This project began with a concert of my music in Prague in 2012, curated by American-born Prague-based pianist Patricia Goodson and featuring some of Prague's most respected musicians, including the Stamic Quartet, oboist Vilém Veverka, and Patricia on piano.
Subsequently, with funding from Creative New Zealand, my sextet for string quartet, oboe and piano, Shadows cross the water, was commissioned and premiered in the EuroArts Festival in Prague in 2014. With the prospect of two further performances in Berlin in 2016, one in the Czech Embassy and another in the Matthäus- Kirche, we decided to capitalize on the opportunity and record the pieces in Prague. The music was recorded in late 2016 and early 2017 by one of the best Czech audio engineers, Ondřej Urban.
This is an important album for me, containing several substantial pieces that are very close to my heart. The programme consists of eight pieces that span my compositional career, from Three improvisations for solo oboe (1963) to Shadows cross the water (2016). The recording features six outstanding musicians, artists who are sympathetic to my music and perform it brilliantly with authority and understanding.
Gillian Whitehead, October 2017
Jindřich Pazdera (violin)
Vilém Veverka (oboe)
Patricia Goodson (piano)
01 - Clouds over Mata-au for string quartet (7:55)
02 - Three Improvisations for solo oboe (9:07)
03 - Arapātiki for solo piano (5:32)
04 - Tom's serenade for Ann Morris for oboe, violin, viola and cello (13:45)
05 - Tūmanako: Journey through an unknown landscape for solo piano (6:37)
06 - No stars, not even clouds for string quartet (9:45)
07 - Tōrua for violin and piano (4:45)
08 - Shadows cross the water for oboe, piano, and string quartet (17:25)