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1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die
(2 CD set)
ABC Classics cat. no. 480 0319

Featured recordings from the best-selling ABC book. From Edison 's 1888 phonograph to today's MP3 files, recorded music has never ceased to be the prized possession of music lovers. This collection presents selected highlights from the extraordinary list of must-have recordings assembled in 1001 Classical Recordings You Must Hear Before You Die. An indispensible companion to a fascinating book.

CONTENTS

Disc 1

ELGAR - Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85: I. Adagio - Moderato
PURCELL - Dido and Aeneas: Thy hand, Belinda; When I am laid in earth; With drooping wings
HANDEL - Water Music Suite No. 2 in D, HWV349: I. Allegro
HANDEL - Water Music Suite No. 2 in D, HWV349: II. Alla hornpipe
BACH - St John Passion: Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
MOZART - Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV550: I. Molto allegro
MOZART - Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, KV488: II. Adagio
BEETHOVEN - String Quartet in F major, Op. 18 No. 1: I. Allegro con brio
BEETHOVEN - Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67: I. Allegro con brio
SCHUBERT - Trout Quintet: IV. Theme and Variations
SCHUBERT - Die schöne Müllerin XIX. Der Müller und der Bach

Disc 2

BRAHMS - Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98: IV. Allegro energico e passionato -Più allegro
RACHMANINOFF - Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 No. 5
DVORAK - Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104: II. Adagio ma non troppo
RAVEL - Shéhérazade: II. La flûte enchantée
GOOSSENS - Oboe Concerto, Op. 45
WILLIAMSON - The Bridge that Van Gogh painted and the French Camargue
SCULTHORPE - Earth Cry
EDWARDS - Maninyas - Concerto for violin and orchestra: Ecstatic
VINE - Symphony No. 5 'Percussion': Part I (excerpt)


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Music details: Percussion Symphony  
See also: Orchestral  
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Alchemy
TSO
The Australian Music Series is a new set of recrodings by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra which will present the music of Australia’s finest composers in the most ambitious Australian music recording project ever undertaken by an Australian orchestra. The first releases in the series will include the music of Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Carl Vine, Nigel Westlake and many more.

The Alchemy collection, released in February 2004, is a preview of some of the musical highlights that will be contained in the complete collection.

CONTENTS

PETER SCULTHORPEFrom High Hills from Quamby
NIGEL WESTLAKEPenguin Ballet from Antarctica
GRAEME KOEHNETo his servant Bach, God Grants a Final Glimpse: The Morning Star
MALCOLM WILLIAMSONLento from Concerto for Two Pianos and String Orchestra
RICHARD MILLSPresto from Cello Concerto
PERCY ALDRIDGE GRAINGERDreamery
CARL VINESmith's Alchemy
BRENTON BROADSTOCKTimeless
PEGGY GLANVILLE-HICKSAllegro giocoso from Sinfonia da Pacifica

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Music details: Smith's Alchemy  
See also: Chamber Music   Film/Television   Orchestral  
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Anthology of Australian Music on Disc
Flederman
AMC (Canberra School of Music) cat. no. CSM-1

Australian works for instrumental ensemble including Vine's 'Elegy' performed by Flederman

CONTENTS

Roger SmalleyImpulses (1986)
Carl VineElegy (1985)
Martin Wesley-SmithSnark-hunting (1984)
Graham HairGanymede/Prometheus (1982)

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Music details: Elegy  
See also: Chamber Music  
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Anthology of Australian Music on Disc
Synergy
AMC (Canberra School of Music) cat. no. CSM-2

Australian works for percussion quartet including Vine's 'Defying Gravity' performed by Synergy Percussion

CONTENTS

Ross EdwardsReflections (1985)
Carl VineDefying Gravity (1987)
Trevor PearceDeserts 1 (1982)
Gerard BrophyHydra (1981)

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Music details: Defying Gravity  
See also: Chamber Music  
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The Art of Instrumentation
Homage to Glenn Gould
Nonesuch cat. no. 528982-2

GIDON KREMER + KREMERATA BALTICA

Nonesuch Records released The Art of Instrumentation: Homage to Glenn Gould, by violinist Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica chamber orchestra, on September 25, 2012, which would have been Gould's 80th birthday. The album comprises 11 pieces and arrangements by contemporary composers that quote from or are inspired by works, mostly by Bach, that Gould famously recorded during his career; two Arnold Schoenberg pieces also are drawn upon in one piece.

Kremer explains: "For the tenth anniversary of the Chamber Music Connects the World festival in Kronberg, Germany in 2010, I took up an idea that happens to have been voiced by a friend of mine, Robert Hurwitz, president of Nonesuch. One day, we were discussing Glenn Gould — whom Bob had known for years and with whom I had spent a long night in the studio, along with András Schiff - when Bob asked me, 'Wouldn't you like to arrange some of the works played by Glenn Gould for strings sometime?'

