10 Nov 2018

Sound Lounge: Premiere recording of Glass's new symphony ; Martin Lodge's string quartet inspired by the movement of nature, man and machines

From Sound Lounge, 9:30 pm on 10 November 2018

2018 NZ Composers Sessions

Hue, Saturation, and Brightness, form a cylindrical coordinate system for colour. Gretchen Albrecht’s Golden Cloud (1973) provided a stimulus, and point-of- departure for the composition of Jelleyman's work, commissioned by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for their 2017 concert series.

Gretchen Albrecht: 
Golden Cloud -  
acrylic on canvas 
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1974

Gretchen Albrecht: Golden Cloud - 1973 acrylic on canvas Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1974 Photo: Gretchen Albrecht, supplied by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

REUBEN JELLEYMAN: Hue Saturation and Brightness
New Zealand SO/Marc Taddei

Stream - Martin Lodge

Flow - Polaris String Quartet

Flow - Polaris String Quartet Photo: album cover art

Everything flows, nothing is stationary - Heraclitus

Inspired by the idea of flow, of fluid movement and the reality of constant change, the three parts of Stream reflect thinking about aspects of movement and human consciousness of movement. This includes movement of the human body, of natural elements like air and water, but also the flow created by machines and of digital data. We may be able to constrain time and change for a little while, using technology or with memory, or we may retain connections to past things through remembered song. ‘Run’ suggests the way rapid physical movement can spill across clock time and mechanical measurements. ‘Hold’ presents variations on a forgotten song; the simple melody gradually evolves through repetition. ‘Drive’ balances unyielding rhythmic repetition with outbursts of melody. All three are motivated by aspects of flow and movement as we humans experience it.

Polaris String Quartet
(Atoll ACD 518)


EDWIN CARR: Four Concert Studies
Lixin Zhang (piano)
(Rattle RATD084)

Philip Glass - Symphony No 11 (premiere recording)

When Philip Glass turned 80, to celebrate, the composer, conductor Dennis Russell Davies, and the Bruckner Orchester Linz threw a party in Carnegie Hall. The goodie-bag for the audience was the world premiere of Glass’s Symphony No 11.

The symphony was full of body-rocking vitality...Every moment was compelling in one way or another, whether pointing toward harmonic release, exploding with energy, or just simply lovely. This was forty minutes with neither note nor gesture wasted. (George Grella, New York Classical Review)

PHILIP GLASS: Symphony No 11
Bruckner Orchester Linz/Dennis Russell Davies
(Orange Mountain OMM0133)

Kate NV

KATE NV:  Binasu
Kate NV (vocals, electronics)
(Orange Milk Records)

11:05 Relevant Tones - Composer Alive: Poland

Access Contemporary Music has commissioned the Warsaw-based composer Agnieszka Stulgińska for their annual Composer Alive project, which tasks international composers to write music inspired by their homeland. The piece, Dance With my Breath, is innovatively performed in three installments over the span of 90 days. We’ll dive into Agnieszka’s thought process, play each installment, and sit alongside the composer as she hears the world premiere of the completed work for the first time. (WFMT)