The Marvellous World of George Dreyfus, Volume 2
The second volume of marvellous music from one of Australia's favourite composers, George Dreyfus. This album provides a great insight into Dreyfus' multifaceted talents.
Opening with a spirited and moving rendition of the 'Ned Kelly Ballads' by folk singer Broderick Smith accompanied by four french horns and rhythm section, this CD embraces a compendium of Dreyfus' musical styles.
The 'Italian Songs', featured in the TV series 'Waterfront' and beautifully performed here by soprano Joanna Cole accompanied by pianist Len Vorster, illustrate Dreyfus' perfect mirroring of Italian Verissimo.
The youthful Methodist Ladies College Senior Madrigal Group perform 'Lifestyle' a suite of unaccompanied choral movements, appropriately dealing with youthful ambitions and dreams.
In 'Homage à Victor Bruns', the three bassoonists from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra are joined by a fourth, the composer himself, a one time bassoonist of that orchestra, for a brief but telling essay in neoclassicism.
In complete stylistic contrast (but then is this not the hallmark of Dreyfus' creative career) the Prism Wind Quintet perform the 'Quintet for Wind Instruments', a compendium of the 1960's Darmstadt school of compositional techniques.
Brilliant performances are also given in the solo pieces on the CD which include 'Odyssey for a Lone Bassoon' performed by Matthew Wilkie, 'Stant Litore Puppes' performed by organist Christopher Cook, 'In Memoriam' Raoul Wallenberg performed by clarinettist David Thomas accompanied by pianist Robert Chamberlain and 'Heidelberg 1890' for soprano and flute performed by Marianne Collet-Stier and Almut Riemenschneider.
The CD is rounded off with three Dreyfus classics. 'In New Gold Mountain' played by the Australian Chinese Ensemble you can just imagine yourself in the tea house of Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai.
And was there ever a more soothing ballad for all animal lovers to cuddle up to than 'Love Your Animal', commissioned by the RSPCA and performed here by the Melbourne Musicians conducted by Frank Pam.
Finally, the now sadly disbanded 5th Military District Band from Perth resurface with a rousing rendition, the 25th commercially released version of Dreyfus' hardly disbanded, always evergreen-fresh national treasure, the theme from the television series 'Rush'.
One of Australia's best known composers, especially the theme from the TV series "Rush", George Dreyfus was recently awarded a the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Victorian Parliament House, for services to music.
“full of the customary Dreyfus panache and is a tribute to the composer's extraordinary ability”
— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide
“the whole disc is a timely tribute to this tireless, greatly gifted musician.”
— Clive O'Connell, The Age
- Man in Iron
- Greta Lovesong
- The Kellys, Byrne and Hart
- Rush George Dreyfus
- In Memoriam Raoul Wallenberg George Dreyfus
- Golden Summer; North Wind
- Feeding the Chickens
- The Departure of the SS Orient; Redfern Station
- The Flower Sellers
- Homage à Victor Bruns George Dreyfus
- Stant Litore Puppes George Dreyfus
- Ogni speranza
- Non m'aje da
- New Gold Mountain George Dreyfus
- Nullabor Hideout George Dreyfus
- Quintet for Wind Instruments George Dreyfus
- Odyssey for a Lone Bassoon George Dreyfus
- Love Your Animal George Dreyfus
Ned Kelly Ballads George Dreyfus
Lifestyle George Dreyfus
Heidelberg 1890 George Dreyfus
Four Italian Songs George Dreyfus
- Alex Grieve · french horn · tracks 1—3
- Kevin Edwardes · french horn · tracks 1—3
- Kate Peart · french horn · tracks 1—3
- John Ferguson · french horn · tracks 1—3
- Jochen Schubert · guitar · tracks 1—3
- Shannon Birchall · bass · tracks 1—3
- Ben Smart · drums · tracks 1—3
- Broderik Smith · vocals · tracks 1—3
- Senior Madrigal Group · tracks 4—7
- Band of the 5th Military District · track 8
- David Thomas · clarinet · track 9
- Robert Chamberlain · piano · tracks 9 and 21
- Marianne Collet-Stier · flute · tracks 10—13
- Almut Riemenschneider · soprano · tracks 10—13
- Rolf Kuhlmann · bassoon · track 14
- Paul Williams · bassoon · track 14
- Ian Mansell · bassoon · track 14
- George Dreyfus · bassoon · track 14
- Christopher Cook · organ · track 15
- Joanna Cole · soprano · tracks 16—19
- Len Vorster · piano · tracks 16—19
- Australian Chinese Music Ensemble · track 20
- Tom Paulin · cornet · track 21
- Prism Wind Quintet · track 22
- Matthew Wilkie · bassoon · track 23
- The Melbourne Musicians · track 24
Where to buy
This title is also available in (or can be ordered through) many fine music retailers across Australia including Readings.