CONTENTS

1 Dedication to J.S.B. (Valentin Silvestrov) 5:58
2 Aria from Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Georgs Pelecis) 3:03
3 Prelude and Fugue in D minor, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 851 (Alexander Raskatov) 3:28
4 Three Voice Invention in F minor, BWV 795 (Alexander Wustin) 3:13
5 Slow Movement, from Cembalo Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 (Carl Vine) 5:12
6 Prelude and Fugue in A minor from The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 889 (Raminta Serksnyte) 4:11
7 Bridges to Bach (Giya Kancheli) 7:50
8 Sarabande in E minor, from Partita No. 6, BWV 830 (Leonid Desyatnikov) 6:19
9 Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor, from The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 883 (Victoria Vita Poleva) 6:39
10 After Gould: Goldberg Variations Nos. 30, 19, 4, 18, 22, 26
and Intermezzi, from Arnold Schoenberg's Op. 19 and Op. 47 (Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer)
5:58

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Music details: Slow Movement, Bach Clavier Concerto BWV1056  
See also: Chamber Music   Concertos   Orchestral  
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Bedevil
One M One Records cat. no. 1M1CD1020

Carl Vine (conductor)
(various musicians)

This CD features Carl Vine's lush and surprising soundtrack to the Tracey Moffatt feature film, Bedevil.

CONTENTS

All tracks composed by Carl Vine

Title Sequence
The Swamp
Young Danny Robs the Shop
Harmless Island Travelogue
Young Danny Goes to the Cinema
Young Danny Wrecks the Cinema
The G.I. Revealed
"The Spirits"
Chost Train
Haunted Kangaroo Hunt
Haunting Spirits
Train of Terror
Imelda and Minnie's Story
Spiro's Story
Minnie and Beba Appear
Imelda's Nightmare
Frieda's Story
Minnie and Beba Dance
The Nightmare Ends
End Titles

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Music details: Bedevil  
See also: Film/Television  
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Benjamin Boren plays Carl Vine
Enharmonic Records cat. no. ENCD11-021

Benjamin Boren, born in Noblesville Idiana, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College, where he served for six years as an Associate Instructor for Piano and won the IU Travel Grant Competition twice. He is currently the Coordinator of Keyboard Studies, and Lecturer in Music Theory, at the California State University, Stanislaus.

He has been performing Vine's first sonata for many years, but prepared the Anne Landa Preludes, for the very first time, just for this recording. It is the first time that all three sonatas have been on the same disc, and only the second commercial recording ever made of the preludes.

CONTENTS

Vine - Piano Sonata No 1 (1990) 15'30"
Vine - Piano Sonata No 2 (1997) 18'10"
Vine - Piano Sonata No 3 (2007) 19'50"
Vine - The Anne Landa Preludes (2006) 23'00"

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Music details: Piano Sonata No. 1   Piano Sonata No. 2   Anne Landa Preludes (The)   Piano Sonata No. 3  
See also: Piano   Solos and Duos  
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Carl Vine: Sonata for Flute and Piano
Koch Records cat. no. KIC-CD-7658

Flautist Alexa Still and pianist Steve Gosling present an array of new and recent music for flute and piano.

CONTENTS

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)


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Music details: Sonata for Flute and Piano  
See also: Chamber Music   Solos and Duos  
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Caroline Hong Plays Corigliano
Fleur de Son Classics cat. no. FDS 57964
CONTENTS

John Corigliano
Etude-Fantasy for Solo Piano
1. Etude No. 1: For the Left Hand Alone

2. Etude No. 2: Legato

3. Etude No. 3: Fifths to Thirds

4. Etude No. 4: Ornaments

5. Etude No 5: Melody

Lukas Foss
6. Solo for Piano

Carl Vine
Sonata for Piano
7. I.

8. II. Leggiero e legato


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Music details: Piano Sonata No. 1  
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Celebrare
Klavier Records
 
This CD by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music features music composed for and commissioned by the Conservatorium's Wind Symphony directed by Dr John Lynch. The eponymous work is Carl's orchestral fanfare Celebrare Celeberrime in a special arrangement for wind symphony.

CONTENTS

Celebrare Celeberrime Carl Vine
Smoke & Mirrors Erica Muhl
Spoon River Percy Grainger
E.G.B.D.S. David Stanhope
Hivemind Peter Van Zandt
No Strings Attached André Previn
Requiem for a City I. Matthew Hindson

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Music details: Celebrare Celeberrime  
See also: Orchestral  
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Cello World
Steven Isserlis (cello)
BMG cat. no. 09026-68928-2

In this remarkable disc, renowned British cellist Steven Isserlis has made a very personal selection of his favourite works for solo cello. A range of celebrity accompanists is headed by prominent composer, Thomas Adès. The eponymous work, Inner World by Carl Vine, is the last track in this collection of 18 cello gems.

CONTENTS

Ludwig van BeethovenAndante con Variazioni
Robert SchummanIntermezzo
(Violin Sonata No. 3)
Claude Debussy(Nocturne et) Scherzo
Hector BerliozLa Captive, Op. 12
soprano: Felicity Lott
Gabriel FauréMorceau de concours
Hubert LéonardDonkey & Driver
arr. Isserlis
Camille Saint-SaënsThe Swan
pianos: Michael Tilson Thomas
and Dudley Moore
Hector Villa-LobosSong of the Black Swan
Antonin DvorákRomantic Piece, Op. 75, No, 4
arr. Isserlis
Bohuslav MartinuDuo for Two Cellos
David PopperDance of the Elves, Op. 39
Julius IsserlisSouvenir russe
John TavernerThe Child Lived
soprano: Felicity Lott
Sergei RachmaninoffLied
Alexander ScriabinRomance
Sulkhan TsintsadzeChonguri
Mátyás SeiberDance Suite
Carl VineInner World

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Music details: Inner World  
See also: Electronic Music   Solos and Duos  
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Chinese Whispers
Gabriella Smart (piano)
Move Records cat. no. MD3296

Piano works by some of Australia's and China's most outstanding contemporary composers.

