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bright tide moving between

bright tide moving between




NZTrio are:
Justine Cormack (violin)
Ashley Brown (cello)
Sarah Watkins (piano)

Best Classical Album finalist, NZ Music Awards, 2008

For their first outing with Rattle, NZTrio follow their critically acclaimed debut Spark (2005) with an album that keeps one foot on the shores of Aotearoa while taking listeners on a journey out through the Pacific Rim.

The thematic focus of bright tide moving between extends through a richly illustrated package, to provide a sensual aural and visual experience affirming that beauty is very much at home in contemporary classical music. The music reflects a distillation of some very finely honed live performances and a deepening of artistic focus, qualities that deservedly led to the album being nominated as a finalist at the 2008 NZ Music Awards (pipped at the post by Rattle's very own Inland, Michael Houstoun's excellent double disc set of New Zealand solo piano music: RAT-D016).


Bright Sheng  (China/USA) Four Movements for Piano Trio
“... a Chinese-American composer who deserves to be heard... The trio presented the central movements with unquenchable fire, pulling back in intensity to illuminate the colouristic subtleties ...”
- William Dart, NZ Herald

Ross Edwards (Aus) Piano Trio
Talk about listener-friendly, Ross Edwards' Piano Trio almost gave the audience a collective hug, with its luscious harmonies and shameless lyricism …
- William Dart, NZ Herald

Toru Takemitsu  (Japan) Between Tides
… more placid, deeper, almost sombre in a mood that explored the combined sonorities of the strings and some dashing, splashing cascades from the piano. Justine Cormack described it as a very beautiful piece, and so it was.
- Harry Brown, Taranaki Daily News

Gillian Whitehead (NZ) Piano Trio
Notable too, the melody between violin and cello, then canons and imitation seeming to represent gentle waves at first, then breaking and forming more and more movement.”
- Harry Brown, Taranaki Daily News

RAT-D017 (2008)

This recording was made possible thanks to the support of The University of Auckland.

Production: Marc Taddei
Recording: Steve Garden

Bright Sheng Four Movements for Piano
   1st movement (3.10)
   2nd movement (2.25)
   3rd movement (2.19)
   4th movement (2.59)

Ross Edwards Piano Trio
   Allegretto (6.15)
   Poco adagio e mesto, quasi recitativo (5.39)
   Allgro assai (3.57)

Toru Takemitsu Piano Trio
   Between Tides (14.03)

Gillian WhiteheadPiano Trio
   1st movement (9.08)
   2nd movement (10.58)



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