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.
A champion of Australian music and himself a composer, he regularly commissions new Australian music and has performed Australian music with Australia's leading contemporary music ensembles and orchestras.
"I have developed close relationships with all the composers involved over the years. They represent an exciting younger generation of Australian composers. All are developing ways to address the question of fine art music and technology and acoustic instruments in this new century. They display an irresistable energy which in performance is communicated to a broad range of ages." - Michael Kieran Harvey
Michael Kieran Harvey 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.
“In years to come, the current era may well be seen as a golden age for Australian piano composition .. For sheer virtuosity, and for bringing out the best in an entire generation of Australian composers, there are few who can match Harvey.”
— Martin Buzacott, Limelight
“Cultural cringe should turn to awe after hearing this selection...It's a collection that shows off, but why shouldn't it? Both the performer and composers deserve to”
— Jodie McLeod, Sydney Morning Herald
“Harvey's playing displays a mature beauty, both ragged and sublime, as these works are brought wonderfully to life. A superb Australian recording. Highly recommended.”
— Dean Merlino, Readings Books & Music
- Fast 5:31
- Slow 5:37
- Very fast 3:54
- Allegro moderato ma con fuoco 5:04
- Adagio 5:17
- Turbulent 2:50
- Tempo di marcia moderato 3:18
- Cantabile 3:05
- Boulders 2:18
- Widening ripples 3:14
- Dynamic 2:56
- Still 4:07
- Quick 6:05
- Still 6:09
- Pink Nautilus Michael Kieran Harvey 3:23
- Rash Carl Vine 3:11
- Rabid Bay Kate Neal 9:49
Piano Sonata No. 1 Nigel Westlake
Sonata for Piano, Mechanical Mirrors Lawrence Whiffin
The Promise of Water Kate Tempany
Negra I for piano solo Tim Dargaville
- Michael Kieran Harvey · piano
- Belinda Woods · flute · track 17
- Martin Mackerras · clarinet · track 17
- Ben Carr · alto saxophone · track 17
- Phil Bywater · tenor saxophone · track 17
- Adam Simmons · baritone saxophone · track 17
- David Melgaard · trumpet · track 17
- Cate Waugh · horn 1 · track 17
- Dominic Harvey · horn 2 · track 17
- Eric Budd · trombone 1 · track 17
- John Gluyas · trombone 2 · track 17
- Timothy Phillips · conductor · track 17
- Carl Vine · backing · track 16
Westlake has played in fusion bands, soundtrack recording sessions, Australia's leading instrumental groups and as a soloist with orchestras and classical ensembles in Australia and in many cities of the world including London, Paris, Berlin, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Vancouver, Washington, Moscow, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Beijing, New Delhi, Wellington and New York.
Lawrence Whiffin was born in Melbourne in 1930, and passed away in November 2012. He spent much of his life abroad. In 1976 Whiffin was appointed Senior Tutor at the Music Department of La Trobe University. This position entailed the teaching of harmony, counterpoint, analysis, form and fugue, and gave him the chance to compose more concert music.
Carl Vine first came to prominence in Australia as a composer of music for dance, with over 20 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue now includes six symphonies, six concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works.
Kate studied Early Music (Recorder) and Composition at the Victorian College of the Arts with Mary Finsterer, Mark Pollard and Brenton Broadstock.
Where to buy
Recorded at the Move Records Studio, Melbourne Australia.
This recording project has been assisted by the Commonwealth Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Total playing time
- 75 minutes 48 seconds
- Vaughan McAlley
- Martin Wright
- Move Records Studio
- Thanks to
- Australia Council
- Release date
- © 2004 Move Records
- ℗ 2004 Move Records
- Australian, Classical, Keyboard
- Catalogue number
- MD 3288
- EAN 9314574328820