Dance tells an eloquent story: it is the physical, visceral celebration of life, from the frenzy of physical abandonment to the caress of a gentle embrace. Music is the pulse that keeps it alive. Composers over the centuries have taken dance forms and metamorphosed them into absolute music, as the supreme abstract expression of art.

Tracks 2, 4, 5, 7 and 10 comprise the program from Chinese Whispers, a performance of contemporary piano solos from Australia and China, and dance duets which tours Australia and China in 2005.

The remaining works are taken from a solo concert Smart gave for the 2003 Melbourne International Festival, the theme of which was the celebration of music and movement. The works of Ludovico Einaudi, Zhu Jian'er, Tan Dun and Michael Nyman are extensions of their ground breaking music for film.

CONTENTS

Canzone popolare (c. 1500)
(from Le Onde)
Italy Ludovico Einaudi (1955-)
An Offering of Intimacy (1955) China Zhu Jian'er (1922-)
Latin Rhythms
(for prepared piano)
USA/Aus. Erik Griswold (1969-)
Suo (2000)China Qin Yi (1981-)
Traces (1992)China/USA Tan Dun (1957-)
'for Cornelius' (1982)USA Alvin Curran (1938-)
Within 'A Prayer at Lamplighting' (2000)
(piano, digital delay & glass rods)
Australia Constantine Koukias (1965-)
Scherzo (1983) China Jia Daqun (1955-)
Tango for Tim (1994) England Michael Nyman (1944-)
Five Bagatelles (1994) Australia Carl Vine (1954-)

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Music details: Five Bagatelles  
See also: Chamber Music   Solos and Duos  
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For You - Classical Love Songs
ABC Classics
CONTENTS

1MozartZaide KV344: Ruhe Sanft (Softly Rest, My Dear One)Sara Macliver & Sebastian Lang-Lessing6:42
2PucciniLa Bohème: O Soave Fanciulla (O Lovely Maiden)Antoinette Halloran, Rosario La Spina & Sebastian Lang-Lessing3:38
3trad.Songs of the Auvergne: BailèroYvonne Kenny, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Vladimir Kamirski4:57
4trad.ShenandoahCantillation & Antony Walker4:01
5Stephen FosterAh! May the Red Rose Live AlwaysTaryn Fiebig & Andrew Greene3:14
6HandelSilent WorshipDavid Hobson & Antony Walker2:16
7MonteverdiThe Coronation of Poppea: Pur Ti Miro (I Adore You)Sara Macliver, Sally-Anne Russell, Antony Walker & Orchestra of the Antipodes4:31
8DvorakRusalka: Song to the MoonYvonne Kenny, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Vladimir Kamirski6:25
9MozartDon Giovanni: Deh, Vieni Alla FinestraTeddy Tahu Rhodes, Ola Rudner & The Tasmanian Symphony2:30
10Carl VineThe Battlers: Love Me SweetJane Edwards & Marshall McGuire2:40
11Stephen FosterWhy No One to LoveTaryn Fiebig & Andrew Greene2:57
12Saint-SaensSamson and Delilah: Mon Coeur S'ouvre à Ta Voix (My Heart Opens to Your Voice)Sally-Anne Russell, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra & Nicholas Milton6:21
13Robert JohnsonHave You Seen But a Whyte Lillie Grow?Sara Macliver & Australian Brandenburg Orchestra2:08
14MozartDon Giovanni: Là Ci Darem la ManoIsobel Buchanan, John Pringle, Queensland Symphony Orchestra & Richard Bonynge3:11
15Paul AbrahamVictoria and Her HussarYvonne Kenny, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra & Richard Bonynge3:43
16Paraire TomoanaPokarekare AnaTeddy Tahu Rhodes, Alison Morgan, Antony Walker, Cantillation, Jenny Duck-Chong & Sinfonia Australis4:27

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Music details: Love Me Sweet  
See also: Film/Television   Vocal  
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From Shadows
Adam Herd
Master Performers cat. no. MP004

Adam has recently graduated with First Class Honours from the Queensland Conservatorium, where he studied under Natasha Vlassenko. Adam has won many competitions and scholarships including the Keys Australian Music National Piano Competition, the Queensland Piano Competition, the Australian National Eisteddfod, the South East Queensland Concerto Competition, and numerous awards from the Queensland Conservatorium.

In 2007 Adam made his concerto debut with The Queensland Orchestra. In 2008 he performed with the Queensland Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and received the prestigious Brisbane Club Award. In 2008, Adam also competed in the Sydney International Piano Competition and in 2009 received a Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship to undertake a master's degree at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.

CONTENTS

Anatoly Liadov
Prelude op 11
Barcarolle op 44
Novelette op 20

Sergei Rachmaninov
Variations on a Theme of Chopin op 22

Carl Vine
Piano Sonata no 3

Astor Piazzolla
Suite para piano op 2, III


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Music details: Piano Sonata No. 3  
See also: Piano   Solos and Duos  
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Full Circle
The Australian Trombone Quartet
Eric Klay
Full Circle features solo recordings by Eric Klay, works by the Australian Trombone Quartet and Michael Mulcahy's first solo recordings. This album is a collection of works for trombone by noted Australian composers including world premiere recordings of 'Sonata for Three Trombones and Two Percussion' by Richard Mills, Barry McKimm's Trombone Quartet, and 'At A Loss' by Stuart Campbell.

