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This work was commissioned by Auckland accordionist, Harley Jones, for performance in New York, August 1988, but was premiered in Auckland in 1987. In the first two years it received 36 performances worldwide and was recorded by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra with Harley as soloist. Performed frequently internationally, several other recordings have been made of this work. Rhapsody combines the sensitivity, expressive and distinct tone colours of the accordion with the full power of a symphony orchestra.
Commissioned by Auckland accordionist, Harley Jones, for performance in New York, August 1988
13 Oct 2005: Performed by Mary Tokarski (accordion) and the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Gary Daverne in Olomouc, Czech Republic
14 Aug 2010: Performed at AFNZ 2010 in Irvine, California, USA
Performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra conducted by Kenneth Young with Harley Jones (accordion)
Performed by Harley Jones
Performed by Harley Jones and the Air New Zealand Accordion Orchestra