This new disc from the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra showcases contemporary Australian Music for Mandolin and Guitar.
Composers include Peter Sculthorpe, Michelle Nelson, Robert Schultz, Caroline Szeto and Betty Beath.
"Thanks so much for sending me a copy of Brolga Dances. I'm really thrilled about my Little Suite for Strings. Michelle has done a truly beautiful arrangement of it - do tell her from me. I especially like the way that the strumming keeps the music moving. It doesn't even sound like an arrangement.
It's a terrific CD, with the music wonderfully conducted by Slava. The performances are just so rhythmic. Also, I like the variety in kinds of pieces and forces used. Certainly I hope it does really well. I congratulate the Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra and everybody who was a part of it."
"Well done to the orchestra on their interpretation of my piece; please tell them I was very pleasantly surprised. Please also congratulate Michelle on her fine work and arrangements, you are certainly lucky to have her in your ranks."
"Brolga Dances has arrived safely and has brought much pleasure. It was so good to hear such an expressive performance of Mikri Thalassa. There was a lovely sense of the rise and fall within the phrase. Conductor Slava Iourgaev understands the work and has drawn from the orchestra a response, though disciplined, has
the freedom to 'feel' out mood and emotion...so essential to the music."
The Melbourne Mandolin Orchestra was formed in 1967 by Peter Evans and Josef Ruecker. Their aim was ‘to develop and maintain a mandolin orchestra in Melbourne’. As well as performing regularly, the group organises summer schools, trips from overseas groups, trains new players, holds musical workshops & master classes, and commissions music.
1. Pacifica - Micehelle Nelson
2. Dances for the Mandoli and the Moon - Richard Charlton
3. Little Suite for Strings - Peter Sculthorpe
4. Outback - Robert Schulz
5. Brolga Dances - Michelle Nelson
6. Capricorn Light for Flute and Mandolin & Guitar Orchestra - Michelle Nelson
7. Mikri Thalassa - Betty Beath
8. Stringing - Caroline Szeto
Born in Launceston, Tasmania in 1929, Peter Sculthorpe is now one of Australia's best-known composers and a fine pianist. Recordings of Sculthorpe's orchestral works and music for strings have won a number of Australian Record Industry Awards (ARIA).