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A full-length symphony for large orchestra in three movements. It takes its title from the sequence of three sonnets The Islands by the New Zealand poet Charles Brasch. The music mirrors the unsettled air of the poetry and contrasts violence with delicacy and beauty as a metaphor for our times.
Commissioned by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
- Recitative and Appassionata
- Gongs, Echoes and Chants
- "And none knows..."
09 May 1996: performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra cond. John Hopkins; Christchurch Town Hall
Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lucas Vis and recorded live at The Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand in July 1996