Jonathan Crayford is a successful concert pianist, multi-instrumentalist, film composer and jazz artist from New Zealand who played in nightclubs at 15 with his father, Terry, a pianist and arranger-composer.
In its own unconventional way, this is a knockout release from the Kiwi label.
There are nine interesting and pleasing works on this disc's 20 tracks, all showing the great affinity that New Zealand-born composer and clarinetist Ken Wilson (1924-2012) had for writing original wind music.
Retrospective. Hilary Hahn (violin). Deutsche Grammophon 2 CDs
Lyell Cresswell: ‘‘The Art of Black & White’’. Stephen De Pledge (piano), Christopher Bowen (tenor) and Jennifer Maybee (soprano). Rattle CD
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A major, ‘The Trout’, etc. AnneSophie Mutter (violin), Daniil Trifonov (piano), etc. Deutsche Grammophon CD.
Christmas with Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir. Decca CD
Veni Domine. Sistine Chapel Choir, Cecilia Bartoli (soprano). Deutsche Grammophon CD
Trios. Michael Houstoun (piano). Rattle CD
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas Numbers 3, 14, 23, 26, 32; 32. Variations in C Minor. Evgeny Kissin (piano). Deutsche Grammophon, 2 CDS.
This is Reuben Bradley's fourth jazz album for Rattle and the New Zealand company maintains it is his ``most relaxed and free-spirited'' disc.
Pictures. — Music by Mussorgsky and Eve de Castro-Robinson. Henry Wong Doe (piano). Rattle CD
This is the Moment. Nathan Brown Trio. Gut String Records CD.
The Jade String Quartet was formed in 2003 by principal members of the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.
La Cuisine a l’alto. Sylvain Durantel (viola), Emmanuel Christien (piano), Castang Francois (narrator). Polymnie CD
Christopher de Groot: Sailing Ships and Tarot Cards. Rattle CD
Chatter. Amy Rempel (piano). Jeremy Allen (bass), Jason Tremann (drums). Rattle CD.
Different Tracks. Various NZ composers and performing musicians. Rattle CD.
Elgar: Enigma Variations Op.36, In the South "Alassio" Op.50, Carillon Op.75, etc. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Hyperion CD
The Passing of a Black Star. New Zealand Guitar Quartet. Rattle CD