There's much variety in Cezary Skubiszewski's music for the soundtrack to the documentary about the life of Australian costume designer and three-time Oscar winner Orry-Kelly. It covers a wide range of popular 20th century musical styles – and there's never a dull moment.
With Tony Gould in Hobart for academic duties at the Hobart Conservatorium of Music, Nick Haywood called me suggesting we grasp the opportunity for a “bit of a play” whilst he was in town. And that we did, with Sound Engineer Stewart Long recording it, as it were, solely for our personal listening pleasure.
Internationally acclaimed Australian pianist, Zubin Kanga releases his first CD with Move Records, Piano Inside Out. It features new innovative solo piano works by Australian composers, commissioned by Kanga and created in close collaboration with him over several years.
Enter the world of Russia. Zoe Knighton and Amir Farid present a mix of unknown works alongside much loved classics. The recording celebrates a romanticism in composition inspired by the combination of cello and piano.
Recorded live in concert with the Auckland Symphonia directed by Vladimir Verbitsky, legendary Australian pianist Geoffrey Tozer performs Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a theme by Paganini, and Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
This 13 minute work by Don Banks was recorded at the same time as the Kreutzer Quartet's UNFOLD album. Time limitations prevented this track being included on the UNFOLD CD. You can download the track from iTunes and other download sites.
Javād Maroufi was one of the first composers of piano music in Persia and celebrated for his contribution to Persian classical music. He was born in Tehran to musician parents Musa Maroufi and Ezra Maroufi – both pupils of renowned master, Darvish Khan. Javad’s mother died when he was young, so he was raised by his father and taught violin and tar from a young age.
A retrospective compilation of some of the highlights of the music of the late Peter Sculthorpe. Many favourites are included.
Geoffrey Tozer’s Pieces From Childhood allow us to glimpse, if only briefly, the adventures of the young genius into the world of classical music. Tozer’s music, and emotions he expresses – sometimes tumultuous, sometimes meditative – are ever the embodiment of a growing young artist.
Michael Kieran Harvey plays two works by composer Elliott Gyger. Michael says: "They bookend Elliott’s extraordinary musical universe – which, like Messiaen, appeared fully-formed at a precocious age, to extend in profundity and depth throughout an already long and stellar career."
Peter Sheridan's vision for this project was to bring the larger, lower sounding flutes to the centre stage, and in so doing, challenging their sound production and ability to create colourful sonic shapes in one of the most traditional Western musical forms: the Sonata.
The Kreutzer Quartet has forged an enviable reputation as one of Europe’s most dynamic and innovative string quartets. Here they present four Australian quartets.
John Sangster composed the music for the little-known film "Fluteman" in 1982. The film may not be high in your mind, but the music performed by Don Burrows (flute), and eight other jazz players makes wonderful listening apart from the film.
Over its 15 year history The Marais Project has continuously pushed the boundaries of the viola da gamba repertoire whether in presenting the long neglected works of Marin Marais and his French baroque contemporaries or launching the electric viola da gamba in Australia.
Barefoot in the Sky is a fusion of ancient and contemporary; rhythmic, melodic and harmonic, organic and electronic, choral and tribal and more. It traverses many moods that could embody five albums rather than just this one. Its genre title could be ‘ambient space-world jazz’.
Alicia Crossley performs transcriptions for recorder.
Marianne Rothschild and Glenn Riddle formed as a duo in 2004, recording Stuart Greenbaum’s Sonata for Violin and Piano for the CD Mercurial. Broadcast on ABC classic FM, ABC Radio National, 3MBS FM and Radio New Zealand, they have also premiered and recorded many works by Melbourne composers including Broadstock, Greenbaum, Pertout, Schmidt and Kouvaras.
Since the release of Shu-Cheen's other CDs, Lotus Moon, Willow Spirit Song and Serenade with ABC Classics, many music lovers have suggested that they would like to hear her sing Lieder and other styles of repertoire. This CD is a collection of her favourite songs and ballads.
Australian composer Michelle Nelson presents ‘After the Fire’ a stunning new CD showcasing her work. Illustrative of Australia, past and present, this music is appealing, melodic and contemporary.