Alexa Still CD Contents


Oberlin Music
House Music (Flute Concerto, 2006) - Matthew Hindson
Premiere Recording - Oberlin Music
Oberlin Orchestra, Raphael Jiménez conductor
I: Kitchen, Garage, Workshop
II: Foyer, Swimming Pool
III: Lounge
IV: Nursery, Games Room
Distributed by Naxos of America
Link To Promotion Page

Oberlin Music OC 13-04
Ravel Intimate Masterpieces
Yolando-Kondonassis harp, Ellie Dehn soprano, Alexa Still flute, Richard Hawkins clarinet, Spencer Myer piano, Jupiter String Quartet (Nelson Lee, Meg Freivogel, Liz Freivogel, Daniel McDonough)
Introduction et Allegro
String Quartet in F Major
Chansons Madecasses
Cinq melodies populaires grecques

KIC-CD-7658
Carl Vine: Sonata for Flute
Ian Clarke - Orange Dawn (1992)
Paul Shoenfield - Achat Sha'alti (1991)
Carl Vine - Sonata for Flute and Piano (1993)
Sofia Gubaidulina - Allegro Rusticana (1963/1993)
Dan Welcher - All the Words to All the Songs (1996)
Joseph Schwantner - Soaring (1986)
Paul Ben-Haim - Three Songs Without Words (1953)
Paul Schoenfield - Ufarsta [Valentine] (1991)
Glen B. Corlese - I Dream'd in a Dream (2002)
Joseph Schwantner - Black Anemones (1981)
Sofia Gubaidulina - Lkage des waldes [Sound of the Forest] (1978)
Anne Boyd - Goldfish Through Summer Rain (1988)

KIC-CD-7566
Medieval Suite
Katherine Hoover - Medieval Suite (1983)
John Corigliano - The Pied Piper Fantasy
Chen Yi - The Golden Flute for flute & orchestra (1997)

KOCH 3-7063-2 H1
Alexa Still - Flute
Charles T. Griffes (1884-1920) - Poem (for Flute & Orchestra)
Howard Hanson (1886-1981) - Serenade, Op. 35 (for Solo Flute, Harp & String Orchestra)
Alan Hovanness (b.1911) - Elibris (Dawn God of Urardu), Op.50
Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) - Suuite Modal (for Flute & String Orchestra) (1957)
Kent Kennan (b.1913) - Night Soliloquoy (for Flute, Piano & Strings)
Arthur Foote (1853-1937) - A Night Piece (Flute & String Orchestra)
Malcolm Arnold (b.1921) - Concerto for Flute & Strings, Op. 45

KOCH 3-7144-2H1
Alexa Still - Flute
Samuel Barber (1910-1981) - Canzone
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) - Vocalise
Eldin Burton (1913-1985) - Sonatina
Quincy Porter (1897-1966) - Blues Lontains
Aaron Copland - Duo
George Rochberg (b. 1918) - Between Two Worlds - Five Images for Flute & Piano
Robert Muczynski (b.1929) - Sonata
Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) - Last TwoPoems (Maybe...)

KOCH 3-7232-2 H1
Ernest Bloch (1880-1959)
Trois Poems Juifs (1913)
Two Last Poems... (Maybe...)
Evocations (1937)

KOCH 3-7140-2 H1
Alexa Still - Flute
Gordon Jacob (1895-1984) - Concerto for Flute & String Orchestra
Malcolm Arnold (b.1921) - Flute Concerto No.2
Thea Musgrave (b.1928) - Orfeo II - An improvisation on a theme (world premier recording)

KOCH 3-7192-2 H1
William Grant Still
Summerland
Quit Dat Fool'nish
Pastorela (Edited by Alexa Still)
Folk Suite No.1 for String Quartet, Flute & Piano
From Suite for Violin & Piano (Edited by Alexa Still)
Prelude for Flute, String Quintet & Piano

KOCH 3-7367-2 H1
Moross: Frankie and Johnny
Frankie And Johnny (1945)
Biguine (1935)
A Tall Story for Orchestra (1938)
Concerto for Flute with String Orchestra (1978)

KOCH 3-7345-2H1
Kiwi Flute
Anthony Ritchie - Flute Concerto (1993)
John Ritchie - The Snow Goose (1982)
Chloe Moon - Concertino for Flute & Chamber Orchestra (1938)
David Hamilton - Passacaglia (1987)

KOCH 3-7394-2
Alexa Still - Flute: Charles Koechlin (1867-1951)
1-16 Book II: Dans la foret antique (In the ancient forest)
17-34 Book III: Prieres, corteges et danses pur les diux familiers (Prayers, processions & dances for familiar gods)
35-34 Book I: Sans Titre (Without title)

