Throughout its history, the piano has been a focal point for innovation. The virtuoso pianists of the 19th century expanded the boundaries of what was thought possible with two hands on a keyboard, a process stimulated by the rapidly-increasing technological advances of the piano. Although the piano itself became largely standardised by the beginning of the 20th century, the innovation of new techniques never ceased, and composers and performers began to gradually discover the new sounds and colours that could be accessed by moving beyond the keyboard.
A collection of Michael Kieran Harvey’s compositions from 2007-2013 ranging in mood from the relatively serious to cheerful pastiche. Harvey is joined by the very brightest young instrumentalists Australia has to offer.
While the past decade has seen recordings of Elisabeth Lutyens’ chamber and choral works released to critical acclaim, her piano music has remained obscure. Pianist Arabella Teniswood-Harvey has carefully researched and here presents Lutyens' neglected piano repertoire.
This CD is a collection of some of the most extraordinary musical improvisations ever recorded. Composer, pianist, champion of new music, Keith Humble, and amazing American double bass player Bertram Turetzky recorded this set in 1986.
This collection of pieces includes old and new standards, originals, music written for film, and three pieces composed totally spontaneously at the keyboard.
A unique experiment by Stephen Emmerson. This 2 CD presents the same repertoire but with contrasting styles of mixing and sound production, from traditional to modern.
A musical homage to the life and work of Frank Zappa, composed and performed by Michael Kieran Harvey, and complemented by Lingua Franka - concrete poetry by Arjun von Caemmerer.
Ian Holtham, Piano. The genesis of this recording was to assemble a number of the composer's most attractive and original works as a mark of homage to one of the most outstandingly innovative and important composers for the piano who has ever lived.
Gordon Atkinson plays seven of Melbourne's finest organs, including the giant organ in the Melbourne Town Hall, the organs of St. Patrick's Cathedral, The Scots' Church, St. Paul's Cathedral and St. Mary's Star of the Sea church, West Melbourne.
The debut solo CD of 2006 Australian National Piano Award winning pianist Amir Farid. Features the works of Liszt, Brahms, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Greenbaum, Vine and Maroufi.
Australian piano music by Gifford, Gould, Ford, Yu and Michael Kieran Harvey. Elektra is an experiment in extending acoustic piano sound via computer, and was a collaboration with sound engineer Michael Hewes, who surfed the piano resonances in real time.
The works that appear on this 2-CD set are the result of research and performance into a particular era of Russian music. Although the musical distance between the Rubinstein Op.88 Variations and the other later Russian works is often vast, the chronological time is actually fairly short.
"The hottest, hippest harpsichord in the world today" said one critic of the best selling Bizarre or baRock. Melbourne harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson has returned to the studio for the long awaited sequel.
Michael Kieran Harvey performs Larry Sitsky's epic piano work. Dimensions of Night draws on ancient legend, myth and spiritual history. The epic employs a series of chords to underpin the sequence of harmonies throughout the whole cycle.
Michael Kieran Harvey plays new music for keyboard. Featuring the works of Graham Hair, Douglas Knehans, Martin Friedel, Richard Meale and Hilda Paredes.
This instalment of the Michael Kieran Harvey Collection features the piano music of Kanako Okamoto. The album features two pieces written for Harvey, Petite Suite and Suite in addition to the title track, Crystal Vision, which served as Harvey's introduction to Okamoto's work.
Broadway Boogie is a collection of new music for piano featuring works by Nigel Westlake, Andrew Ford, Andrew Byrne, Mark Pollard and Michael Kieran Harvey. It won the best classical CD of 2008 in Melbourne's Herald-Sun.
Played by Michael Kieran Harvey. The pieces themselves are quite eclectic, a result of a wide range of influences, including arrangements/adaptations of established pieces as well as music specifically written for this collection.
In Memoriam features John Lewis' piece of the same name in a 4 hand version. Also included is the Suite for two pianos by Martial Solal and several other tracks including, Prologue, Skating in Central Park, Skyline, Under Capricorn, Poinciana, Milano and Epilogue.
Written by Larry Sitsky in 2004, The way of the seeker is a highly virtuosic piano work played by Michael Kieran Harvey. It is is based on thematic material derived from fragments of oriental chant.
Michael Kieran Harvey, piano. Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992) and Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) were two of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. Both were remarkable in that they discovered their own unique and distinctive creative voice when they were in their teens.
