATIE GATELY: Lift, Color,  from the album Color
Katie Gately (voice, electronics)
Tri Angle TRANGL 38

MISSY MAZZOLI: Tooth and Nail; JUDD GREENSTEIN: In Teaching Others We Teach Ourselves
Nadia Sirota (vla), with various musicians
Bedroom Community HVALUR 17

ASH KOOSHA: A selection  from the album Guud
Ashkan Kooshanejad (electronics)
Olde English Spelling Bee OESB 85


11:00 New Music Dreams

Nils Frahm - Solo

Nils Frahm - Solo Photo: album cover art

Nils Frahm (pno)
Erased Tapes ERATP 065

NILS FRAHM: Solo Remains
Nils Frahm (pno)
Erased Tapes