KOCH 3-7404-2H1
The Vinnese Guitar
Franz Schubert - Quartet for flute, guitar, viola & cello
Joseph Kreutzer - Grand Trio, Op.16 for flute, clarinet & guitar
Ludwig van Beethoven - Serenade, Op.8 for flute, clarinet & guitar

KOCH 3-7505-2 H1
Richard Rodney Bennett: Alexa Still flute
Summer Music (1982)
Sonatina (1954)
Impromptu (1969)
Winter Music (1960)
Memento (1983)

KOCH 3-7549-2 H1
Lowell Liebermann: Complete Chamber Music for Flute
Five Pieces from "Album for the Young" Op.43
Sonata for flute & guitar, Op.25
Eight Pieces for solo flute, Op.59
Sonata for flute & harp, Op.56
Soliloquy for solo flute, Op.44
Sonata for flute & piano, Op.23
A Poet to His Beloved, OP. 40 for tenor, flute, string quartet & piano

KOCH 3-7602-2
Flute Salad
Prokofiev: Sonata in D Op.94 (Laura Gilbert)
Kennan: Night Soliloquy (Scherzo) (Alexa Still)
Jolivet: Chant du Linos (Bradley Garner)
Villa Lobos: Jet Whistle (Vivo) (Doriot Anthony Dwyer)
Jacob: Flute Concerto (Poco adagio) (Alexa Still)
Ibert: Deux Interludes (Laura Gilbert)
Still: Pastorella (Alexa Still)
Burton: Sonatina (Allegretto) (Alexa Still)
Nielson: The Fog Is Lifting (Laura Gilbert)
Bernstein: Halil (Doriot Anthony Dwyer)

Wirripang Wirr040
Horace Keats A Poet's Composer
DISC ONE
The Orange Tree (Nielson)
Love's Secret (Blake)
The Trespass (McCrae)
Ego (Sterling Levis)
In What Other Places Do You Live (Henderson)
The Garden of Death (Wilde)
Sun After Rain (McCrae)
The Song of the Little People (Sterling Levis)
Dreams at Eventide (Brandon)
Columbine (McCrae)
She Walks in Beauty (Byron)
The Fishing Pools (Mackenzie)
The Point of Noon (Brennan)
Drowsy Chime (Brennan)
We Sat Entwinded (Brennan)
White Wind (Brennan)
Peace Dwells in Blessing (Brennan)
How Old is My Heart (Brennan)
Spring Breezes (Brennan)
My Heart was Wandering in the Sands (Brennan)
Once I Could Sit by the Fire Hourlong (Brennan)
Of Old on Her Terrace at Evening (Brennan)
I am Shut Out of Mine Own Heaert (Brennan)
Sea Wraith (Donnelley)
The Wild Man's Dear (McCrae)

DISC TWO
Fear (Montaigne)
Mermaids (Mackenzie)
I Will Build My House in the Water (C4th Chinese/trans. Waley)
Galleons (Mackenzie)
The Fig Tree (Henderson)
Heaven Haven (Manly Hopkins)
The Painter's Son (McCrae)
The Moon (McCrae)
Gonerill's Lullaby (Bottomley)
The Constant Lover (Suckling)
Versicle (McCrae)
Moonlit Apples (Drinkwater)
Echo (Rossetti)
I Know a Road (Brandon)
Two Lovers (Brandon)
Thousands of Roadways (Brandon)
Twilight (McCrae)
Plucking the Rushes (C4th Chinese/trans. Waley)
Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest (Foott)
The Ballad of the Convict's Daughter (Sibley)
The Roads Beside the Sea (Brandon)
Over the Quiet Waters (Brandon)
Drake's Call (Brandon)


SOUNZ vol. 1
Sounz fine music from New Zealand
A Song of Islands (Kiwi Pacific SLD-100) - Douglas Lilburn
Triple Clarinet Concerto (Atoll ACD 300) - Eve de Castro Robinson
Sounds: An Evocation of Tahuahua, Queen Charlotte Sound (Kiwi Pacific SLD-83) - Christopher Blake
Cadenza (Trust MMT 2020) - Gareth Farr

KOCH 3-7311-2
Visions: Alan Hovhaness Sampler
The Prayer of St Gregory (Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/Richard Auldon Clark, Chris Gecker trumpet)
Elibris (New Zealand Chamber Orchestra/ Nicholas Braithwate, Alexa Still flute
Mystic Flute (Marvin Rosen piano)
Aria Hymn & Fugue from Symphony No 46-To the Green Mountains (KBS Symphony Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania)
Montain Idylls (Marvin Rosen piano)
Adagio from Symphony No 39 for Guitar and Orchestra (KBS Symphony Orchestra/Vakhtang Jordania, Michael Long guitar)
Sonata Fred the Cat (Marvin Rosen piano)
Aia From Haroutiun (Manhattan Chamber Orchestra/Richard Auldon Clark)