CONTENTS

Carl VineLove Song
Richard MillsSonata for Three Trombones and Two Percussion
Martin Wesley-SmithWhite Knight and Beaver
Stuart GreenbaumIn Transit
Barry McKimmTrombone Quartet
Stuart CampbellAt A Loss
David StanhopeFour Concert Studies for Four Trombones

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Music details: Love Song  
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Inspired 20th Century Piano Music
Michael Kieran Harvey (solo piano)
AMC (Program Promotions) cat. no. PP-2

A very personal view of the 'great' works for solo piano of this century. Pianist Michael Kieran Harvey brings a unique energy and perspective to four very different musical experiences.

CONTENTS

Elliott CarterPiano Sonata (1946)
Graham HairUnder Aldebaran (1984)
Igor StrawinskyTrois mouvements de 'Petrouchka' (1921)
Carl VinePiano Sonata (1990)

For more information on this CD visit the AMC (Program Promotions) website.
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Music details: Piano Sonata No. 1  
See also: Dance Music   Solos and Duos  
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International Neo Classical Competition
Prize Winners Concert Live 2010
Ginza International Music Festival

Office ENZO & Florestan
CONTENTS

 Composer Work Performer Time
1 Francescon Paolo TostiMarechiareNaruhito Inagaki3:13
2Giacomo PucciniTosca, Act I: recondita armoniaNaruhito Inagaki2:40
3Salvatore CardilloCore 'NgratoNaruhito Inagaki2:46
4Amilcare PonchielliLa Gioconda, Act IV: Suicidio! In questiNami Aoyama4:29
5Giacomo PucciniTurandot, Act II: In questa reggiaNami Aoyama5:57
6Jules MassenetLe Cid: Pleurez, pleurez mes yeuxChika Ezawa5:18
7Giacomo PucciniMadama Butterfly, Act II: Un bel di, vedremoChika Ezawa5:55
8Carl VineFive Bagatelles: IIRayna Enomoto1:20
9Carl VineFive Bagatelles: IVRayna Enomoto1:15
10Carl VineFive Bagatelles: VRayna Enomoto2:42
11Carl VineSonata No. 1: IIRayna Enomoto9:07
12Maurice RavelLe tombeau de Couperin: I. PréludeTomohiro Matsuhashi3:12
13Maurice RavelLe tombeau de Couperin: V. MenuetTomohiro Matsuhashi4:15
14Maurice RavelLe tombeau de Couperin: VI. ToccataTomohiro Matsuhashi3:52
15Maurice RavelMiroirs: II. Oiseaux tristesMina Koike3:42
16Franz LisztHungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor, S244Mina Koike10:05
17Frederic ChopinWaltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1, "Minute"Kazuya Saito2:03
18Frederic ChopinNocturne No. 13 in C minor, Op. 48, No. 1Kazuya Saito6:03
19Mily BalakirevIslameyKazuya Saito8:49
20Francis PoulencLes Chemins De L'AmourSaori Kanda3:32
21Francis PoulencMétamorphoses: II. C'est ainsi que tu esSaori Kanda1:14
22Francis PoulencMétamorphoses: I. Reine des mouettesSaori Kanda2:13
23Francis PoulencMétamorphoses: III. PaganiniSaori Kanda1:19
24Francis PoulencLes mamelles de Tiresias: Non, Monsieur, mon mariSaori Kanda5:21
25Giacomo PucciniTurandot, Act I: Signore, ascolta!Yuko Aoyagi2:31
26Alfredo Casella3 Canzoni Trecentesche: Fuor de la bella gaibaYuko Aoyagi3:25
27  HatsukoiYuko Aoyagi3:50
28  KayanokiyamaYuko Aoyagi2:40
29  Aka-TomboYuko Aoyagi3:41
30Bill WhelanRiverdance: Marta's DancePercussion Group Ogun4:23
31Bill WhelanRiverdancePercussion Group Ogun1:58

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Music details: Piano Sonata No. 1   Five Bagatelles  
See also: Piano   Solos and Duos  
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Love, Longing & Lullabies
Tamara Kuldin cat. no. 1

Invetive and loving interpretations of the greatest tunes from The Sound of Music, Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, The Beatles and more. Featuring Tamara Kuldin and an ensemble of renowned Australian jazz musicians, this is a beautiful, gentle and evocative album to immerse yourself in. A music box of love, longing and lullabies.

CONTENTS

1.THE NEARNESS OF YOU05:51
2.QUE SERA03:26
3.EMBRACEABLE YOU04:22
4.MY FAVOURITE THINGS04:31
5.SMILE03:31
6.DREAM A LITTLE DREAM OF ME03:34
7.LOVE ME SWEET03:13
8.BLACKBIRD03:36
9.SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW05:59

For more information on this CD visit the Tamara Kuldin website.
Music details: Love Me Sweet  
See also: Film/Television   Vocal  
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Masterprize
EMI Records cat. no. EMI-7243-5-72826-2-8

Daniel Harding (conductor)
London Symphony Orchestra

This is the commercial recording of the 6 finalist works from the Masterprize Competition held at the Barbican, London, in April 1998.

CONTENTS

Andrew MarchMarine - à travers les arbres
Victoria Borisova-OllasWings of the Wind
Daniele GaspariniThrough the looking glass
Stephen HartkeThe Ascent of the Equestrian in a Balloon
Carl VineDescent
Zhou LongTwo Poems from Tang

For more information on this CD visit the EMI Records website.
Music details: Descent  
See also: Film/Television   Orchestral  
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NEW
Brian Bensing & Marja Mutru
Brian Bensing cat. no. Bensing/Mutru

A hand-picked collection of demanding modern works for flute and piano.

