frequent recital and concerto soloist in New Zealand, pianist Stephen De Pledge
has received international plaudits for his “spring-loaded virtuosity” (Independent
on Sunday, UK) and “abundant musicianship” (Independent, UK). These exhilarating qualities come to the fore in A
New Zealand Partita.
Commissioned especially for De Pledge, seven New Zealand composers – Leonie Holmes, Chris Gendall, Chris Norton, Alex Taylor, Juliet Palmer, Celeste Oram and Helen Bowater – have written pieces inspired by JS Bach’s Partita no. 3 in A minor.
In a series of fascinating three-way conversations between composers, pianist and Bach himself – the performance includes Bach’s original partita – we hear this 18th-century musical form reimagined for the 21st century.
JS Bach Partita no.3 in A minor BWV 827
Leonie Holmes Fantasia
Chris Gendall Monolithe Allemand
Christopher Norton Corrente
Alex Taylor Sarabande, Inertia Study
Juliet Kiri Palmer Burl
Celeste Oram $cher.zo (two one four-hundred and thirteen dollars forty)
Helen Bowater Gigue – a pataphor: that which occurs when a lizard’s tail has grown so long it breaks off and forms a new lizard
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