Morrison & Co TRUST MMT 2020
Gareth Farr Chamber Music
Shadow of the Hawk
Kembang Suling
Sepuluh Jari
From Forgotten Forests
Cadenza

Atoll ACD 107
Puhake ki te rangi
Music for European and traditional Maori instruments with Richard Nunns taonga puoro with New Zealand String Quartet, Alexa Still, Tuhonohano and Aroha Yates-Smith
Puhake di te rangi
Hineraukatauri
Hinetekekara
Hineputehue

Atoll ACD129
Remember Parihaka
Orchestral Music by Anthony Ritchie
Auckland Chamber Orchestra/Peter Scholes, Alexa Still, Katherine Hebley & Andrew Uren, and Sam Hunt
Remember Parihaka for orchestra, Op61
Flute Concerto OP 56 (Alexa Still)
Double Concerto for Bass Clarinet & Cello Op93 (Katherine Hebley cello, Andrew Uren bass clarinet)
Comint To It for narrator and orchestra with poems by Sam Hunt Op91 (Sam Hunt poet)

JWP020
John Purser Circus Suite
Lynda Green piano, Jean Hutchison piano, Jack Keanery piano, Ronn McFarlane lute, Philip Norris cello, Rachel Barton Pine violin, Robert Shannon piano, Alexa Still flute
Circus Suite
Suite for Unaccompanied Violin
Flute Sonata
The Old Composer Remembers
A Message to Hirini Melbourne
In Memoriam Hirini Melbourne
Cello Sonata

JWP010
John Purser Dreaming of Islands
Cheyenne Brown clarach, Jean Hutchinson piano, Neil Johnstone cello, Mary Ann Kennedy vocal, John Kenny trombone, John Kitchen organ, Simon O'Dwyer dord iseal, Naomi Pavri cello, John Purser cello, Bonnie Rideout violin/viola, Alexa Still flute, Fraya Thomson clarach
The Banks of Corrib
Creagan Beaga
Luis
Bonnie on the Deck
Clavier Sonata
Skyelines
Piobaireachd for solo flute "Wai Taheke"
Tha thu air aigeann m'inntinn
Dreaming of Islands

Atoll ACD112
Octopus - Anthony Ritchie Chamber Music
Octopus (Amici)
Rites of Passage (Divertissiment with bassoon soloist Preman Tilson)
String Quartet No 2 (The Nevine String Quartet)
A Survivor from Rekohu (Alexa still flute and taongo puoro)

Koch International Classics is my record label. Koch distributes but does not sell directly to the public. Susan Napodano DelGiorno, the General Manager of KOCH International Classics, is my wonderful producer and can be emailed at delgiorno@kochent.com.

We have another CD “in the can” (not yet released) featuring the following pieces

    Mike Barnett: Liquefied
    Aaron Jay Kernis: Air
    Srul Irving Glick: Sonata
    Paul Schoenfield: Slovakain Children’s Songs
    Joseph Schwantner: Soaring, Black Anemones

My CDs are all obtainable from retail record stores and flute specialty stores as listed in my links page. Amazon.com sells most of them but they have a habit of insisting that some are out of stock when they are not. You can see my discography on the Larry Krantz Flute Pages.


Program notes for authorized copies of Kiwi Flute, as sold by SOUNZ (New Zealand Music Center)
Kiwi Flute: New Zealand Music for Flute and Orchestra

Anthony Ritchie was born in 1960 in Christchurch, New Zealand, into a very musical environment; the son of a composer (John Ritchie’s The Snow Goose is also on this recordng) and a soprano soloist.

Anthony began piano lessons at nine, and was improvising in public at the age of twelve. He composed prolifically throughout his school years, encouraged but not coerced by his parents, and was an avid listener of Shostakovich, Bartok, Stravinsky, Ravel and Debussy. He studied formally at Canterbury University, and completed a Bachelors degree in 1981 having seen a number of his works performed during theose student years.

In 1983, Anthony went o Hungary to study the influence of folk music in Bartok’s work and to study composition with Attila Bozay and Asolt Serei. He completed his doctorate in 1987 and from 1988 to 1989 was the Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago. He received commissions from all of the major musical organizations in the country. More recently his works have been recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Auckland Philharmonia.

Anthony Ritchie’s flute concerto was written for the Dunedin Sinfonia and Alexa Still as part of the composer’s residency with The Sinfonia, funded by the Queen Elizabeth II Arts Council of New Zealand (now known as Creative New Zealand) and was first performed on the 4th of September, 1993. Described as a work of extroverted and energetic nature, the composer says this was partly inspired by the performer, and (speaking of the last movement especially) by a performance of the New Zealand rock group The Muttonbirds.

