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New Zealand soprano Jenny Wollerman is noted for her expressive interpretations of new and unfamiliar works. Her 2011 tour with the NZ String Quartet for Chamber Music New Zealand performing Ross Harris and Schoenberg brought rapturous reviews: the NZ Herald critic was "utterly transported”, praising her as “moving” and “assured and lustrous-toned” and calling her “the extraordinary Wollerman”.
Born in Wellington, Jenny trained at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and is now Lecturer in Classical Voice at the New Zealand School of Music, based at Victoria University. She performs regularly as soloist with all the major New Zealand arts organisations and in Australia and commercial recordings include Mendelssohn’s Midsummer Night’s Dream music with James Judd and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra for the Naxos label.
Pianist Emma Sayers has a long-standing interest in 20th Century and contemporary music performance, and has premiered many works by composers from New Zealand and elsewhere, including Anthony Ritchie’s 3rd Piano concerto which was written for her. She is a member of New Zealand’s leading new music ensemble, Stroma, and also collaborates widely with other NZ musicians. Her main teachers have been Judith Clark (Victoria University, NZ) and Rita Wagner (Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest). Emma teaches at the NZ School of Music, has an active performing career and also presents programmes for Radio New Zealand from time-to-time.
Producer: Michael Parsons
Engineer: Graham Kennedy
Assistant: Matt Thomson
The selection of New Zealand songs presented here takes us to the beach, the moon, the milking shed and many places besides; it’s an ideal introduction to the work of some New Zealand poets, as well as New Zealand music.
Performed by Jenny Wollerman and Emma Sayers, and recorded in the beautiful acoustic of the Hunter Council Chamber at Victoria University of Wellington, the music positively glows.
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