Works for String Orchestra
17 years after the release to wide critical acclaim of David Joseph’s album Selected Works Volume 2. Now, Works for String Orchestra presents previously un-released recordings gloriously remastered for this new album.
More than a walk down memory lane, these recordings present works that have not been previously released to the public and amply demonstrate Joseph’s evocative and vivid compositional style.
In 1990 David Joseph was introduced to Spiros Rantos who invited David to write a work for the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra for which Spiros was then the Musical Director. Spiros suggested Michael Kieran Harvey to be soloist in the proposed Chamber Concerto. This association with Michael resulted in two further works: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (1996) commissioned by the MSO, and a solo piano work Rhapsody (1998) written for the Albert H Maggs Award.
Written in 1991/92, the Chamber Concerto is comprised of three movements, performed here by the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, Spiros Rantos (conductor), and Michael Kieran Harvey (piano) which is the opening piece on the album. It is followed by Scheherazade written for the Zagreb Soloists at the invitation of the Zagreb International Music Biennale in 1999, and Dialogues (1992) for solo Violin and Strings, written at the invitation of Urs Walker for the Ripieno Kammerorchester of Winterthur in Switzerland.
Melbourne Chamber Orchestra remains the heart of chamber music in Australia’s chamber music capital. Bringing together our city’s finest chamber musicians in one ensemble, MCO captivates audiences with its world-class artistry, commitment to excellence and passionate performances.
Australian pianist and composer, Dr Michael Kieran Harvey FAHA, is one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music of his generation. A champion of Australian music and himself a composer, he regularly commissions new Australian music and has performed with Australia's leading contemporary music ensembles and orchestras.
Spiros Rantos was the founder, artistic director and conductor of the Rantos Collegium and the Melbourne Chamber Orchestra, and has taught at the Victorian College of the Arts, the University of Southern Queensland and University of Melbourne from 1996 to 2009 he was senior Lecturer at UQ School of Music.
The Zagreb Soloists (Croatian: Zagrebaki solisti) is a chamber orchestra founded in Zagreb, Croatia, in 1953 through the auspices of Zagreb Radiotelevision, under the artistic leadership of the Italian cellist and conductor, Antonio Janigro.
Ripieno Kammerorchester is a performing arts organization based in Zurich.
Violinist Urs Walker won first prize at the Expo music competition in Lausanne and first prize at the Jecklin chamber music competition in Zurich in 1970. He studied with Ottavio Corti and Nicolas Chumachenko and took part in master classes with Leonid Kogan, Arthur Grumiaux and Nathan Milstein, among others.
Howard Griffiths was born in England. He first studied at the Royal College of Music in London and later with Eric Schmid and Léon Barzin in Paris.
- Melbourne Chamber Orchestra · ensemble · tracks 1 and 2
- Michael Kieran Harvey · piano · tracks 1 and 2
- Spiros Rantos · conductor · tracks 1 and 2
- Zagreb Soloists · ensemble · track 3
- Ripieno Kammerorchester · ensemble · track 4
- Urs Walker · violin · track 4
- Howard Griffiths · conductor · track 4
Born in Melbourne in 1954, David Joseph showed no early musical aptitude. Early childhood musical influences, however, came from Russian music - Peter and the Wolf by Prokofiev, the Red Army choir, Russian folk music and art. These influences remained all through life, and engendered a great love of Russian schools, especially Stravinsky, Borodin, Rachmaninov and the like.
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