CONTENTS

John Rutter - Suite Antique (1979)
Gary Schocker - Sonata No 2, op 32 (1993
Robert Denham - The Lament of Aeneas (2003)
Carl Vine - Sonata for Flute and Piano (1992)
Mike Mower - Fingerbusters (1993)


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Music details: Sonata for Flute and Piano  
See also: Chamber Music   Solos and Duos  
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Pipe Dreams
BIS Records cat. no. BIS-1789

On a wide selection of recordings – solo, with orchestra, and in chamber music – Sharon Bezaly has demonstrated not only ‘utter commitment to the works’ but also ‘the most technically assured, breathtakingly brilliant flute-playing around’ (Fanfare).

On Pipe Dreams, she appears with the eminent Australian Chamber Orchestra and their leader Richard Tognetti in a programme which takes its name from the Australian composer Carl Vine’s work for flute and orchestra. As the composer writes, a basic idea for the work is ‘the folly that a flute – the instrument itself – might harbour its own secret wishes. In a universe where all is possible, what might a flute dream?’ Intriguingly this also offers a key for possible interpretations of the other works on the disc.

The Pitangus Sulphuratus of the Venzuelan composer Adina Izarra’s concerto – composed in 1987, but with a new cadenza written especially for Bezaly – is a yellow and brown bird found in great numbers in the Caracas valley. Its call appears throughout the piece, especially in evocations (or dreams?) of moods typical of Caracas: a lazy and hot March afternoon, or the gentle swinging of a hammock. Such episodes are interspersed with fast and rhythmically intricate variations on the merengue.

Another dance, the tango, makes a fleeting and inconclusive, almost dreamlike appearance in Flute Concerto with Tango, which the Uruguayan composer and celebrated conductor José Serebrier has dedicated to Sharon Bezaly. Impresiones de la Puna, finally, embodies the dream of an eighteen-year-old Alberto Ginastera of finding a truly Argentinean musical language, tracing it back to the indigenous music of the high plateaus of the central Andes, the puna.

CONTENTS

José Serebrier - Flute Concerto with Tango
    1. I. Quasi Presto [5'16]
    2. II. Cadenza. Andante rubato [3'51]
    3. III. Fantasia [5'46]
    4. IV. Tango inconclusivo [2'32]
    5. V. Allegro comodo [4'36]

Adina Izarra
    6. Pitangus Sulphuratus [15'05]

Carl Vine
    7. Pipe Dreams [14'53]

Alberto E. Ginastera - Impresiones de la Puna
    8. I. Quena [2'19]
    9. II. Canción – Yaraví – Tempo I [1'46]
    10. III. Danza [2'46]


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Music details: Pipe Dreams  
See also: Concertos   Orchestral  
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Prevailing Winds
OLGP cat. no. 245CD

A collection of modern flute music performed by Immanuel Davis accompanied by Stephen Gosling on the piano. Immanuel Davis has been Professor of Flute at the University of Minnesota since 2001.

CONTENTS

1-3. Carl Vine: Flute Sonata (1992)
4-5. Alfredo Casella: Sicilienne et Burlesque op 23 (1914)
6-8. M. Carmargo Guarnieri: Sonatine (1947)
9-10. Ronn Yedidia: Arabesque and Lullaby (1983)
11. Albert Roussel: Andante et Scherzo op 51 (1934)
12. David Lang: Vent (1990)
13. Kent Kennan: Night Soliloquy (1936)


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Music details: Sonata for Flute and Piano  
See also: Chamber Music   Solos and Duos  
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Rabid Bay
Move Records cat. no. MD3288

Michael Kieran Harvey is one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music of his generation. A champion of Australian music and himself a composer, he regularly commissions new Australian music and has performed Australian music with Australia's leading contemporary music ensembles and orchestras. This recording presents some of Australia's cutting edge piano music - bold and experimental, but also increasingly lyrical.

"I have developed close relationships with all the composers involved over the years. They represent an exciting younger generation of Australian composers. All are developing ways to address the question of fine art music and technology and acoustic instruments in this new century. They display an irresistable energy which in performance is communicated to a broad range of ages." - Michael Kieran Harvey

CONTENTS

Nigel WestlakePiano Sonata
Lawrence WhiffinSonata for Piano, Mechanical Mirrors
Kate TempanyThe Promise of Water
Tim DargavilleNegra I for piano solo
Michael Kieran HarveyPink Nautilus (2003)
Carl VineRash (1997)
Kate NealRabid Bay

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Samsara
Australia Ensemble
Australian Music Centre cat. no. VAST020-2

The Australia Ensemble, resident at The University of New South Wales, performs works by Larry Sitsky, Gordon Kerry, Don Banks, Bozidar Kos and Carl Vine.

"It is the Samsara CD for which I have unreserved praise ... First rate." - Lyle Chan, Soundscapes Magazine

CONTENTS

Larry Sitsky Samsara
Gordon Kerry Sonata da camera
Don Banks Divertimento for flute and string trio
Bozidar Kos Catena 2
Carl Vine Miniature IV

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Schimmel Concert Grand Piano
The Team of Pianists
Move Records cat. no. MCD301

The Team of Pianists has already eight commercial CDs, and now the ninth is
Schimmel Artist Collection: Australia's renowned Team of Pianists presenting
the new Schimmel Concert Grand Piano K 256.

