New & noteworthy
Barney Zwartz has written an article in The Age and SMH about horn player Mark Papworth's Wagner project. Siegfried’s Story, a CD of 12 scenes from the Ring adapted for the highly unusual combination of horn, tuba and piano, recording under the name Bonza Brass.
To present the music of Schubert’s Winterreise to a visual arts audience in particular and to a wider musical audience than is usually attracted to German lieder, pianist Brian Chapman judged that it would be wise to perform the work in English – something that is almost never done these days. This new 2-CD set includes two complete performances of the music performed by Nathan Lay (baritone) and Brian Chapman (pianist).
The Marais Project release, The Garden Party, celebrates 20 years for the early music ensemble. It has a festive anniversary flavour and includes several world premieres, not the least of which is the Eriksson-penned title track. “Perhaps their best recording yet. Ravishing!” says one reviewer.
Move Records was established on 24 December 1968. We have now passed our golden anniversary of 50 years. During 2018 we recorded tracks for a special CD to mark the 50 years. We invited Australian composers to write a short piece for the CD, and now have a disc with new works by 24 Australian composers. Here's a year by year history:
Pianist Lachlan Redd performed one of the tracks from the CD "Pieces after childhood" at the premiere of the documentary on the life of Australia's legendary pianist Geoffrey Tozer. The film, which gets its commercial release in the second half of 2019, is entitled "The Eulogy" after Paul Keating's eulogy at Geoffrey Tozer's funeral in 2009.
Step back in time to an era of unprecedented human innovation with the award-winning Syzygy Ensemble, and percussionist Dan Richardson. Sally Greenaway's The 7 Great Inventions of the Modern Industrial Age explores the astounding surge in human invention during the 20th century. And its consequences . . .
Ronald Farren-Price is the grand old man of the piano in Australia. This book by Ian Burk is about his life, work, career and outlook, based on his own reminiscences.
Tony Gould's writing is provocative, funny, informative, argumentative, and always passionate. His insights into music in Australia are result of three different universities and half a century as a practicing jazz and classical musician, composer, music critic, academic, writer and educator.
A re-release of two performances from 1981 and 1983 respectively. These great recordings are now once again available, this time on CD.