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SOUNZ Finalists announced !!!

The big news of the week is that the three finalists have been announced for our biggest classical contemporary music prize, awarded at the Silver Scrolls in Dunedin 28 September – the SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2017. Tune in over the next few weeks for profiles, interviews and, of course – the music itself.

SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2017 finalists: Salina Fisher, Jeroen Speak and Chris Gendall

SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2017 finalists: Salina Fisher, Jeroen Speak and Chris Gendall Photo: Supplied

We also celebrate the birthday on Tuesday of the most notorious composer of the 20th century bar none, the man of whom naughty Thomas Beecham said “ I don’t know his music, but I believe I stepped in some once” – Karlheinz Stockhausen. Hear one of his most notorious and beautiful works – Gruppen, for THREE orchestras.


SALINA FISHER: Torino                                  
New Zealand String Quartet

Stephanie McCallum (pno)
ABC Classics 456 668

Oliver Knussen (cond), Robert Spano (cond), Schoenberg Ens, Asko Ens, Amsterdam Sinf, Nederlands Wind Ensemble, Nieuw Ensemble/Reinbert de Leeuw
Etcetera KTC 9000

10:00 Icy Landscapes

PETERIS VASKS: Plainscapes
Decca 483 0968

Icy Tree

Icy Tree Photo: Creative Commons

"In Inuit tradition the shaman rides the sound of the drum to and from the spirit world. In Ilimaq the drummer leads us on a journey through soundscapes drawn from the natural world and from the inner resonances of the instruments themselves." - JLA

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS: Descent, Under the Ice, Sunken Gamelan, from Ilimaq
Glenn Kotche (drum kit, percussion), John Luther Adams (Instrumental and electroacoustic soundscape)
Cantaloupe Music CA21112

11:00 New Music Dreams

Moritz Von Oswald has spent more than a decade imbuing machine made music with human warmth. More recently, though he's been doing the opposite-- making humans  sound like machines. The Moritz von Oswald Trio is a live band that performs minimalist dance music. (Adapted from Pitchfork review)

MORITZ VON OSWALD TRIO: Horizontal Structures , 1-4
Moritz Von Oswald Trio
Honest Jon’s HJRCD 54