The Team has the honour of this CD being the inaugural recording in
Schimmel's Artist Collection series. The Team of Pianists comprises four
principal partner-members; Max Cooke OAM, Darryl Coote, Robert Chamberlain
and Rohan Murray. As Artists-in-Residence at Glenfern Estate in East St.
Kilda, they conduct regular concerts including the summer Rigg Bequest
series Classic Music in Historic Venues during the summer, and the popular
series Twilight Chamber Music at Rippon Lea in winter.

The new Schimmel K 256 Concert Grand Piano was shipped to Melbourne in
August 2005, where it was unboxed and assembled in the warehouse of Bernies
Music Land in Ringwood. This allowed the Team partners to rehearse and
become familiar with the instrument's touch and character prior to recording
in the studio. Agents for Schimmel pianos is Bernies Music Land, Ringwood,
sponsors of the Team of Pianists, who made the production of this CD
possible. Following delivery to the studios of Move Records in Eaglemont,
the recording sessions took place between 17 and October 2005.

The selection of music comprises works for piano duet by Brahms, solos by
Chopin, Debussy, Schumann, Gottschalk and Vine, which sit alongside the
Saint-Saens' Sonata for clarinet and piano, Opus 167, which features guest
clarinettist Craig Hill from the Melbourne Symphony.

CONTENTS

  • Waltzes for four hands by Johannes Brahms played by Darryl Coote and Max Cooke
  • Etude in C minor Op 10 No. 12 (Revolutionary) played by Rohan Murray
  • Relets dans l'Eau (images 1, 1905) played by Darryl Coote
  • Sonata for clarinet and piano Op. 167 by Camille Saint-Saens. Played by Craig Hill, Clarinet and Robert Chamberlain, piano.
  • Romance in F sharp major, Op. 28 No. 2 by Schumann played by Max Cooke
  • The Banjo by Louis Moreau Gottschalk played by Robert Chamberlain
  • Piano Sonata No 1 (1990) by Carl Vine played by Rohan Murray

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Sergei Babayan
ProPiano Records cat. no. PPR224517

Sergei Babayan (solo piano)

A remarkable collection of twentieth century works for solo piano including "Piano Sonata No. 1" by Carl Vine.

CONTENTS

Olivier Messiaenfrom "Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant Jésus":
XI, XIII, XV
Carl VinePiano Sonata (1990)
Ottorino RespighiPrelude No. 1 from
"Three Preludes on Greogrian Melodies"

Notturno
Gyorgy LigetiFrom Music Ricercata (1951-1953)
I, III, VII

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Serious Cabaret
Mary Carewe (voice) and Philip Mayers (piano)
Orchid Classics cat. no. ORC 100021

'Life is a cabaret', someone said, or sang, and perhaps the reverse would have to be true as well. So welcome to this cabaret and welcome to life – life as it is lived in the early hours, or more likely as it is remembered, and dreamed of, and hoped for. Lucklessness is the main dish, with irony on the side, and a squeeze of optimism.

The programme spans almost the whole of the twentieth century, with contributions from both sides of the Atlantic, but we seem to be listening to one person's story. 'Diamonds are forever', she sings, with an erotic charge rather different from Shirley Bassey's on the soundtrack of the 1971 film. Would those, then, be the same diamonds she goes on to mention in 'What good would the moon be?', from Kurt Weill's 1947 show Street Scene? The piano makes the connection, but the singer is moving on, from sensuality to the 'L' word – only to pull herself back because, as the 1950 John Duke song has it, 'I can't be talkin' of love'. Duke, a conservatory-trained musician and a professor, was a composer mostly of art songs, but at this time of night the barriers have dropped.

Friedrich Hollaender was also conservatory-trained, in Berlin, with the composer of Hansel and Gretel his teacher, before he started contributing to the city's thriving cabaret and film culture in the last years of the Weimar Republic. His 'O just suppose' of 1928 neatly complicates the emerging picture, and perhaps explains why the singer has to tell herself, to Noël Coward's words, 'it's no use competing'. Written for the 1925 revue On with the Dance, 'Poor little rich girl' was one of Coward's earliest successes as a songwriter. Samuel Barber's 'Promiscuity' then seems to take us back to Hollaender's triangle, if not to some larger polygon, but the words here are more than a thousand years old, and Irish, the song coming from a group in which the composer set old Irish poems (Hermit Songs, 1955).

To whom can a woman turn under such circumstances? Her hairdresser. Carl Vine's 'Aria' (1984) is the luminous remnant of a planned operatic collaboration with Patrick White, featuring the wife of an executive. And perhaps this is the same person who finds herself right here, at a cabaret, in 'Over the piano', from the first of four volumes of cabaret songs by William Bolcom and Arnold Weinstein.

Two songs by the Russian-born composer Mischa Spoliansky take us back to Berlin, where Spoliansky studied at the same conservatory as Hollaender (but a little earlier) and, together with the writer Marcellus Schiffer, helped create twenties-style Berlin cabaret song. In 'Maskulinum – Femininum' our protagonist has new problems, and new solutions, while in 'It's all a swindle' she gives us some of the social criticism for which the cabaret stage was also a platform. But though we might think of Berlin cabaret as a phenomenon of the Weimar period, it was already going strong at the turn of the century, when composers for it included Arnold Schoenberg and his brother-in-law Alexander von Zemlinsky, whose weird 'Herr Bombardil' was one of a pair of cabaret songs.

