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LILBURN: Orchestral Works

Composer(s):Lilburn, Douglas
Artist(s) Judd, James, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.557697
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Known as ‘the elder statesman of New Zealand classical music’, Douglas Lilburn was instrumental in establishing a genuinely vernacular voice. All the works on this recording portray New Zealand’s culture through an idiom instantly recognisable to listeners familiar with the music of Sibelius and Vaughan Williams (one of Lilburn’s teachers). Amongst the best known are Aotearoa (Land of the long white cloud), A Song of Islands, a tone poem which finds its parallel in New Zealand regional paintings, and Lilburn’s first major orchestral work, the Drysdale Overture, a beautifully evocative depiction of the isolated hill country farm where the composer spent his childhood. Lilburn’s Three Symphonies can be heard on Naxos 8.555862.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

James Judd and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra followed up their CD of Lilburn’s three symphonies with this collection of shorter works. Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand and the engaging overture is worthy of its name. Forest is an early tone-poem with a brooding northern atmosphere, while the Drysdale Overture is pictorial in a more pastoral way. A Song of Islands is similarly rewarding, but perhaps the most inventive work is A Birthday Offering, written in 1956 as a tenth birthday tribute to the New Zealand orchestra, a kind of concerto for orchestra, none too predictable. The Processional Fanfare, three trumpets and organ, is an exuberant arrangement of Gaudeamus igitur, played with real flair; but then


Review By John Grant,Limelight Magazine,January 2007

Douglas Lilburn, the doyen of New Zealand composers, shows the marked influence of his teacher Vaughan-Williams with overlays of Sibelius in this compilation of his earlier works. It's a perfect evocation of the dramatic sea and landscape of his home country. A Birthday Offering celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the NZSO in 1956 and there are overtones of Copland here in this delightfully playful and enjoyable work. The three overtures are all from the same stable and each has a distinctive Lilburn harmonic platform on which themes are built. They stem from his student days in London and from the dark days of the war so there's plenty of tension and drama in each work despite Drysdale being a remembrance of the composer's days on an isolated hill



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