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Alice

Performers:


Gillian Whitehead, NZSO cond. Marc Taddei, Carolyn Mills






First performed in 2002, Alice is the moving story of a woman's fight for a new life in colonial NZ. Fleur Adcock’s text with music by Gillian Whitehead is already recognised as a NZ musical masterpiece. Also on this CD is the exquisite short concerto for harp and orchestra “Karohirohi”, and one of Whitehead’s most impressive symphonic scores “The Improbable Ordered Dance”.

1.

A Monodrama: On Board the S.S. Fifeshire

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

9:15

2.

A Monodrama: Arrival in New Zealand

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

2:48

3.

A Monodrama: Father and Daughter Exchange Letters

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

4:49

4.

A Monodrama: Alice Discovers She Is Pregnant

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

4:05

5.

A Monodrama: The Death of Alice’s Father

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

3:11

6.

A Monodrama: The Death of Alice’s Husband

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

2:47

7.

A Monodrama: Alice’s Return to the Farm at Makarora

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

4:17

8.

A Monodrama: Looking Forward to a New Life

for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

6:25

9.

Karohirohi

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

13:31

10.

The Improbable Ordered Dance

Gillian Whitehead, Fleur Adcock

20:54