Social criticism turns into outright political satire in Stefan Wolpe's astonishing singing cartoon of 1930, 'Hitler'. Three years later the man was in power, and Wolpe was one of many composers forced to leave Berlin, along with Zemlinsky, Spoliansky, Hollaender and Weill. They went in various directions, Weill ultimately to New York, which is where we find him again in, appropriately enough, 'I'm a stranger here myself' – though the song, from the 1943 show One Touch of Venus, for which Ogden Nash wrote the lyrics, returns us to cabaret's wary, weary familiarity with the pinball machine of love. There our singing traveller finds herself at a low point in 'At the last lousy moments of love', another number from the Bolcom/Weinstein books of cabaret songs.

Cabaret style, though, is essentially in the performance, and it can find its material in classical art song or pop, given a hint of sophistication to work on. Two songs from the former category come next, both to words by distinguished writers and both having to do with being alone. Paul Bowles set a letter he had received from Gertrude Stein in January 1932, when he was in hospital in Turin and she was urging him to return to Paris. 'Solitary hotel', from another Barber collection, Despite and Still (1968-9), takes a passage from Joyce's Ulysses into a slow tango.

Soon, however, the character before us is back in action. Philip Mayers's Bach-style accompaniment neatly offsets her readiness to 'Do it again', in a song Gershwin wrote with one of his regular lyricists of the time, Buddy DeSylva, for a 1922 Broadway show, The French Doll. 'Candy machine' – by Jack Gottlieb, who, like his near contemporary Bolcom, was part of the late-twentieth-century cabaret revival – amplifies that readiness outrageously, after which it would have to be 'Toothbrush time', and another song from Bolcom and Weinstein. The partners here seem at first to be winding down, but turn out to be winding up. But then, if cabaret is all about disillusionment, it is also all about ambiguity. Both figure in Charles Ives's joky 'Romanzo (di Central Park)', setting a 'love song' by the nineteenth-century poet and essayist Leigh Hunt in which all but the rhyme words have been left out.

It is getting late now, and the past is growing longer, to be recollected with whatever drained cocktail of fondness and melancholy in 'Three', where Paul Bowles this time sets words by Tennessee Williams. As to the future, perhaps it is already over for the one who is 'sitting here waiting' in 'Then', a song that Marc Blitzstein has rotating through the same grim harmonic progression. Or perhaps it is not.

What a party it was, though, as 'O close the curtain', a last song from Bolcom and Weinstein, reminds us. Then it's encore time: Noël Coward's indefatigable 'Mad dogs and Englishmen' (an encore for Mr Mayers, too). But still a question lingers and, in a ballad from Lionel Bart's Oliver!, finally dares to come forward.

© Paul Griffiths, 2011, all rights reserved.

CONTENTS

Diamonds Are Forever (John Barry, Don Black, 1971)
What Good Would The Moon Be? (Kurt Weill, Langston Hughes, 1947)
I Can't Be Talkin' Of Love (John Duke, Esther Mathews, 1950)
O Just Suppose (Friedrich Hollaender, 1928)
Poor Little Rich Girl (Noël Coward, 1925)
Promiscuity (Samuel Barber, Anonymous, tr. Kenneth Jackson, 1953)
Aria (Carl Vine, Patrick White, 1984)
Over The Piano (William Bolcom, Arnold Weinstein, 1971)
Maskulinum – Femininum (Mischa Spoliansky, Marcellus Schiffer, 1921-1924)
It's All A Swindle (Mischa Spoliansky, Marcellus Schiffer, 1931)
Herr Bombardil (Alexander Zemlinsky, Rudolf Alexander Schröder, 1901)
Hitler (Stefan Wolpe, 1930)
I'm A Stranger Here Myself (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash, 1943)
At The Last Lousy Moments Of Love (William Bolcom, Arnold Weinstein, 1997)
Letter To Freddy (Paul Bowles, Gertrude Stein, 1935)
Solitary Hotel (Samuel Barber, James Joyce, 1969)
Do It Again (George Gershwin, Buddy DeSylva, 1922)
Candy Machine (Jack Gottlieb, 1991)
Toothbrush Time (William Bolcom, Arnold Weinstein, 1985)
Romanzo (Di Central Park) (Charles Ives, Leigh Hunt, 1900)
Three (Paul Bowles, Tennessee Williams, 1947)
Then (Marc Blitzstein, 1962)
O Close The Curtain (William Bolcom, Arnold Weinstein, 1985)
Mad Dogs And Englishmen (Noël Coward, 1932)
Where Is Love? (Lionel Bart, 1959)


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Spin
Australian Solo Piano Works
Australian Music Centre cat. no. VAST029-2

Jeanell Carrigan, piano

Jeanell Carrigan studied in Australia, Germany and Switzerland and has been heralded as one of the most sensitive and dextrous pianists to have arrived on the Sydney scene for some time' (Sydney Morning Herald). She has recently completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts in music performance at the University of Wollongong, and is currently a member of staff at the Australian Institute of Music.

CONTENTS

Matthew Hindson Moments of Plastic Jubilation
Ross Edwards Three Australian Waltzes
Andrew Peachey Contrasting Scenes I & II
Lawrence Whiffin The Serious Clown
Bernadette Dowling Little Transformations
David Basden Spin
Cathie Travers Patient Zero
Stephen Cronin Fragments
Phillip Wilcher Consolation
Carl Vine Red Blues
Amanda Handel Tiny Flower
Paul Stanhope Three Little Piano Pieces
Wendy Hiscocks Rainforest Toccata
Ian Farr The Baby Under the Bridge
Eric Gross Jeanelligans
Robert Davidson Circumference

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Music details: Red Blues  
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Tensile Flame
Move Records cat. no. MD3286

Pianist Michael Kieran Harvey says of this recording: "My interest in the music of Liszt resulted in the first compact disc, originally released in 1991. The record traces the influence of the Liszt B minor Sonata on three early 20th Century composers: Rachmaninov, Ravel and Skryabin.

