15 Apr 2015

Germans in Maoriland? (2) Classical Musicians

From Appointment, 7:00 pm on 15 April 2015

There were significant numbers of Germans working as musicians and living here in New Zealand during the 19th century until 1914. Samantha Owens introduces us to a handful of these German immigrants who were indeed contributing to this country's youthful classical music scene.

Sonderhof NZ For Ever title page
Title page of Paul Sonderhof’s ‘New Zealand For Ever!’ - Alexander Turbull Library (Music Boc SON new 1905).

Music Details:

SCHUBERT: An die Musik (recorded 1914) - Heinrich Schlussnus (bar), Franz Rupp (pno) (Grammophon B 2227)

Paul SONDERHOF: Maori belle Walz - Douglas Mews (fpno)(RNZ recording)

Paul SONDERHOF: New Zealand For Ever March - Douglas Mews (fpno) (RNZ recording)

BRAGA: La Serenata (The Angel’s Serenade) (recorded 1914) - John McCormack (ten), Fritz Kreisler (vln), pianist (HMV DB578)

SCHUMANN: ärchenbilder, Op. 113, movt IV, Langsam - Lise Berthaud (vla), Adam Laloum (pno) (Apaité AP 069)

HANDEL orch Goossens: And We, All Like Sheep, from Messiah (recorded 1959) - Royal Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestras/ Beecham (BMG Classics 09026 61266)

HILL: Raha chorus, from Cantata Hinemoa - Soloists, Choir and Orchestra/Alfred Hill  (recorded at Auckland 5th July 1952) (Sound Archives)

Paul SONDERHOF: Always Yours (fragment) - Douglas Mews (fpno) (RNZ recording)

SCHUBERT: Der Gondelfahrer, Op. 28 - Männersangverein Bruneck 1843 (Newport Studios, B00CDFRW9W)

ANON: Die Wacht am Rhein (recorded  1909) - Emil Muench (ten), orchestra (8206: Columbia Phonograph)

A RUBINSTEIN: Rêve Angelique, No 22 from Kamennoi –Ostrow Op1 - Harold Bauer (pno) (HMV DB 832)

SCHUBERT: An die Musik (recorded 1914) - Heinrich Schlussnus (bar), Franz Rupp (pno) (Grammophon B 2227)

Classical Musicians was presented by Samantha Owens and Shelley Wilkinson. You also heard the voices of Peter Sledemere and Paul Downie. It was produced for Radio New Zealand Concert by Shelley, the early 78 recordings of various musicians were either kindly loaned by Rod Cornelius, Paul Downie and Douglas Mews and Douglas was also our pianist for Paul Sonderhof’s scores.

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