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Cool Black

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.

Audio previews

Track Listing

    Apollinairesongs Rosalind Page

  1. Le pont Mirabeau
  2. Toujours
  3. Claire de lune
  4. L'univers
  5. Hrafnsöngvar Rosalind Page

  6. Í Upphafi
  7. Morgunn
  8. Tonfygli – Fuglar Himins
  9. Lifiõ sjálft
  10. Spá
  11. Pfuglafiõlur – Perluregn
  12. Ó, Frón, bin moõir
  13. Sonetos del Amor Oscuro Rosalind Page

  14. El poeta habla por teléfono con el amor
  15. Noche del amor insomne
  16. Soneto de la guirnalda de rosas
  17. Llagas de amor
  18. El poeta pide a su amor que le escriba



Rosalind Page

Composer Rosalind Page has created works for theatre, chamber ensembles, orchestra and electronica with performances in Australia, Europe, USA and Japan.

Where to buy

Cool Black is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Cool Black is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
© 2008 AVT
℗ 2008 Move Records
Australian, Classical, Vocal
Catalogue number
MCD 396
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574039627