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Published on Jul 5, 2013
"Legends of Rotorua" sets two of the great Maori legends to music. Composed by Paul Lewis with taonga puoro (traditional Maori instruments) composition by Horomona Horo, the work was first performed at the Rotorua Festival of Arts in 2011. These clips are from the studio recording made in June 2013.
The two stories "Hinemoa & Tutanekai" and "Ihenga and the fairy fold of Mt Ngongotaha" were passed down as oral history until being recorded in writing by Te Arawa historian, D.M. Stafford, in 1966. They remain a fundamental part of the history of Te Arawa and the Rotorua region of New Zealand.
The recording features: Paul Lewis (composer/conductor), Horomona Horo (taonga puoro), Joshua Rogers (storyteller/narrator), Sharon Elizabeth (soprano), Gabriella Dall'Olio (harp), Julie Murray (flute), Ellie Fagg (violin), Jamie Campbell (violin), Rose Redgrave (viola) , Jonny Byers (cello)