This is my first column in 2019, the gap because record companies were unable to send discs (or vinyl) for review.
This disc successfully mixes ancient and ultra-modern sounds, trying to portray a "slowly evolving, ethereal world, with pieces that express, reflect and explore non-linear time and memory as sound".
This disc went straight to the top of the RNZ Classical Charts in its first week of release, and it marks the debut recording of Lixin Zhang, who is a 16-year-old pupil in his fourth year at Burnside High School.
This is a very entertaining and spirited performance by Affetto, the group named after the Italian word for affection or affecting.
Boston-based composer Stefan Prock is a film music scholar and freelance composer of contemporary music for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestra and film.
This album was released just before the performer became internationally renowned as cello soloist at the recent Royal Wedding
Dunedin composer Dame Gillian Whitehead has received a further honour by becoming one of 20 Arts Foundation Icons.
From twins Christine and Michelle Naughton playing Mozart on two pianos with the NZSO and the piano duo Anderson and Roe using their four hands on one piano earlier in the year for a Chamber Music NZ recital, Dunedin has been treated to brilliant keyboard performances.
Bernstein on Broadway. London Symphony Orchestra, Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano), etc. Deutsche Grammophon CD
Leonard Bernstein must not be under-rated as an important composer and conductor of the 20th century.
Boston-based composer Stephan Prock is a film music scholar and freelance composer of contemporary music for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestra, and film.