The Rattle Catalogue


The Rattle catalogue is a carefully curated collection of new music composed and performed largely (though not exclusively) by New Zealand music artisis.

With 13 'Album of the Year' awards from 31 nominations and a Gold Disc for Te Kū Te Whē, Rattle's achievements reflect it's commitment to new music of the highest calibre.

For more information, click on the album titles



Releases scheduled for 2017: some are in production, others require support

Sailing Ships and Tarot Cards
Christopher de Groot
Melbourne-based Christopher de Groot is a fine composer with a passion for the highly textured colourful world of exotica. On this beautifully produced recording he invites the listener into a magical moonlit musical landscape.

Natalia Mann | David Long | Richard Nunns
A largely improvised recording structured around the haunting delicacy of Richard Nunns' evocative taonga puoro.

Debussy Sonatas and Piano Trio
Te Kōkī Trio: Martin Riseley | Inbal Megiddo | Jian Liu
A programme of Debussy from one of NZ's finest trios.

Shark Variations
Reuben Bradley | Roger Manins | Brett Hirst 
Reuben's fourth album for Rattle picks up where Trio (2010, with Roger Manins and Mostyn Cole) left off, featuring Roger on sax and Brett on bass.

The Passing of Black Star
New Zealand Guitar Quartet
A programme of contemporary and traditional pieces skilfully arranged for guitar quartet, featuring works by Bach, Paine, Budos, Albeniz, and Utting. 

Secret Islands
Jim Langabeer
New works by saxophonist Jim Langabeer featuring an ensemble of some of New Zealand's finest improvising musicians.

Norman Meehan | Hayden Chisholm | Paul Dyne
A programme of contemporary music for improvising piano trio featuring Hayden Chisholm on saxophone.

Diabelli Variations
Michael Houstoun | Ludwig van Beethoven
Following the monumental set of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, Michael Houstoun presents a superb account of what some believe to be the finest set of variations ever written for solo piano.

Henry Wong Doe | Modest Mussorgsky | Eve de Castro-Robinson
Pianist Henry Wong Doe performs Mussorgsky's famous work inspired by paintings in a gallery, paired with 10 pieces written especially for this recording by Eve de Castro-Robinson inspired by works from the Wallace Art Collection.

Parlour Games
Jade String Quartet
JSQ's debut release on Rattle features a programme of recent commissions by some of their favourite NZ composers – Karlo Margetic, John Elmsly, Rob Ellis, Leonie Holmes, Kenneth Young, Peter Scholes, David Hamilton, Peter Adams.

Another Time Another Place 
David Friesen Trio
Recorded live at CJC in Auckland, legendary bass player David Friesen performs a set of original music with Reuben Bradley (drums) and Dixon Nacey (guitar).

The Art of Black and White
Lyell Cresswell  
An album of chamber works from New Zealand composer Lyell Cresswell, featuring Stephen de Pledge (piano), Christopher Bowen (tenor), and Jennifer Maybee (soprano).

Michael Houstoun
A selection of gorgeous French piano music, personal favourites performed by Michael Houstoun by Satie, Poulenc, Debussy, Faure, and Ravel.

Distant Beloved
Simon O'Neill | Terence Dennis
A programme of Lieder performed by Simon O'Neill accompanied by Terence Dennis and produced by Kenneth Young.

The Gristle of Knuckles
Eve de Castro-Robinson
Semi-improvised solo renditions of music composed by Eve de Castro-Robinson, featuring Ashley Brown, Callum Passells, Nathan Haines, and others.

Currently scheduled for 2018

Anita Schwabe
A programme of compositions by Wellington pianist Anita Schwabe, featuring improvising musicians Roger Manins, Ron Samsom, and others.

Beethoven Cello Works 
Inbal Megiddo | Jian Liu
A two-disc set of sublime music for cello and piano.

The complete Beethoven violin sonatas
Michael Houstoun | Bella Hristova
Concluding Michael Houstoun's Beethoven series is this exceptional boxed set of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, featuring the superb violinist, Bella Hrsitova.

Rain Tree 
Pedro Carneiro
An album of percussion works by Japanese master, Toru Takemitsu, performed by Portuguese maestro, Pedro Carneiro.

The Price of Fish 
David Bowater | Rob Sinclair
Artfully composed and produced songs that explore an often surreal emotional landscape.

Phil Dadson
A collection of improvised sound explorations from the inimitable Phil Dadson.



I stayed a minute
Eve de Castro-Robinson & Harvey Benge, featuring Dean Sky-Lucas on piano
Available on CD, download, and Limited Edition LP/book.

Fiddes v Tinkler
Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra
Australia's premier big band follow their Rattle debut (Walkabout, 2011) with an album of compositions by Andy Fiddes featuring trumpeter Scott Tinkler.

The Rodger Fox Big Band Plays New Zealand 
The tight, highly energised forward-momentum of Rodger's muscular Wellington Big Band sets its sights on an eclectic mix of New Zealand compositions.

East West Moon
Jonathan Crayford
A follow up to Jonathan's exceptional Dark Light featuring the same brilliant New York rhythm section of Ben Street (bass) and Dan Weiss (drums).
2017 Jazz Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards


Another exceptional album from NZTrio, featuring works by Claire Cowan, Judy Bailey, Raimundo Penaforte, Kenji Bunch, and Paul Schoenfield. 

NZTrio, Mike Nock Trio
The Mike Nock Trio and NZTrio combine to explore new works written especially for these two ensembles by Mr Nock himself.
2017 Jazz Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards


24 Tone Clocks
Michael Houstoun, Diedre Irons
The complete set of Jenny McLeod's substantial Tone Clock series, beautifully performed by two of our finest concert pianists. A masterwork on every level. 



