The eight works selected for the 2017 NZ Composer Sessions were rehearsed and recorded at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre over the week beginning 10 April. Each was performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Associate Conductor Hamish McKeich, and recorded by RNZ Concert creating up to 90 minutes of high quality NZ orchestral recordings.
The following composers’ scores were selected by representatives of the NZSO, RNZ Concert and Composers Association of New Zealand (CANZ):
John Elmsly: Lanternes
Richard Francis: I, Time… from Three Movements for Orchestra: II
Chris Gendall: Incident Tableaux Part One
Natalie Hunt: Only to the Highest Mountain
Philip Norman: When Gravity Fails (Bryony Gibson-Cornish, viola)
Patrick Shepherd: Two Seven Two One
Tabea Squire: Ao
Louise Webster: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra: In hollowed bone I hear the seas roar (Yuka Eguchi, violin)
The project will also deliver a concert for invited guests to promote the works to a range of orchestras and broadcasters. SOUNZ’s Resound project will film the concert for future streaming online. Each year, Resound project delivers high-quality studio recordings of New Zealand works considered to be of artistic merit but for which broadcast-standard recordings do not exist. This year, for the first time, we are excited to add two orchestral works to the Resound Studio collection: Epithalamion Overture by David Farquhar and Fanfare by Jack Speirs.
This key SOUNZ project, in partnership with the NZSO and RNZ Concert, was established in 1998 and was rebranded as NZ Composer Sessions in 2016. It produces new recordings of orchestral music for public broadcast and online streaming, and so far 147 works by 89 composers have been recorded.
Read more about the past Recordings on SOUNZ online, where you can also find links to previous recordings and background information about composers whose works have been selected for the project in the past