Projects proposed for 2017, some in production, some pending 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. Superb.
This album from Auckland-based saxophonist Jim Langabeer features some of the finest improvising musicians in New Zealand today, including Roger Manins, Chris O'Connor, and Neil Watson.
Jade String Quartet
JSQ's debut release on Rattle features a programme of recent commissions by some of the quartet's favourite NZ composers, Karlo Margetic, John Elmsly, Rob Ellis, Leonie Holmes, Kenneth Young, Peter Scholes, David Hamilton, and Peter Adams.
New Zealand Guitar Quartet
A brilliant programme of contemporary and traditional pieces arranged for guitar quartet, with works by Bach, Paine, Budos, Albeniz, and Utting.
Simon O'Neill, Terence Dennis
A programme of lieder performed by the remarkable Simon O'Neill, accompanied by the superb Terence Dennis, and produced by the estimable Kenneth Young.
Te Kōkī Trio: Martin Riseley (violin), Inbal Megiddo (cello), Jian Liu (piano)
A programme of Debussy from one of NZ's finest trios.
Reuben Bradley Trio
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 Hirst on bass.
Natalia Mann (harp), David Long (guitars), Richard Nunns (taonga puoro)
A largely improvised recording structured around the haunting delicacy of Richard Nunns' evocative taonga puoro.
Norman Meehan, Hayden Chisholm, Paul Dyne
A programme of contemporary music for jazz piano trio, featuring the superb Hayden Chisholm on saxophone.
A programme of contemporary piano music from one of the great NZ pianists of the current generation.
Another Time Another Place
David Friesen Trio
Recorded live at the Contemporary Jazz Club in Auckland, American bassist David Friesen performs a set of original compositions with Reuben Bradley (drums) and Dixon Nacey (guitar).
The Art of Black and White
An album of chamber works from New Zealand composer Lyell Cresswell, featuring Stephen de Pledge (piano), Christopher Bowen (tenor), and Jennifer Maybee (soprano).
Pictures at an Exhibition
Henry Wong Doe and Eve de Castro-Robinson
Pianist Henry Wong Doe performs Mussorgsky's famous works inspired by paintings in a gallery, along with 10 pieces written especially for this recording by Eve de Castro-Robinson inspired by works in the Wallace Art Collection.
A programme of French solo piano music, personal favourites selected and performed by Michael Houstoun.
Beethoven Cello Works Vol 2
Inbal Megiddo (cello), Jian Liu (piano)
A two-disc set of sublime music for cello and piano.
Michael follows his extraordinary 14-CD boxed set of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas with this equally fine recording of Beethoven's famous set of variations, considered to be among the greatest music written for solo piano.
An album of percussion works by Japanese master, Toru Takemitsu, performed by Portuguese maestro, Pedro Carneiro.
The Price of Fish
David Bowater and Rob Sinclair
Artfully composed and produced songs that explore an often surreal emotional landscape.