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Reviewed by Jesse Austin

NZ Trio: Lightbox

Reviewed by Jesse Austin

NZ Trio: Lightbox

A collection of works by NZ born / based composers is not something you come across all too often, let alone performed by one of the country’s foremost groups. Justine Cormack (violin), Ashley Brown (cello) and Sarah Watkins (piano) perform works by Rachel Clement, Claire Cowan, Gao Ping, Chris Gendall, Samuel Holloway, Karlo Margetić and Alex Taylor with finesse and passion.

Holloway’s Stapes provides a platform for the NZ Trio to show how each part can act against the other and also how they can act with each other. The trio synthesises effectively the moods of happy and sad portrayed in Gao Ping’s Four Sketches. The gem in this collection however, is the title track by Karlo Margetić. The harmonic and dynamic contrast within the piece is stunning and the way it is all performed (especially the extended techniques) is truly incredible. The interplay between the performers in all seven pieces is completely fluid. To have an album with great NZ content by phenomenal NZ performers is a true testament to what we as a country have artistically, and what there is still to come.

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