18 May 2019

Ben HOADLEY: Turakirae

From Music Alive, 9:30 pm on 18 May 2019

A work inspired by the landscape at Turakirae Head in south Wairarapa.

The world première performed by Peter Scholes (clarinet) and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra.

Turakirae Head

Turakirae Head Photo: Ulrich Lange, Bochum, Germany CC3.0

Ben Hoadley

Ben Hoadley Photo: Charles Brooks

Ben Hoadley writes:

'Turakirae is a promontory on the southern coast of the North Island at the western end of Palliser Bay. The head is an amazing example of tectonic uplift and is also home to a seal colony.

'This work was influenced by the rugged open landscape, isolation, and sweep from the foothills of the Rimutaka Ranges across the rocky beach to Cook Strait.

'Although the sound of the clarinet was in my mind from the beginning as I started conceiving the work while walking at Turakirae, several themes first appeared as the third movement of my Trio for two oboes and cor anglais. I felt honoured to expand them into this small concerto dedicated to Peter Scholes and the Auckland Chamber Orchestra.'

Recorded by RNZ Concert in Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Auckland, 25 November 2018
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay

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