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“I found myself within a forest dark,

for the straightforward pathway had been lost.”

– Dante, Inferno


That’s the inspiration for David Grahame Taylor’s latest orchestral work, winner of the 2013 orchestral prize at the San Francisco Conservatory. Within a Forest Dark. We’re playing it (NZ radio premiere) tonight in advance of his return visit to the country for his first work for orchestra included in the NZSO’s programme tomorrow, broadcast live at 7:30.

John Rimmer

John Rimmer Photo: SOUNZ

Also tonight: a double banger from John Rimmer for our series on the NZSO short concerto commissions and the Michael Hill (International Hill Violin Competition): the new CD from pianist Jian Liu, Sarajevo; and lots of stuff that’s on this weekend – in Auckland a world premiere and a New Zealand classic, and in Christchurch, world-famous Swedish cellist Torlief Thedéen performing with the Christchurch Symphony.

And a wild-card – one of the most famous movies of all time, 40 years old today.


Star Wars, 40th anniversary
JOHN WILLIAMS: Cantina Band, from Star Wars
POLYDOR 800096

Michael Hill International Violin Competition commissions over the ages
Programme 3 of 8: John Rimmer

NZSO Short Concertos - John Rimmer
JOHN RIMMER: Hidden Treasures
Ed Allen (horn), New Zealand SO/ Yan Pascal Tortelier

New CD by Jian Liu - Sarajevo: A Collection of Piano Works
JOHN PSATHAS: Sleeper, Chia
Jian Liu (pno)
Atoll ACD 217

John Psathas

John Psathas Photo: Gareth Watkins / Lilburn Trust / Wallace Arts Trust

Torlief Thedeen and Christchurch SO
YOSHIHIRO KANNO: A Cluster of Stars II
Torleif Thedéen (cello), Noriko Ogawa (pno)
BIS CD 876


David Grahame Taylor, NZSO concert tomorrow
San Francisco Conservatory of Music Orch/Eric Dudley
Private recording

New CD by Jian Liu - Sarajevo: A Collection of Piano Works
JACK BODY Sarajevo
JianLiu (pno)
Atoll ACD 217


David Farquhar

David Farquhar Photo: Trust Records

DAVID FARQUHAR: Ring Round the Moon
Augmented Alex Lindsay String Orch/Alex Lindsay
Kiwi CD SLD 107

Helen Webby (harp)
Ode CD MANU 5144

11:00 New Music Dreams

ANDREW THOMAS: Between Buildings and Trees
Andrew Thomas (pno, electronics)
Kompakt CD 79


i ryoko - Sacred Space

i ryoko - Sacred Space Photo: album cover art

I-RYOKO: Sacred Space
Thomas Lambert (electronics)
Sonorous Circle