Emerging Brisbane-based ensemble Collusion has produced a disc of inspiration, imagery and energy in their first release for Move Records, In Depth. An enticing melting pot of influences, In Depth is comprised entirely of music written in the last twenty years.
Jewish klezmer music, disco back-beats and the exoticism of Arabia and far away lands sit comfortably beside works inspired by minimalism and dance, unified by the fresh approach of this young group and the vital conviction of their intentions.
Perhaps of most interest in terms of the repertoire chosen is the group's commitment to supporting Australian, and up-and-coming young Australian, composers. Four such works on In Depth have been recorded for the first time for commercial release. A very polished and almost cinematic work, Chamber Concertino, by young composer Steven Baker shows great promise, as does Tom Adeney's setting of the Danish text Sommer I Gurre.
Paul Stanhope's Sea Chronicles for soprano and string quartet is a simply stunning work and a welcome addition to the recorded repertoire. Stanhope describes the performance as a "beautifully-shaped interpretation of my Sea Chronicles. Collusion perform with precision, verve and great aplomb." Similarly, Gerard Brophy's quirky Sheer Nylon Dances, complete with grand piano enhanced with rubber window stoppers, is a real treat. Brophy was "particularly delighted with this superb performance".
Certainly a group to follow, Collusion is a four-piece contemporary classical music ensemble formed in late 2002, comprised of young, vibrant and imaginative artists Benjamin Greaves (violin), Therese Milanovic (piano), Shannon Tobin (cello) and Stephen Wylks (clarinet).
“Collusion demonstrates a great empathy with the living tradition of chamber music in this country, and their enterprise in making this disc is to be applauded.”
— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide
“The instrumental playing and recorded sound are excellent”
— John Barns, 3MBS FM Libretto
“The ensemble performance throughout is impeccable as is the sound quality”
— Laura Mathison, 4MBS Program Guide
- i. Overture / The Rabbi 2:42
- ii. Wedding Song 3:13
- iii. Pantomime / Bread Song 3:53
- iv. Who Knows One? / Mazal Tov 4:54
- i. 4:00
- ii. 3:51
- iii. 5:11
- iv. 3:24
- v. 2:17
- Disco Toccata Guillaume Connesson 1:57
- i. Prelude 2:44
- ii. Scherzo 3:20
- iii. Elegy 8:02
- Sommer i Gurre Tom Adeney 7:02
- i. cakewalk avec carillons lointains 2:54
- ii. violes tunisiennes 3:44
- iii. la gymnopedie engloutie 4:16
- iv. danse d'extase 2:33
Divertimento from 'Gimpel the Fool' David Schiff
Sea Chronicles: five songs for soprano & string quartet Paul Stanhope
Chamber Concertino Steven Baker
Sheer Nylon Dances: for violin, violoncello & fetishised piano Gerard Brophy
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.
Where to buy
This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia including Readings.
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Total playing time
- 69 minutes 57 seconds
- Paul Draper
- Dave Neil
- IMERSD Recording Studios
- Thanks to
- Griffith University
- Release date
- © 2005 Collusion
- ℗ 2006 Move Records
- Australian, Classical
- Catalogue number
- MD 3310
- EAN 9314574331028