Inspired by the work of writers Apolilnaire, Lorca and Hardarson, Cool Black features three contrasting chamber song cycles from the visionary mind of composer Rosalind Page, performed by Halcyon.
Originally presented in performance by the acclaimed Australian ensemble, the works now come together on Halcyon’s first studio album, highlighting a mastery of poetic language, composition and performance.
Conceived and written across three years, Apollinairesongs (performed in 2002), Sonetos de amor oscuro (premiered in 2004 and winner of the 2006 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize), and Hrafnsöngvar (2005) evoke the changing colours of the language and landscape in poems by Guillaume Apolilnaire (France), Federico Garcia Lorca (Spain) and Hrafn Andrés Hardarson (Iceland).
As the release celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2018, it’s clear both the works and the performances have stood the test of time. Delicate, evocative, and haunting, in Cool Black Halcyon and Page have together found an intimacy that feels like no less than an encounter.
Regarded as a leading light in the field of new music, Halcyon presents stunning performances of vocal chamber music from around the world, with a special emphasis on Australian content.
- Le pont Mirabeau
- Claire de lune
- Í Upphafi
- Tonfygli – Fuglar Himins
- Lifiõ sjálft
- Pfuglafiõlur – Perluregn
- Ó, Frón, bin moõir
- El poeta habla por teléfono con el amor
- Noche del amor insomne
- Soneto de la guirnalda de rosas
- Llagas de amor
- El poeta pide a su amor que le escriba
Apollinairesongs Rosalind Page
Hrafnsöngvar Rosalind Page
Sonetos del Amor Oscuro Rosalind Page
Composer Rosalind Page has created works for theatre, chamber ensembles, orchestra and electronica with performances in Australia, Europe, USA and Japan.