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FARQUHAR, D.: Prospero Dreaming / Suite / LILBURN, D.: Pieces for Guitar / 4 Canzonas (New Zealand Guitar Music) (Herbig)

Composer(s):Farquhar, DavidLilburn, Douglas
Artist(s) Herbig, Gunter, guitar
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.572185
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This is the first comprehensive recorded survey of the guitar music of Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar, the two pre-eminent composers who enriched New Zealand’s musical culture in the modern era. Lilburn’s Seventeen Pieces explore the instrument’s wide-ranging potential, alluding to Spanish idioms, the music of Bach and other influences. The other pieces by Lilburn are taken from his unpublished music. Lilburn’s student, David Farquhar, dedicated his engaging Suite to Ronald Burt, the influential British painter and guitarist, who emigrated to New Zealand in the late 1950s and inspired a new generation of artists to write for and perform on the classical guitar. The title piece of this disc, Prospero Dreaming, evokes



Review By Joshua Meggitt,Cyclic Defrost,July 2009

Classical guitar music can be a dreary exercise, too often relegated to bittersweet Mediterranean holiday soundtrack, but this disc of works by two of New Zealand’s most famous composers is indeed compelling. Expertly performed by Brazil-born New Zealand-based guitarist Gunter Herbig, much of this set retains hints of the refreshing air of Segovia’s Spanish favourites whilst injecting enough modernist kinks to keep things interesting.


Review By David Denton, Naxos,May 2009

Though guitar playing is blossoming in New Zealand, its origins go no further back than the 1950s when the English painter and guitarist, Ronald Burt, migrated there to set up a guitar school. Such was his impact that major New Zealand composers, including Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar, dedicated works to him. Today the soloist on this disc, the Brazilian-born, Gunter Herbig, enlarges on Burt’s original work as a teacher at the School of Music in Auckland. Douglas Lilburn, whose symphonic works I have so much enjoyed on two previous Naxos discs [Lilburn Orchestral Works 8.557697 and Lilburn Symphonies Nos 1–3, 8.555862], is here represented by



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