This very special disc from Australia's best known harpsichord virtuoso, Elizabeth Anderson, and her son, boy soprano, Jacob Lawrence features the much loved Anna Magdalena notebook including many well known tracks such as the timeless 'Bist du bei mir'.
Virtuoso pianist Michael Kieran Harvey's dazzling pianistic pyrotechnics are displayed to the full in this amazing live performance recorded in Hobart in April 2005. Each of the 13 pieces in the Catalogue d'oiseaux (Catalogue of birds) explores the calls and environment of a single bird species.
Piano works by some of Australia's and China's most outstanding contemporary composers, played by Gabriella Smart. Interpretations of works by Erik Griswold, Tan Dun, Alvin Curran, Jia Daqun, Michael Nyman and more.
15 historic organs in the Ballarat region can be heard on this CD released to coincide with the 2005 festival. There is a fully illustrated 16 page booklet which surveys the organ builders, churches and their organs, the music, and the performers.
A very special disc, featuring Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, Liszt's 'Two Legends' and Debussy's less commonly played 'Masques', 'd'un cahier d'esquisses' as well as the well known 'L'isle joyeuse'.
Michael Kieran Harvey is one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music of his generation. This recording presents some of Australia's cutting edge piano music - bold and experimental, but also increasingly lyrical, was nominated for a 2005 ARIA award.
Michael Kieran Harvey, piano. The first disc traces the influence of the Liszt B minor Sonata on three early 20th Century composers: Rachmaninov, Ravel and Skryabin. The second features contemporary music by Australian composer Carl Vine.
Having successfully tackled the complete etudes of Chopin, Ian Holtham turned his attention to the composer's complete ballades and scherzi, undoubtedly amongst his most individual and characteristic works.
On the second volume of his Beethoven piano sonatas, Ronald Farren-Price tackles the famous Pathetique Sonata, the G Major Sonata (Op. 14 No. 2), two Rondos and the beautiful late period A flat sonata, Op. 110.
Enjoy the spectacular sound of organ and carillon as you've never heard them before! Recorded at the University of Sydney, this new CD features the talents of organist Amy Johansen and master carilloneur Jill Forrest.
On this, his first CD for Move Records, Nagorcka is joined by his long-time collaborator, the Melbourne-based pianist, educator and co-composer Robert Williams.
Move's ARIA-nominated jazz duo again returns to the studio for their long awaited new album! This recording goes much further in terms of repertoire, and consequently extends the level of energy on the spirited pieces, and the level of expression on the gentler ones.
You may have been fortunate enough to hear pianist Ronald Farren-Price performing Beethoven in past years. Over seven years in the making, Farren-Price has finally completed his long-awaited recording of selected, much-loved Beethoven piano works. This is the first album in the two volume set.
Having already tackled the likes of Liszt, Chopin and Godowsky, Ian Holtham continues his exploration of the virtuoso piano repertoire with this new CD for Move.
John Grant, frustrated in love, shot a London lawyer in the buttock and was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey. Granted a reprieve, he arrived at Sydney Cove in 1804, bringing with him Australia's first harpsichord. But what music did he play? Harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson answers the question.
Recorded in Melba Hall, this world premiere recording finds Melbourne pianist Ian Holtham performing a brilliant cross-section of Australian contemporary piano works, including those by Brenton Broadstock, Linda Kouvaras, Stephen Ingham, Stuart Greenbaum, Johanna Selleck and Christine McCombe.
In his debut CD for Move Records, Stephen McIntyre presents a beautiful collection of well-known impressionist piano favourites by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Erik Satie. Includes the famous "Children's Corner Suite" and "Gaspard de la Nuit".
These works for piano by Linda Kouvaras were written in response to specific locations - as a reflection on the lived experience of three distinctly different sites.
Sonny Chua performs a thrilling selection of his popular works, including the Sonatina, the subversively charming Assorted Fairies and Theme and 12 Deviations - a wickedly hilarious and dazzling set of 'variations-to-end-all-variations' on Chopsticks.
Adrian Tien takes the Australia's National Carillon in Canberra through its paces with a beautifully varied programme including Bach, Gershwin, and music from today's finest carillon composers.
Jazz pianist Tony Gould joins with one of the most talented guitarists/composers in Australia, Peter Petrucci, and together they play a mix of original pieces and standard repertoire.