Ring Round the Moon
David Farquhar 

The Chris Mason-Battley Group | John Psathas

The Green Hour
The Jac

Phil Broadhurst Quintet
2016 Jazz Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

Small Holes in the Silence
Norman Meehan, Hannah Griffin, Hayden Chisholm

Richard Nunns, Mark Lockett (limited edition CD and vinyl LP)

Ace Tone
Ron Samsom

Michael Houstoun with the Rodger Fox Big Band
2016 Jazz Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

Cthulhu Rising
Reuben Bradley

Tania Giannouli Ensemble


Passing By
Jack Body
2015 Classical Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

Between Darkness and Light
Michael Houstoun & Jenny Wollerman


Machaut Man and a Superman Hat
Dave Lisik

Beethoven Complete Piano Sonatas
Michael Houstoun
2015 Classical Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

Hip Flask

Landscape Preludes
Henry Wong Doe

The Cut
Alexis French


Dark Light
Jonathan Crayford
2015 Jazz Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

2015 Jazz Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

Naga: New Music for Gamelan
Gamelan Padhang Moncar & Gamelan Taniwha Jaya

The Jac (Rattle Jazz)
2015 Jazz Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards


Peripheral Hearing
Brad Dutz Quartet

Whaia te Maramatanga
Rob Thorne

Beyond the Edge
David Long
2015 Film Soundtrack of the Year, NZ Film Awards

Nick Granville 

White Lies
John Psathas

Cross Now
Samsom Nacey Haines

The Capitol Sessions
The Rodger Fox Wellington Jazz Orchestra 

Flaubert's Dance
Phil Broadhurst Quartet
2014 Jazz Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards


The Music of Drew Menzies
Reuben Bradley
2014 Jazz Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

The Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra 

The Buck Stops Here
Paul van Ross

Forest Stories
Tania Giannouli, Paulo Chagas

The Gaia Theory
Omar Carmenates

Our Own Sweet Way
Crayford Sellers Dyne

Inland (reissue)
Michael Houstoun
Remastered and repackaged with accompanying DVD

Michael Houstoun
2013 Classical Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

The Harvest
Adam Page, James Brown, John Psathas (Rattle Jazz)

Born Into This
The Music of Rattle
A 90-minute compilation album featuring Rattle composers and performers

Nga Tae
Nga Tae
2012 Te Reo Album of the Year finalist, Waiata Music Awards

Sneaking Out After Midnight
Mark Lockett, Joel Frahm, Orlando Le Fleming 

The Troubles
The Troubles


Rail 16
Dave Lisik

Hikoi | Journey
Paul Dyne, Richard Nunns, Dave Lisik (2 CD release)

Beethoven Cello Works Vol 1
Inbal Meggido, Jian Liu

Dave Lisik, Jorge Sosa

Invenium Viam
Inbal Meggido, Dave Lisik

Martin Riseley, Diedre Irons

Fate and the Processor
Colin Hemmingsen, Dave Lisik

Making Baby Float
Norman Meehan, Bill Manhire, Hannah Griffin (CD + DVD)

Natalia Mann

Te More
Whirimako Black, Richard Nunns
2012 Maori Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards
2012 Te Reo Album of the Year finalist, Waiata Music Awards
2012 Engineer of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

This Appearing World
Marilyn Crispell, Jeff Henderson, Richard Nunns (CD + DVD)

Who's Most Lost?

Storm in a Teacup
Campbell Rae Dyne 

Tom Dennison

Tim Hopkins
2012 Jazz Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

Delayed Reaction
Phil Broadhurst Quartet
2012 Jazz Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

Ancient Astronaut Theory
Dave Lisik, Richard Nunns

Jonathan Besser

Donated by Cantor Fitzgerald
Dave Lisik

Amy Rempel 

The Curse of the Queen's Diamond
Dave Lisik, featuring Richard Nunns

Samsom Nacey Haines 

John Psathas
2011 Classical Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

Flight on Light
Manos Achalinotopoulos


Buddhist Rain
Norman Meehan, Bill Manhire

Reuben Bradley
2012 Jazz Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

Roger Manins 

2010 Classical Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

John Psathas, Pedro Carneiro
2010 Classical Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

Irony (2009)
FSH Trio 

bright tide moving between (2008)
2008 Classical Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

Inland (2007 reissue, with additional DVD)
Michael Houstoun
2008 Classical Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

View From Olympus (2006)
John Psathas (CD + DVD)
2007 Classical Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

Te Whaiao: Te Ku Te Whe remixed (2006)
various artists
2007 Maori Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

Turn (2006)
Jonathan Besser and Bravura

Two Tides (2006)
The Chris Mason-Battley Group (featuring Richard Nunns)


Tuhonohono (2004)
Judy Bailey, Richard Nunns, Steve Garden

Te Hekenga-a-rangi (2003)
Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns, Aroha Yates Smith (CD + DVD)
2004 Maori Album of the Year finalist, NZ Music Awards

Pulse (2001)
Jack Body
2002 Classical Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

Rhythm Spike (1999)
John Psathas
2000 Classical Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards  

Ipu (1998)
Gillian Whitehead (with Richard Nunns, Tungia Baker, Judy Bailey and Georg Pederson) 

You Hit Him He Cry Out (1997)
Dan Poynton
1998 Classical Album of the Year, NZ Music Awards

Touch Wood (1994)

Te Ku Te Whe (1994)
Hirini Melbourne, Richard Nunns 
Gold Disc Award, 2002

Different Tracks (1993)
various artists

Songs For Heroes (1991)
From Scratch

Pesky Digits (1991)
Gitbox Rebellion