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Recent Releases
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TP900 - TEN
Chopin Etudes Op 10
David Stanhope (piano)
Making a welcome return to the keyboard, David Stanhope tackles some of the most technically fiendish repertoire in the piano literature - the Godowsky Studies on Chopin's Etudes Op. 10. Written to demonstrate hitherto undiscovered technical possibilities in playing the piano, these works are astounding for their time and remain exciting to the modern listener. They will always be exciting for the performer. In particular, the left-hand Studies of Godowsky chart new territory, so the whole set of works was filmed throughout the recording sessions, and these are available now on DVD. Stanhope proves it is possible to play these works as written, without any technical cheating! He introduces each set of works engagingly and discusses the unique pianism of the music.
TP241 - Amatorios Rebecca MacCallion (soprano), Bradley Kunda (guitar)
Soprano Rebecca MacCallion joins Guitar Trek's Bradley Kunda to celebrate the combined beauty of the voice and the guitar. The two made their ensemble debut in ABC Classic FM's Sunday Live series, and have since been invited to share their unique programs with audiences across Australia, Spain, Montenegro and Italy. Together, they are rejuvenating the repertoire for guitar and voice with significant new arrangements and compositions.
TP240 - The Prospect and Blower of Bliss Merlyn Quaife & Judith Dodsworth (sopranos)
The Prospect and Bower of Bliss presents two song settings by Australian composer Johanna Selleck of poetry by the English poet and dramatist Aphra Behn (1640-1689) and Melbourne-born poet Graeme Ellis (1944-). Although separated by time and geography, the different styles of Behn's and Ellis's poetry are nevertheless linked by the vividness with which they both portray matters closest to the heart and create a sense of immediacy, emotional depth, and connection with nature. These themes are integral to Selleck's personal compositional style and are reflected in her settings of the poems.
TP239 - Mass of the Dreaming
Australian Sacred Choral Music
Brisbane Chamber Choir, Graeme Morton director
It is truly amazing that we've waited until 2016 for an Australian choir to record a CD of Australian sacred choral music. Yes, this is the first, and it's well worth the wait. A lot of this music was commissioned by the choir. Specially mention must be made of Ross Edwards' Mass of the Dreaming, a substantial work that will definitely be included among the pantheon of Australian choral works in the future. It's the largest work on this disc and one of the most engaging.
TP238 - Joseph Haydn: Complete Keyboard Sonatas Vol 4 Geoffrey Lancaster (fortepiano)
Tall Poppies and fortepianist Geoffrey Lancaster continue to journey through Joseph Haydn's complete keyboard sonatas. Lancaster presented the complete cycle of 52 sonatas in concert in Melbourne, Perth and Canberra to mark the Haydn Bicentenary in 2009, and has been recording the works using period instruments from public and private Australian collections. He is currently Professor of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, Edith Cowan University.
TP237 - Midnight Songs THREE
Hailed as 'an ensemble that plays with great musicality' (Alan Holley, classikON.com) Three seeks to establish new, cutting-edge chamber music with a special focus on presenting performances that resonate with current-day audiences. Founded by three musicians unified in a goal to diversify and expand the chamber music repertoire for their instruments, each member brings a distinctive musical background to the group, with influences including world music, jazz, popular music, traditional 'classical' music, and avant-garde contemporary music.
TP236 - Kingfisher
Songs for Halcyon
Alison Morgan (soprano)
Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano)
This CD is the result of a daring project to commission 21 composers to write new works for Halcyon's two singers, Jenny Duck-Chong and Alison Morgan. Presented over 2 concerts in their 15th anniversary year, and then recorded at Trackdown, the works are now available to all. The music, commissioned from some of Australia's finest composers (all of whom have had involvement with Halcyon), is varied and intriguing and functions as a snapshot of recent Australian composition.
TP235 - Song Offerings Julian Gavin (tenor)
May Gavin (piano)
The family of Val Gavin (1935-2003) migrated to Australia from the UK in 1950. Val was offered a place at the Sydney Conservatorium but left due to her family's financial strictures. She wrote many song cycles and an opera, as well as a great deal of orchestral and instrumental music. Having been spurned by music publishers she gave up composing and devoted herself to teaching and performing with her daughter May, as Duo Gavin, for 15 years. Her music is not cutting-edge in its modernity, but is always charming and beautifully written.
TP234 - History Goes Everywhere AustraLYSIS Electroband
AustraLYSIS Electroband occupies a special place in Australian music. Formed 25 years ago in 1990 by Roger Dean, this trio has carved out a unique territory in pitting acoustic instruments against computer-generated material in live performance. Adventurous improvisation is a major feature of the music. Roger Dean is a well-known pianist and improviser, who also composes most of the music performed by the ensemble. Sandy Evans is one of Australia's great jazz saxophonists, whose musical interests range very widely indeed, from standard jazz to free improvisation to Indian music. Greg White is known for his breadth of approach with computer-generated sounds and atmospheres. Hazel Smith is a poet who contributes text and speaking where required.


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