Ian Holtham's acclaimed recital showcases works by the great, enigmatic, and quintessentially romantic pianist and composer, Franz Liszt. This album includes Holtham's masterful interpretation of Liszt's Sonata in B minor.
"This first CD - the first, we plead, of many - stamps her as one of the coming big names of world pianism." (Kim Lockwood, Herald Sun) Rita's impeccable connections with Chopin give her playing and interpretation an uncommon integrity and authority.
In Pictures, Ian Holtham leads the listener through a showcase of Romantic piano masterpieces, including Mussorgsky's 'Pictures at an Exhibition' and Schumann's 'Carnaval'.
Acclaimed harpsichordist Jacqueline Ogeil performs a selection of rarely heard Buxtehude harpsichord pieces. Most of Buxtehude's harpsichord works were only found in the 20th century. They are light and entertaining pieces of a secular nature.
Acclaimed pianist Ian Holtham commemorates the 100th anniversary of the death of Brahms and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Schubert. Holtham demonstrates the diversity in Brahms' work and showcases Schubert's gift for thematic extrapolation with the pieces presented.
Igor and Olga Piano Duo take the listener on a first-class musical journey, with their debut CD Bon Voyage, featuring inspirational piano duo pieces from around the world.
A program of original compositions for carillon, as well as transcriptions and arrangements with an Australian connection.
Elizabeth Anderson explores harpsichord music across four centuries: ranging from Conceição's raw 17th century battle piece, through traditional Baroque repertoire, to Jazz, Blues, Gershwin and the Beatles accompanied by drums and bass. Weird, wild, wacky and wonderful - you've never heard the harpsichord like this!
Some of the best captured live in concert! This CD of well-known and much loved jazz pieces features the acclaimed jazz pianist Tony Gould and one of Australia's greatest saxophonists, Graeme Lyall.
Robert Lloyd's brightly coloured dances for keyboards and percussion are an exciting synthesis of shimmerring vibraphones and marimbas, melodic drumming and percussive pianos weaving together to create a genuine cross-cultural intercourse of American minimalist and Balinese gamelan music.
Composer and keyboardist Linda Ceff presents an album of past and present inspirations juxtaposed against her own fascinating contemporary compositions.
With Ian Holtham as your guide, 'Imo Pectore' – 'music from the inner most recesses of the heart' highlights the remarkable genius of four great composers, Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann and Rachmaninov.
Rare opportunity to hear the entire 'Goldberg Variations' with all repeats plus the '14 canons' on the Goldbergs and the 'Italian Concerto'.
An eminently listenable collection of piano pieces written for four and six hands. An exciting, romantic, all stops out tour-de-force!
Ronald Farren-Price encores his hugely popular "Reflections" CD with this recital of music ranging from the sublime beauty of a Beethoven Adagio to the thundering splendour of Prokofiev's "Toccata".
A truly unique experience: two grand pianos together on one disc. Bob Sedergreen and Tony Gould, two great Australian jazz improvisation artists.
With a virtuosity that has become the hallmark of his performing career, Farren-Price pays tribute to the creative genius of Frederic Chopin in this carefully selected program.
The definition of the word "chronicle" — put briefly "a record of events" — aptly fits the content of this recording. Chronicle forms an inspiring record of musical events in the life of Tony Gould, one of Australia's most creative musicians and composers.
Ian Holtham, piano. Featuring Chopin's 'Twenty-Four Études Op. 10 & Op. 25', perfect examples of their genre, wonderfully innovative in their textures and uncompromisingly challenging in their technical difficulties.
Harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson recreates a concert from the Salons of Paris. This CD features a collection of grand and lively harpsichord 'character pieces' by composers Forqueray, Duphly and Ballbastre brought to life through Anderson's deft and accomplished playing.
The sensitive and imaginative piano of Tony Gould combines with Brian Brown's passionate flute, haunting pan pipes and saxophone. Some themes were composed especially for the duo, others are the result of spontaneous improvisation.
Flamboyant Spanish harpsichord music performed by harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson; with Douglas Lawrence, organ.
A valuable collection of Australian compositions for piano, by some of Australia's most respected and inventive composers and performed by pianist- composer, Larry Sitsky.
30 years of piano music by Peter Sculthorpe, one of Australia's finest composers. With exemplary performances by The Team of Pianists, Michael Hannan and Sculthorpe himself.
