Siva

Michael Kieran Harvey plays Australian masterworks for piano of the last fifty years. The composers represented on this great recording include Raymond Hanson, Gordon Kerry, Brendan Colbert, Helen Gifford and Neil Kelly.

This CD juxtaposes numerous currents and shockwaves emanating from Europe that have played out in Australian composition over the last sixty years or so. The search for a grand unifying structure seems to link all of these works, which are nevertheless diverse in compositional approach. All the works refer to a specific device or code that is reinterpreted and developed from an Australian perspective.

The two sonatas take devices from contemporary European and American composition as initial paradigmatic templates for development within the structural trope of the three-movement piano sonata.

Siva and Moths take mythical and fantasy themes to generate episodic structures that question traditional compositional development, while Quicksand is an exploration of the psychological state of contemporary alienation and bewilderment transferred to a constantly-shifting and claustrophobic sound-world of rotating pitches. A binding thematic link is that all the works appropriate recognisable styles as a departure point for highly individual and exciting re-imaginings of these styles, making for an exuberant kaleidoscope of sonic environments, despite the limitations of the acoustic piano.

Artist

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.


Audio previews

Track Listing

    Piano Sonata, Op. 12 Raymond Hanson

  1. Allegro Moderato 7:08
  2. Andante espressivo 5:15
  3. Allegretto - meno mosso - Allegro maestoso 5:28
  4. Piano Sonata - 1997 Gordon Kerry

  5. First movement 7:58
  6. Second movement 6:23
  7. Third movement 2:31
  8. Quicksand - 2005 Brendan Colbert 9:35
  9. Siva - 2012 Helen Gifford 7:01
  10. Moths - 2014 Neil Kelly 13:12

Performers

Composers

Gordon Kerry

Gordon Kerry's music ranges from the symphonic through chamber music to choral music and opera. He is frequently commissioned by Australian orchestras, chamber ensembles, festivals and soloists, as well as ensembles in the USA and Europe.

Helen Gifford

Like Sculthorpe and Grainger before her, Australian composer Helen Gifford has found inspiration in the gamelan and Balinese music.


Where to buy

Siva can be purchased online through Buywell Just Classical or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia, including Thomas’ and Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
64 minutes 31 seconds
Release date
August 2015
Copyright
© 2015 Move Records
Phonogram
℗ 2015 Move Records
Categories
Australian, Classical, Keyboard
Catalogue number
MD 3397
Alternate catalogue number
MD3397
Barcode
EAN 9314574339727