The second movement however is far removed from this effervescence, and the opening soliloquy in the bass clarinet depicts a touchingly reflective mood. The influence if minimalist composers is seen in much of Ritchie’s work, and his interest in the native Maori music is also obvious, but the influence of eastern European composers remains the strongest. Ritchie describes his music: I am not so concerned with technique, style or national identity as with the expression of emotional states… I think music with genuine feeling (and sufficient skill) communicates with audiences, even although exactly what it says may be obscure, especially where texts are no longer involved.

John Ritchie was born in 1921 in Wellington, New Zealand, and is well known as a composer, conductor and university professor. His introduction to music came in the form of an E-flat clarinet loaned to him by a military band while a student at King Edward Technical College in Dunedin. His areas of interest in music grew almost immediately and he progressed very quickly accomplishing remarkable acheivments. His composition studies included postgraduate study with Walter Piston at Harvard University , and his extensive experience conducting orchestral, brass band and choral groups included working with the Addington Railway workshops Choir. He founded the John Ritchie String Orchestra and the group that eventually grew into the Christchurch Civic Orchestra. Gradually this ensemble became professional (although Ritchie himself never accepted payment) presenting over 100 concerts a year ranging from schools concerts to demanding programs including the Bartok Divertimento which the group premiered in Nelson.

More recently Ritchie’s interest in education became more prominent: he became Secretary General of the International Society for Music Education in 1976, and was elected as one of the eighteen individual members of the International Music Council. Of John Ritchie’s numerous compositions, the concerto for clarinet must be mentioned ­ a work that has been performed repeatedly and even choreographed by the Royal New Zealand Ballet. His style is distinguished by well-chosen instrumentation and attractive melodies, and he has written for every medium.

The Snow goose was written in 1982, and is best described by the composer’s own notes:

This is a quiet little tribute to the goose which, together with Phillip Rhayader and Frith, became a cental figure on Paul Gallicos classic war story, The Snow Goose.

The feathered wanderer from Canada, rescued from the marshes of Essex, tamed and befriended by Rhayader, eventually follows his yacht to the beaches of Dunkirk. Rescued soldiers swore if you saw it, you were eventually rescued.

Chloe Moon is both a composer and a violist/violinist, bron in Christchurch, New Zealand, in 1952. A graduate of the Canterbury University, Chloe spent four years as a member of the Camerata Quartet and was then awarded a Belgian government scholarship to study violin at Ghent. Her teachers included the composer Kit Powell. Although her public identity is that of a performer (she is seen regularly as principal violist of the Christchurch Symphony), Chloe is a well respected composer of vocal music, chamber music (including quite a number of works for ensembles with flute) and, of-course, works for strings. The later especially demonstrates her skills and experience as a player. Chloe writes about her composition for flute:

    “The concerto is cast in the traditional three movement structure. The first movement is based on a persistent rhythmic figure accompanied by pizzicato- like chords, with additional flourishes from the flute. Later in the movement this is contrasted with a more lyrical section. The flute cadenza then leads in the recapitulation.

    The slow movement begins with shimmering strings accompanying a melody in the oboe. The flute emerges from the texture with its rather bleak melody and is supported and joined by the orchestra as the music grows in intensity, and reaches its peak with the flute cadenza. Gradually the music looses its intensity and dies away leaving only the shimmering strings.

    The third movement is a tongue-in-cheek Rondo, with unexpected and exaggerated sounds form the orchestra, and with the changing rhythmic patterns contributing to the element of surprise. Throughout the work the virtuosity of the flute is ever-present. The Flute Concerto was written for the Amici Chamber Orchestra of Christchurch and the first performance featured the flute player Rebecca Steele”

David Hamilton was born in Napier, New Zealand, in 1955. He is head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School ( a school with a long-standing tradition of excellence in music) and a prolific composer, best known for his works for choir and chamber ensembles of various instrumental combinations. His music studies and ambitions were supported by his family, and he gained his bachelors and masters degrees in music at Auckland University. He was a foundation member of the prestigious New Zealand National Youth Choir which toured internationally and included his music on their overseas concerts. David’s choir experience has undoubtedly contributed to his very successful compositions for voices, and the melodic simplicity in his vocal music is also apparent in his instrumental music. His style is distinctly accessible and the influence of American composers such as George Crumb, Phillip Glass and Steve Reich is clear. David writes:

    “I was drawn to Crumb in the late 1970s by his use of instrumental resources (notably percussion) and his willingness to use both tonal and non-tonal elements in his music. From 1984 my interest shifted to the minimalist school of composition with its direct appeal to the emotions and simple harmonic devices. I have always been suspicious of any style which consciously avoids tonality completely ­ it strikes me as a rather artificial way of working. I have never been attracted to serial techniques.

    The Passacaglia for flute and chamber orchestra was written in 1987 for an accomplished group from Epsom Girls Grammar including flutist Elizabeth Hirst, and was revised in 1995 before this recording took place."