Magazine article Gramophone

R Harris: Cello Concerto

Magazine article Gramophone

R Harris: Cello Concerto

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R Harris

Cello Concerto (a). Symphony No 4, 'To the Memory of Mahinarangi Tocker' (b) (b) Robert Ashworth va (a) Li-Wei Qin vc Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra / (b) Brett Dean, (a) Garry Walker Naxos [B] 8 573044 (54' * DDD)

New Zealander Ross Harris (M945) studied with Douglas Lilburn and taught at the Victoria University in Wellington. Since 2004 he has successfully pursued a freelance career, nurturing a particularly strong alliance with the Auckland Philharmonia, which has given the premieres of all five of his symphonies to date. The Fourth dates from 2011 and is dedicated to the memory of Mahinarangi Tocker (1955-2008), the Maori/Jewish composer, poet and songwriter. She and Harris were close friends and each of the symphony's five movements subtly incorporates one of her songs; sorrowful reminiscence and local colour combine to particularly potent effect in the concluding lament (echoes here of late Mahler and Berg, too). The work as a whole plays for just under half an hour, during the course of which the principal viola is assigned an increasingly important role. …

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