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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Elgar: Enigma Variations Op.36, In the South "Alassio" Op.50, Carillon Op.75, etc. BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Hyperion CD