on the airwaves

“Music is moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

CMNZ takes to the skies…

Next time you are on an overseas flight listen to CMNZ’s specially curated playlists. These playlists bring something new to on-board entertainment; in an era where so many playlists are created through an algorithm, (indeed, even many classical music radio stations are now programming through algorithm), these playlists are created by a human being, ex-ABC Classic FM programmer and producer Anna van der Leij.

The playlists are restricted to UMG content, however we are exploring ways of bring more NZ content onto this platform too – exciting times ahead!

Here some of the recordings you can hear on CMNZ’s classical channel on Air NZ’s International in-flight entertainment, and you can continue to catch a glimpse of these in future publications of theme.

in this issue…

ANJA LECHNER / PABLO MÁRQUEZ
FRANZ SCHUBERT: DIE NACHT

Many of Schubert’s songs were published in alternative versions with guitar during the composer’s lifetime; in some cases, the guitar version appeared even before the one for piano. This is the first duo album of German cellist Anja Lechner and Argentinean guitarist Pablo Márquez, the concept provided by the strong tradition of songs with guitar accompaniment prevalent in 19th century Vienna. Lechner and Márquez play some of Schubert’s most beloved songs (including Die Nacht, Nacht und Träume and Der Leiermann), elegantly framing the album’s centrepiece: Schubert’s expansive ‘Arpeggione’ sonata.

QUATUOR ÉBÈNE
RAVEL, DEBUSSY, FAURÉ STRING QUARTETS

We had to give passengers the chance to sample one of the finest Quartets in the world – Quatuor Ébène, who are coming to NZ this October as part of a global tour of Beethoven performing and recording the complete cycle of string quartets live in concerts spread over six continents.

Quatuor Ébène won Recording of the Year at the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Awards for this disc of Debussy, Ravel and Fauré string quartets, “scoring highest for an almost palpable sense of wonder” in these works.

VIKINGUR OLAFSSON
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

This release from Iceland’s Vikingur Olafsson has to be one of the most exciting Bach recordings to come out in recent memory; Ólafsson’s previous album for DG featured piano works by Philip Glass and the recording was named an Editor’s Choice in the April 2017 issue, with Gramophone’s Pwyll ap Siôn describing Ólafsson as a ‘breathtakingly brilliant pianist’ and this latest Bach recording lives up to that assessment too.

Olafsson’s playing of Bach is a very personal approach, and very personal selection of material as well. But it never falls into the trap of being the only thing you’re not allowed to be with Bach, which is boring. “It would all mean nothing without Bach,” says Ólafsson. “If Glass’s music is minimal, then Bach’s is maximal!”

TIGRAN HAMASYAN
ATMOSPHÉRES

Tigran Hamasyan: piano; Arve Henriksen: trumpet; Eivind Aarset: guitar; Jan Bang: live sampling, samples. Recorded June 2014 at Auditorio Stelio Molo RSI, Lugano

Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan has been one of the most intriguing improvisers in recent years, and his debut for ECM 2015’s “Luys I Luso” with its’ emphasis on the music of Komitas with the Yerevan State Choir and his own piano improvisations was an ambitious success. Despite very detailed compositions, the passion of the music maintained the varied interpretation aspect of early Armenian music. Hamasyan’s second ECM foray, “Atmosphères”, a quartet featuring Arve Henriksen on trumpet, the mind bending guitar textures of Eivind Aarset, and Jan Bang’s samples edify the pianist’s commitment to Armenian music, this time filtering it through a more improvised lens.

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We’re pushing the concepts of chamber music to new heights with energising and exciting collaborations sitting side by side with the masterworks of the baroque, classical and romantic. Share with us in this diverse and spirited season of exquisite music.

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Creative New Zealand | Toi Aotearoa

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