Stephen De Pledge (piano), New Zealand String Quartet, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Hamish McKeich (conductor)
Lyell Cresswell, one of New Zealand's most distinguished composers, is represented on this recording by three examples of his mastery of the orchestral sound world. His Piano Concerto is cast in seven movements, written in memory of his fellow composer Edward Harper, and suffused in expressive intensity, by turns grieving and unsettled. I Paesaggi dell'anima explores affinities between music and art through imaginary landscape patterns. The Concerto for Orchestra and String Quartet is ingeniously constructed and pursues the idea of progression from solo voices, to quartet interplay and finally to a unanimous voice.
Cresswell Piano Concerto, I Paesaggi dell'anima (Landscapes of the Soul), Concerto for Orchestra and String Quartet
Running Time: 1 hr 14 min