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Visiting the country is one of classical music’s superstars: Scottish composer James McMillan.  On Saturday night he leads the NZSO’s Bold Worlds concert in Wellington which includes the new Zealand premiere of his second percussion concerto. Bold Worlds is being broadcast live on RNZ Concert. Later on 14 July he conducts the National Youth orchestra in a performance of his first percussion concerto, Veni Veni Emmanuel.

On Sound Lounge we have a listen to recordings of two of James MacMillan's other major works with him at the helm.

9:00 James MacMillan

James MacMillan

James MacMillan Photo: Hansvander Woerd

JAMES MACMILLAN: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
BBC Philharmonic/James Macmillan
Chandos CHAN 10275

Martin Roscoe (pno), BBC Phil/James Macmillan
Chandos CHAN 10092


James Wade

James Wade Photo: SOUNZ

A tribute to James Wade

We listen to a work inspired by a 2000 year-old kauri tree by Australian composer James Wade who died unexpectedly in June at the age of 38.

JAMES WADE: Te Matua Ngahere
New Zealand SO/ Hamish McKeich


Julia Wolfe's Steel Hammer

"Steel Hammer is inspired by my love for the legends and music of Appalachia. The text is culled from the over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad. The various versions, based on hearsay, recollection, and tall tales, explore the subject of human vs. machine in this quintessential American legend. Many of the facts are unclear – some say he’s from West Virginia – some say he’s from South Carolina – some say he’s from New Jersey... But regardless of the details, John Henry, wielding a steel hammer, faces the onslaught of the industrial age as his super human strength is challenged in a contest to out dig an engine." - Julia Wolfe

JULIA WOLFE: The States & Mountain, from Steel Hammer
Bang on a Can All-Stars, Trio Mediaeval
Cantaloupe Music

PAWEŁ MYKIETYN: Epiphora for piano and tape
Anna Stempin-Jasnowska (pno), Paweł Mykietyn (tape realisation)
Accord ACD 194

11:00 New Music Dreams

Brian Eno - Reflection

Brian Eno - Reflection Photo: album cover art

"Reflection is so called because I find it makes me think back. It makes me think things over. It seems to create a psychological space that encourages internal conversation." - Brian Eno

BRIAN ENO: Reflection
Brian Eno (generative music realisation)