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Lyell Cresswell: Landscapes of the Soul; Concerto for piano; Concerto for Orchestra & String Quartet / Stephen De Pledge, piano

Album Summary

>Cresswell, Lyell : Concerto for piano & orchestra
>Cresswell, Lyell : Passacagli, for ensemble
>Cresswell, Lyell : Concerto for orchestra & string quartet
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The second Naxos recording of music by Lyell Cresswell, one of New Zealand's most distinguished composers. Pianist Stephen De Pledge, the New Zealand String Quartet and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra led by Hamish McKeich are featured on this disc. Lyell Cresswell's music is widely performed; he has been a featured composer at many festivals around the world. His orchestral songs can be heard on Naxos 8.570824.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
The title of Lyel Cresswell's program indicates what the music will sound like. Landscapes of the Soul suggests to me consonant harmony, simple melody, and cheesy expression. This is exactly what the music is like, clearly aimed at general audiences and not at aficionados of modern concert music. This may come in the form of bombastic brass and percussion or histrionic piano flourishes.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (06/25/2012-06/27/2012).



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Works Details

>Cresswell, Lyell : Concerto for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Stephen de Pledge (Piano)
  • Conductor: Hamish McKeich
  • Ensemble: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (06/25/2012-06/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2010

>Cresswell, Lyell : Passacagli, for ensemble
  • Conductor: Hamish McKeich
  • Ensemble: New Zealand String Quartet
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (06/25/2012-06/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 17 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Cresswell, Lyell : Concerto for orchestra & string quartet
  • Conductor: Hamish McKeich
  • Notes: Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington, New Zealand (06/25/2012-06/27/2012)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1996