View From Olympus

John Psathas

BEST CLASSICAL ALBUM 2007

This masterwork from John Psathas is one of Rattle’s most acclaimed releases.

Best known as the composer of the ceremonial music for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, John is ecstatic that this recording has been completed. “For me, this is bigger than anything I’ve done – bigger than the Olympics,” he says. “These are my strongest works – my biggest statements and now they exist in the world.”

Pedro Carneiro (percussion)
Michael Houstoun (piano)
Joshua Redman (sax)
Lance Philip (drums)
The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marc Taddei

Produced by John Psathas
Engineered by Graham Kennedy (Radio NZ), assisted by Steve Garden
Mixed by John Psathas and Steve Garden
Design by UnkleFranc


Released: 23 September 2006
Catalogue: RAT-D015


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In classical music terms, this is THE LORD OF THE RINGS.
— METRO Magazine
The same small’n’savvy Auckland company who gave us Psathas’ ‘Rhythm Spike’ now have the NZSO play some of the man’s big scores... expertly propelled by the biggest band in the land under Marc Taddei, the delirium is such that even Lance Philips’ drumkit cadenza seems an oasis of measured calm... The recording does every shift of mood and sound the fullest justice.
— William Dart, NZ HERALD