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Voices

Roger Smalley (piano)

$23   (Australian dollars)

   

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An outstanding composer, Smalley is also an outstanding pianist. This is a personal collection bringing most of these wonderful works to CD for the first time.
CONTENTS

Margaret SutherlandVoices I
Ross EdwardsKumari
Ross EdwardsMonos II
Anne BoydAngklung
Michael HannanResonances I:

I Celestial Ground
II Earth Song
III Perpetual Inversion
David LumsdaineRuhe Sanfte, sanfte ruh'
Roger SmalleyPiano Pieces I-V

REVIEWS

…the whole recital is characterised by leanness and quietness, suited to Smalley's pensive pianism.
Lyle Chan
Soundscapes April-May 1996


…Roger Smalley is a composer who plays the piano… this is first-rate playing…it concentrates on important Australian works of the 1960s and 1970s. The title Voices. is taken from a gritty little piece by Margaret Sutherland that adds to the picture of this composer as the country's most neglected major figure (when will the situation be rectified?).… the piece [David Lumsdaine's Ruhe sanfte, sanfte ruh'] is a meditation on the final chorus of Bach's St Matthew Passion, and Smalley's performance of it is little short of magisterial: virtuosic when required to be, Smalley lingers over the opening chords of the Bach which also open Lumsdaine's work, reappearing as a tugging ritornello throughout the elaborate 19-minute movement. In Smalley's performance, it's as though the spirit of Bach were hovering over the piece.… Voices is one of the best compilations of Australian music I can think of. It doesn't, perhaps, summarise the current state of the art, but it certainly encapsulates the trends and tendencies (and some of the very best pieces) that immediately predate today's musical tastes.
Andrew Ford
24 Hours June 1996


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