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Late start this week, so as to fit in the whole of Michael Houstoun’s epic Beethoven outing with violinist Bella Hristova. The most audacious violin sonatas ever composed at the time, don’t miss them!

Jeroen Speak

Jeroen Speak Photo: supplied

Following that, we celebrate John Cage’s birthday  tonight in Sound Lounge – there’s more to him than 4’33”. A lot more. Tune in for one of his exquisite pieces for piano.

Plus, the next and last finalist up for the SOUNZ Contemporary Award 2017, Jeroen Speak.

And a NEW ALBUM from Rattle: the beautiful Parlour Games, from the Jade String Quartet.


Jeanne Kirstein (pno)
New World Records 80664

JEROEN SPEAK: Serendipity Fields   
Xia Jing (guzheng), NZ Trio

VARIOUS COMPOSERS: Selection from the album Parlour Games
Jade String Quartet

10:00 Japanese Contemporary

Cornelius - Mellow Waves

Nick Bollinger discusses the first album in a decade from Japanese electro-pop collagist Cornelius.


Cornelius Photo: Supplied

Karen Tanaka

Signe Bakke (piano)
2L 074

KAREN TANAKA: Water and Stone
Azure Ensemble
New World Records 80683

Ayuo - Izutsu

Ayuo - Izutsu

Ayuo (whose name translates as Fish-Life) is one of the most enigmatic figures in Japan, as unique as Moondog, Sun Ra or Haino Keiji, with whom he occasionally collaborates. Ayuo's music is a delicate balance of world music traditions, new age, improvisation and classical composition. Izutsu is a one-act opera based on an ancient Noh play, scored for Celtic harp, hurdy gurdy, sitar-guitar and traditional Japanese instruments. Timeless music with a charming, mystical quality–hypnotic, sensitive and alluring. (Tzadik Records)

AYUO: Isutzu 1 & 10, Taiyo
Ayuo Takahashi
Tzadik TZ 7227

11:00 New Music Dreams

Tim Prebble's soundtrack to the film One Thousand Ropes is a  nominee for the 2017 APRA Best Original Music in a Film Award. The winner will be announced at the Silver Scrolls at the end of the month.

TIM PREBBLE: Soundtrack to the film One Thousand Ropes
Tim Prebble (celeste, piano, modular synth, backwards gtr, processing), Aroha String Quartet, Joan Perarnau Garriga (double bass), Jeremy Fitzsimons (percussion), The Tudor Consort