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Offline vandermolen

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New Zealand Composers.
« on: March 13, 2017, 03:26:16 AM »
I can't find a NZ composers thread having checked Lethe's helpful index of threads and the search facility. So apologies if one already exists. If so I'll delete this one.
I already like the music of Douglas Lilburn (1915-2001) very much - or more specifically his earlier orchestral music and there is already a Lilburn thread. If you don't know him and like Sibelius and VW I'd strongly recommend symphonies 1-3, The Song of the Islands and the marvellous Aotearoa Overture. However, on a NZ composers compilation album I came across what I thought was a very fine work 'The Hanging Bulb' by a modern composer called Anthony Ritchie (born 1960). On the strength of this I looked him up and found that there are several symphonies by him plus other works on CD. 'The Hanging Bulb' is tonal but contemporary, reminding me in places of Copland's more modernist works. The symphonies have been very well reviewed on Musicweb and I've ordered symphonies 3 and 4. I just wonder if anyone out there knows his music. Also welcome any views on NZ composers - a country I'd love to visit one day:
Here (should the images appear) are some of the Ritchie CDs plus some of my favourite Lilburn releases:





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Re: New Zealand Composers.
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 06:22:17 AM »
I have this:

https://www.amazon.com/Landscapes-New-Zealand-Orchestral-Music/dp/B004S45284

and am quite fond of it.  Very good music and well performed.  I like Ritchie's Symphony No. 3 too.

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Re: New Zealand Composers.
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 07:06:27 AM »
I have this:

https://www.amazon.com/Landscapes-New-Zealand-Orchestral-Music/dp/B004S45284

and am quite fond of it.  Very good music and well performed.  I like Ritchie's Symphony No. 3 too.
Thanks for that. I'm looking forward to hearing Ritchie's Third Symphony.

Here's an enthusiastic review of Symphony 4 with links to reviews of the earlier symphonies:

http://www.musicweb-international.com/classrev/2015/Feb/Ritchie_sy4_ACD314.htm
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Re: New Zealand Composers.
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 07:09:28 AM »
Yes, I remember the Lilburn symphonies on Naxos as being quite good.

I also have an old Oryx LP with Lilburn works and a symphony (No.1) by David Farquhar (1928-2007), who wrote 2.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Farquhar

I didn´t know Ritchie.

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Re: New Zealand Composers.
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2017, 07:12:13 AM »
Yes, I remember the Lilburn symphonies on Naxos as being quite good.

I also have an old Oryx LP with Lilburn works and a symphony (No.1) by David Farquhar (1928-2007), who wrote 2.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Farquhar

That's a fine LP with the best performance of Aotearoa Overture (featured I think on the first CD cover I posted above) I also had the LP.
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2017, 10:02:44 AM »
Lilburn is NZs classical icon.

I love his 3rd Symphony, many of late piano pieces are very interesting. He was a composer trying to find a place between the major innovations going on with the European composers and tradition.
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Re: New Zealand Composers.
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 12:49:07 AM »
Lilburn is NZs classical icon.

I love his 3rd Symphony, many of late piano pieces are very interesting. He was a composer trying to find a place between the major innovations going on with the European composers and tradition.
I don't know the piano music. I think that my favourite of his symphonies is No.1.
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2017, 06:11:10 AM »
I've got two discs of New Zealand composers' music. The three symphonies of Douglas Lilburn, and one of music by Lyell Cresswell, including his Piano Concerto.

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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2017, 07:33:11 AM »
New Zealand has never really factored into any of my listening, but I think this is partly because there really aren’t too many composers that interest me from this country.
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« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2017, 09:34:51 PM »
If you like Ligeti, Boulez and more texturally based stuff you'll LOVE this:

https://vimeo.com/154125362

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Re: New Zealand Composers.
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2017, 09:46:25 PM »
If you like Ligeti, Boulez and more texturally based stuff you'll LOVE this:

https://vimeo.com/154125362

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Great Post  :)

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« Reply #11 on: March 15, 2017, 10:06:43 PM »
Great Post  :)

You're welcome Arpeggio man!  :D

There's more where that came from  ;)
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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2017, 10:20:28 PM »
Not even one mention of Jenny Mcleod???   ???
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