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Lilburn: A Song Of Islands, Etc / Judd, New Zealand So


Release Date: 09/26/2006 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557697   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Douglas Lilburn
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Douglas Lilburn wrote relatively little orchestral music. Aside from the three symphonies (also on Naxos, very well played by this same orchestra) this disc about does it. Much of the music dates from early in his career and accordingly shows a variety of influences: Vaughan Williams (Lilburn's teacher), Copland in A Birthday Offering (1956), and above all Sibelius, particularly in Forest (1936) and A Song of the Islands (1946). These were all good models, but at the same time Lilburn had an individual voice, even if its elements are difficult to pin down because of the pace at which he developed from a home-grown, New Zealand branch of the English pastoral school to the much spikier idiom of the Third Symphony and (on the way there) A Read more Birthday Offering.


Indeed, by the early 1960s Lilburn gave up working in traditional media and concentrated his attention on experiments in electro-acoustic music, which means that he effectively dropped off the map. Listening to the attractive works on this disc, from the Aotearoa Overture (his most famous piece) to the lovely tone poems, you can't help but regret his decision, however personally motivated and necessary it may have been for him. In any case we still have this rousing, very well executed, finely recorded disc to enjoy, in which Lilburn's home-town team under the baton of the ever-reliable James Judd does him proud. An easy recommendation.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Aotearoa Overture by Douglas Lilburn
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; New Zealand 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (11/09/2004 - 11/11/2004) 
2.
A Birthday Offering by Douglas Lilburn
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 11 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (11/09/2004 - 11/11/2004) 
3.
Drysdale Overture by Douglas Lilburn
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 10 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: Version: 1986
Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (11/09/2004 - 11/11/2004) 
4.
Forest by Douglas Lilburn
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; New Zealand 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 15 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (11/09/2004 - 11/11/2004) 
5.
A Song of Islands by Douglas Lilburn
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 16 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (11/09/2004 - 11/11/2004) 
6.
Festival Overture by Douglas Lilburn
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 8 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (11/09/2004 - 11/11/2004) 
7.
Processional Fanfare by Douglas Lilburn
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961/1985; New Zealand 
Venue:  Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Z 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: Michael Fowler Center, Wellington, New Zealand (11/09/2004 - 11/11/2004) 

Sound Samples

Aotearoa
A Birthday Offering
Drysdale Overture
Forest
A Song of Islands
Festival Overture
Processional Fanfare

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 IN A WORD---WOW!!! February 23, 2015 By Zita Carno (Tampa, FL) See All My Reviews "I'm waiting for the arrival of A SONG OF ISLANDS, ETC. which I ordered a week or so ago, and just tonight I heard Forest on my favorite Classical Masterpieces TV channel. The writer who described this album knew what he was talking about when he spoke of Sibelius as Lilburn's chief influence, because as I was listening to it I kept zeroing in on several major Sibelius works---the Second and Fifth Symphonies (especially the second movement andof the Fifth), and Tapiola. I'm very familiar with the last-named, and I could not help visualizing those northland forests---I wonder if Lilburn ever set foot in that part of Finland? And also a bit of Pohjola's Daughter, and a soupcon of Swan of Tuonela...if one had to acknowledge another great composer one could do a lot worse than Mr. Sibelius. I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of the CD when it arrives in the mail. Lovely,indeed. And now...tonight I heard another track: A Song of the Islands. More Sibelius---some bits of the Lemminkainen Suite, Nightride and Sunrise, and yes---the Oceanides, which I once described as enchanting as a song of the sea could be---not to mention suggestions of some of Vaughan Williams (with whom Lilburn studied)---and all tossed together in a particularly gratifying example of gemischtensalatmusik, most enjoyable." Report Abuse
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