Some of Australia's finest players of spontaneous, improvised music display their remarkable talents on this disc compiled from two previously released LPs. Conducted by John Sangster.
Judith Lambden performs Bach's French Suites on piano. This is a two CD set for the price of one CD.
Melbourne composer and pianist Ken Herrera's music brings together an extraordinary variety of influences, ranging from the most savage flamenco to the most delicate French impressionism, from the subtleties of Middle Eastern and North African improvisation to the impassioned playing of John Coltrane and McCoy Tyner.
Brilliant young pianist, Keven Suherman presents a truly awe-inspiring recital of Liszt, Beethoven and Schumann on the new Schimmel Konzert 280 piano.
John Tallis was born in Australia at the end of the golden era before the world was ripped apart by the horrors of the First World War; his music reflects the optimism of the much vaunted, if unfulfilled, Second Elizabethan Age.
Presented by Australia's renowned Team of Pianists, New Norcia: A Spanish Rhapsody reflects the blending of Spanish and Australian cultures, both in the New Norcia community and in the selection of works on the disc.
Judith Lambden performs Bach's English Suites on piano.
Renowned Organist and Concert Pianist, Anthony Halliday performs a varied recital on this charming and historic instrument. The program ranges from the grand organ works of J.S. Bach to Halliday's own transcription of the finale from Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
For over 120 years, Schimmel pianos have brought joy to the hearts of pianists and music enthusiasts alike. Young pianist Kevin Suherman plays a recital of well loved music to showcase the Schimmel Konzert 213 piano.
A collection of Impromptus, Fantasies and Impressions for piano solo, played by Brian Chapman. Although only two of the pieces presented in this collection carry the title Impromptu, many of the other works possess an improvisatory quality.
Piano transcriptions as you have never heard them before. This disc by Australian pianist-composer Cameron Roberts is a tour-de-force of piano virtuosity and originality.
Extraordinarily popular with children, especially to accompany activities such as rollerblading and skateboarding, these light musical classics are performed live by former circus musician and well known Sydney organist Peter Carroll-Held.
Here is a stunning variety of music and styles, starting with the demanding Brahms variations on a theme by Handel, a work of great musical and technical challenges — and both Matthew Kam and the Schimmel piano live up to all expectations.
Organ duo, Rhys Boak and Ryoko Mori, team up to celebrate the 100th birthday of a very special Australian organ.
In recent years Cameron Roberts has enjoyed growing success as one of Australia's finest young artists. In this his debut CD, Cameron brings us an all Bach recital.
Music by Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Sain-Saens, Schumann, Gottschalk and Vine to demonstrate the new Schimmel K 256 concert grand.
These ever popular concertos by Handel are presented in Handel's own arrangements for organ only. Heard here on the historic George Fincham organ in the Richmond Uniting Church.
Sparkling Keys celebrates the successful creative partnership of the National Trust and the Team of Pianists. Over the past decade this has produced the popular winter series Twighlight Chamber music at Rippon Lea, plus concerts at other Trust properties including Como, Labassa, Illawarra and Barwon Park.
The New Monash Orchestra, under the direction of Andre de Quadros, joins pianist Yuri Rozum, the Monash Women's Choir and VIVE VOCE in an exciting all-Russian program featuring Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto and the rarely heard Song of the Forests by Shostakovich - his first major work for choir and orchestra.
An exhilirating performance of Rachmaninov's "Paganini Rhapsody" and Beethoven's Seventh by the Moscow State RTV Symphony Orchestra, recorded live in Moscow Radio Hall in December 1998.
Conducted by André de Quadros, the New Monash Orchestra presents an exciting programme of Shostakovich, Mahler and Beethoven recorded live at the Robert Blackwood Hall.
'Worlds Apart' features works for piano duet, two and three pianos from both ends of the globe. Includes the first Australian recording of the Bruch 'Concerto for two pianos and orchestra'.
A beautiful CD paying homage to the works of Brahms.
Works by Mozart for piano and violin, two pianos, piano duet, and piano solo performed by members of The Team of Pianists.
The Team of Pianists present a programme of excellent piano works for solo, duo and two pianos.
The Team of Pianists has achieved acclaim throughout Europe and Australia for their vitality and freshness in technique. Features solo, duo and two piano works Haydn, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms and Sculthorpe.