The second CD, first released in 1992, is a departure from the mainstream virtuoso repertoire, and reflects my interest in contemporary music. It features Australian composer Carl Vine's Piano Sonata (1990) and gives a perspective on Vine's individual style by including works seminal to his compositional processes, such as Elliott Carter's Piano Sonata (1946), Stravinsky's Three Pieces from Petrouchka (1921) and the Australian composer Graham Hair's Under Aldebaran (1986)."

CONTENTS

Disc One:
Ferencz (Franz) LisztSonata in B minor
Alexander SkriabinVers la Flamme
Sergey RakhmaninovEtudes Op 39 Nos 1-3
Maurice RavelGaspard de la nuit
 
Disc Two:
Igor StravinskyTrois movements de Petrouchka
Elliott CarterSonata
Graham HairUnder Aldebaran
Carl VinePiano Sonata 1990

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The Tempest
TSO
A dazzling new release in the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra's Australian Composer Series. Regarded as one of the world's finest small orchestras, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will release CDs devoted to Australian composers. This is an incredibly exciting project.

The TSO Australian Composer Series will manifest the richness of our musical creation, both past and present. These recordings will become an expression of possibility for present and future generations of composers and performers enabling the unique voices of our composers to be heard across the world.

CONTENTS

Smith's Alchemy
Suite from The Tempest
Canzona
Oboe Concerto


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Music details: Oboe Concerto   Prologue and Canzona   Smith's Alchemy   The Tempest (ballet)  
See also: Chamber Music   Concertos   Dance Music   Orchestral  
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Threnody
AMC cat. no. ASTRA CD-1

Michael Kieran Harvey (solo piano)

New works for solo piano including Vine's 'Five Bagatelles'

CONTENTS

Michael Kieran HarveyToccata DNA
Carl VineFive Bagatelles
Stuart CampbellQuaquaversal
John McCaugheyEight Preludes
Andrew ByrneWithin Stanzas
Keith HumbleEight Bagatelles
James AndersonReveria Im Neuen Stil
Michael Kieran HarveyAddict

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Music details: Five Bagatelles  
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Van Cliburn Piano Competition (12th)
Joyce Yang, Silver Medalist
Harmonia Mundi cat. no. HMU907405

First held in 1962, the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition has established itself as a joyous festival dedicated to the discovery and celebration of the world's finest young pianists. Every four years, the Van Cliburn Foundation offers the opportunity for a select group of outstanding musicians to showcase their talent while challenging themselves to reach new standards of artistic excellence.

"A brilliant pianist and a million-volt presence onstage" - Dallas Morning News

CONTENTS

Johann Sebastian Bach
Overture in the French style [Partita in B minor], BWV 831     19:23

Ouverture   6:49
Courante   1:01
Gavotte I & II   1:59
Passepied I & II   1:42
Sarabande   2:19
Bourree I & II   1:23
Gigue   1:11
Echo   2:56

Franz Liszt
Reminiscences de Don Juan     18:04

Carl Vine
Piano Sonata No.1   17:12

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in D major, K.492   2:20

Franz Liszt
Hungarian Rhapsody No.6   7:14

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Veiled Virtuosity
Amir Farid (Piano)
Move Records cat. no. MD3331

Winner of the 2006 Australian National Piano Award, pianist Amir Farid has been described as "a highly creative musician - a pianist of great intelligence and integrity. He brings strong musical substance to all that he does, imbuing it with his own particular experience and understanding", and who "in a well populated field...distinguishes himself for all the right reasons".

This is Amir's Debut CD.

CONTENTS

Javad Maroufi Golden Dreams
Johannes Brahms Rhapsody in B minor, Op 79, No 1
Franz Liszt Consolation No 3
Ludwig van Beethoven Sonata in C, Op 53 "Waldstein"
Javad Maroufi Prelude
Stuart Greenbaum Evocation
Sergei Prokofiev Toccata, Op 11
Carl Vine 5 Bagatelles

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Music details: Five Bagatelles  
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With Love and Fury
KIN Music
Katie Noonan, one of Australia’s most versatile and beloved vocalists, joins the UK’s perpetually intrepid Brodsky Quartet in a stunning new collaboration.

Inspired by the evocative poetry of Judith Wright, Noonan and the Brodsky Quartet perform specially commissioned works by Australian composers including Carl Vine, Elena Kats-Chernin, Richard Tognetti, Iain Grandage, Andrew Ford, David Hirschfelder, Paul Grabowsky, Paul Dean and John Rodgers. This is an exquisite, spine-tingling performance of world-class proportion, with a distinctly Australian voice.

CONTENTS

1. Late Spring (Elena Kats-Chernin)
2. To a Child (David Hirschfelder)
3. Sonnet for Christmas (Paul Dean)
4. After the Visitors (Andrew Ford)
5. The Surfer (Katie Noonan)
6. Night after Bushfire (Iain Grandage)
7. The Company of Lovers (Paul Grabowsky)
8. Failure of Communication (John Rodgers)
9. The Slope [a.k.a. Poets & Fighters] (Carl Vine)
10. Metho Drinker (Richard Tognetti)


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