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Release was written just after Chris completed his undergraduate study at the University of Canterbury. Originally composed for his violin teacher Susan Farmer, who premiered the work, Release has since been performed around New Zealand and the United Kingdom. “It was the first piece that I wrote that wasn't being written for a portfolio, so I didn't have to write it and it wasn't being assessed. I just wanted to write something beautiful and following four years of study, I just had this sense of freedom and release.”
This adaptation for bassoon and piano was written for Ben Hoadley.
02 Nov 2011: Performed by Ben Hoadley (bassoon) and David Kelly (piano) at Rannoch, in Auckland