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16 August 2017 / News
We’re delighted that Atoll Records has just released the studio recording of Requiem for the Fallen by Ross Harris, Vincent O'Sullivan and Horomona Horo and are pleased to see that it has made it into the RNZ Concert Classical Chart twice already since its release last month!
Requiem for the Fallen was written to honour the sacrifice of our ANZAC soldiers in World War I and was jointly commissioned by the NZSQ and Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir for performance in the 2014 New Zealand Festival. In this deeply moving work, poetry by Vincent O'Sullivan is woven through the Latin of the Requiem Mass to create a distinctly kiwi memorial to the thousands of young New Zealand men who died so far from home. Tenor Richard Greager portrays an ‘old cobber’, tortured by memories of his mates lost in battle, and the taonga pūoro improvisations of Horomona Horo lend a profoundly haunting atmosphere to the piece.
Following repeat performances in the Otago Arts Festival (2014) and Auckland Arts Festival (2015), the artists resolved to lay down the work for posterity by making a studio recording. This Atoll CD, produced with the support of Creative New Zealand, is the result of an intensive weekend recording session in Auckland last year under the expert direction of Karen Grylls, closely monitored by the equally expert ears of record producer Wayne Laird.
Elizabeth Kerr, reviewing the Wellington performance of Requiem for the Fallen for The New Zealand Listener described it as “a spacious work of shattering power” and Elizabeth Bouman echoed those sentiments in the Otago Daily Times, calling the Dunedin performance “a never-to-be-forgotten experience”. With this new recording, the work will have the opportunity to reach an even wider audience at home and abroad and will be able to be experienced by generations to come.
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17 December 2018 / NewsOur 4-week US/Europe/UK tour has just ended with two all-Beethoven concerts in the UK: one in Luton, and the other in London at the historic Conway Hall. Read More
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