Christopher Blake: Angel at Ahipara / Strings of the New Zealand SO

Album Summary

>Blake, Christopher : Angel at Ahipara, for orchestra
>Blake, Christopher : Night Journey to Pawarenga, for string orchestra
>Blake, Christopher : Christ at Whangape, for string orchestra
>Blake, Christopher : Anthem on the Kaipara, for string orchestra
Conductor Ensembles Composer

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Expedition Audio Recommended
In the photograph that inspired the album's title work, Angel at Ahipara, the weathered stone sculpture of an angel stands vigil over a grave... Blake's music, somber and austere, cold and brooding, captures in music the image in the photograph. It is very beautiful, not in terms of melody or harmony, but in the music's honest, direct, spiritual expression... ... read more ...

Atoll and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra dominated the category Best Classical Album at the 2012 New Zealand Music Awards, by capturing all three nominations! This new album, WINNER of Best Classical Album 2012, features the NZSO strings conducted by Kenneth Young performing the world premiere recordings of these works. The other two titles nominated in the category of Best Classical Album were Eve de Castro-Robinson's Releasing the Angel by and Anthony Ritchie's A Bugle Will Do.

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Recording information: Wellington, New Zealand (04/2011).



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Works Details

>Blake, Christopher : Angel at Ahipara, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Kenneth Young
  • Ensemble: Strings of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 11 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1999

>Blake, Christopher : Night Journey to Pawarenga, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Kenneth Young
  • Running Time: 14 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2003

>Blake, Christopher : Christ at Whangape, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Kenneth Young
  • Running Time: 21 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2007

>Blake, Christopher : Anthem on the Kaipara, for string orchestra
  • Conductor: Kenneth Young
  • Running Time: 16 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2006