A Sympathetic Resonance
Peter Constant plays classical guitar music by Australian composers. With Marion Schaap (guitar), Mardi McSullea (flute) and Helen Noonan (soprano).
Much has been said about the explosion of activity in every aspect of the classical guitar in this country over the last decade — this CD is a sampling of a wide range of Australian guitar music put together by an Australian on an Australian made instrument.
Borrowing its title from Mark Pollard's beautiful work 'A Sympathetic Resonance', acclaimed guitarist Peter Constant has compiled a personal view of the guitar presented through music by Australian composers with whom he has enjoyed some kind of (sympathetic) working relationship.
All of the works were written with the guitar's unique voice very much in mind. Many of the pieces make full use of the instruments natural resonances and all of the music explores colourisitc or contextual characteristics peculiar to the guitar. Some of the pieces were inspired by the guitar itself such as Pluck it! by Gerard Brophy. Some were inspired by the music of past composers such as Richard Charlton's 'Valses Melodique' and Donald Hollier's 'Prelude, Book 1, #3'. And some were inspired by the Australian landscape and heritage including Phillip Houghton's 'Rain', 'Wildflower ' and Mark Pollard's "Matilda's Song" from 'Matilda's Dream' for guitar, flute (Mardi McSullea) and soprano (Helen Noonan). Also includes a piece entitled 'Prelude No. 1' by Richard Vella and a piece for guitar duo by Mark Viggiani, entitled Black Cat Tango, which Peter performs on this CD with his Z.O.O. Duo partner (and wife), Marion Schaap.
Peter Constant is one of the new breed of fine young guitarists this country has produced in recent years, with a solo performing career extending to Italy, America and Holland as well as to capital cities and regional centres of this country. He performs as half of the Z.O.O. Duo - a guitar duo with Marion Schaap. He is a founding member of Guitar Trek - a four person guitar troupe "trekking" all over Australia, Asia and U.S.A. to perform. They recently returned from a tour for Musica Viva, which saw them play in Tasmania, Queensland, NSW, Adelaide, Perth and the Northern Territory. Peter has recorded five CDs, including four on the Move label; and is Head of Guitar at the Victorian College of the Arts.
Peter is one of the new breed of fine young guitarists this country has produced in recent years, with a solo performing career extending to Italy, America and Holland as well as to capital cities and regional centres of this country.
“something that is far from the ordinary ... Australian composers can boast of a highly effective interpreter in Peter Constant ... he is totally in command of the material. His playing displays a comprehensive palette of expression and color ...”
— James Reid, Guitar Foundation of America
- Rain Phillip Houghton
- Just a moment Mark Pollard
- One sweet moment Mark Pollard
- In the heat of the moment Mark Pollard
- Guitar prelude #1 Richard Vella
- Wildflower Phillip Houghton
- Pluck it! Gerard Brophy
- Waltz one
- Waltz two
- Waltz three
- Waltz four
- Black Cat Tango Mark Viggiani
- 12 preludes for guitar #3 in G (homage to Chopin) Donald Hollier
- Matilda's Song Mark Pollard
- A Sympathetic Resonance Mark Pollard
Valses Melodique Richard Charlton
- Peter Constant · guitar
- Marion Schaap · guitar · track 12
- Mardi McSullea · flute · track 14
- Helen Noonan · soprano · track 14
Phillip Houghton's guitar music has been performed and recorded by leading musicians, including John Williams and Timothy Kain, who recently recorded his Three Duets. Some 20 of his guitar solos, published by Moonstone Music, are on the national music syllabus (AMEB) and is also represented in the new Benjamin Verdery Guitar Series for Frederick Harris Publishers.
Currently teaching composition at the Victorian College of the Arts, Mark Pollard completed a Masters degree at La Trobe University and has been awarded several prizes.
Gerard Brophy is a contemporary Australian composer. His music has been performed at all the major festivals including the Gaudeamus Music Week, Warsaw Autumn, Nuove Consonanza, Nuovi Spazi Musicali and the Zagreeb Biennale.
Mark Viggiani is a classical and contemporary guitarist and composer. He performs widely as a soloist and in various groups. His elegantly titled compositions, inspired by nature and spirituality have been performed by various groups, including Z.O.O. Duo and new music ensemble Sonance.
Born in Sydney, Donald Hollier studied piano at the NSW State Conservatorium of Music. He spent much of his life working with choirs, and his many appointments in this field include conductor of the Canberra Choral Society in 1976, and Musical Director of Canberra Opera.