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World Premiere Classical Guitar Recital


Sun 11 May 2008, 1:00pm–2:30pm

Where: St. Matthew-in-the-City, 187 Federal St., Auckland CBD

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $25.00
  • Unwaged: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Gunter

Gunter Herbig, one of New Zealand's foremost classical guitarists, is going to present two concerts to Auckland audiences.

Since its release in August 2007, Gunter's debut CD "Hauturu - Where the Winds Rest" has spent seven weeks in the Top Ten Radio New Zealand Concert classical chart and occupied the number one slot in the Marbecks Records classical chart.

An unprecedented success for a NZ classical guitar CD, critics from around the world have praised the CD in superlative terms for his style and virtuosity. Two international CD labels, Chandos and Naxos, have expressed interest in releasing Gunter's next two CDs.

Gunter's concerts at All Saints Church in Howick and St. Matthew-in-the-City will be comprised of repertoire from two exciting new recordings soon to be released.

"Prospero Dreaming", a CD with music by Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar and "Preludes from the New World" with Music by Villa - Lobos, Leo Brouwer, Maximo Diego Pujol and Auckland composer John Elmsly are highly original and adventurous programmes with World Premiere recordings on both of them.

The concerts will include Villa - Lobos' "Cinq Preludes", often-performed guitar works and absolute classics in the modern repertoire.

The wildly post-romantic and impressionist music of Villa - Lobos needs little introduction. Recent research by the Brazilian musicologist Eduardo Meirinho has brought to light earlier manuscript versions of the Cinq Preludes which at times differ quite considerably from the published edition. It is these Gunter will be performing in the concerts.

The CD recording and Auckland performances of these manuscript versions will be world premieres.

The Preludios Epigramaticos are based on excerpts from the love poems by the Spanish poet Miguel Hernandez.

While known for cutting edge avant garde composition in his earlier years, in this work Leo Brouwer draws exquisite sketches of the landscapes of the heart using subtle brush strokes of tender, contemporary and yet romantic writing.

Gunter's own research into the guitar music of Douglas Lilburn's revealed some interesting new discoveries: Lilburn not only composed the "Seventeen Pieces for Guitar" but also tried his hand at arranging his own work for the guitar.

Among the manuscripts Gunter studied at the Alexander Turnbull Library in Wellington, he discovered a handful of hitherto unpublished guitar works.

One turned out to be Lilburn's arrangement of Canzona 1 from Four Canzonas for strings, the others were pieces that he decided, for whatever reasons, not to publish.

Gunter has, with the permission of the Lilburn Trust since recorded some of these unpublished pieces and has arranged the remaining 3 Canzonas for the guitar as well. He will therefore be introducing some of these unheard guitar works by New Zealand's greatest composer to our audiences for the very first time. The concerts will include the Four Canzonas, also world premiere performances.

These pieces are also going to be released later this year on his CD "Prospero Dreaming": The Guitar Music of Douglas Lilburn and David Farquhar.

A special treat in the concerts will be David Farquhar's wonderful composition "Prospero Dreaming". Written in 1995, this is one of Farquhar's late works and is a rich and wondrous canvas upon which he explores the guitar's whole register. He wrote this piece in a most romantic and approachable language and it is rarely heard. So far, it still only exists in manuscript form.

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