Giants In The Land
Recorded in Melba Hall, this world premiere recording finds Melbourne pianist Ian Holtham performing a brilliant cross-section of Australian contemporary piano works, including those by Brenton Broadstock, Linda Kouvaras, Stephen Ingham, Stuart Greenbaum, Johanna Selleck and Christine McCombe.
Here was sung the first songs,
here was breathed the message of the sun -
in those days there were giants in the land.
There was also magic in the air.
Recorded in Melba Hall at the University of Melbourne, this world premiere recording finds Melbourne pianist Ian Holtham performing a selection of recent Australian contemporary piano works, including those by Brenton Broadstock, Linda Kouvaras, Stephen Ingham, Stuart Greenbaum, Johanna Selleck and Christine McCombe.
Professor Ian Holtham is one of the most distinguished and highly regarded pianists and pedagogues in Australia and his performances of the great Classical and Romantic repertoire have played to packed houses and rave reviews for many years.
“offers the listener many contrasting 'landscapes' to enjoy ... This CD is remarkable for its sustained pianistic virtuosity and the depth, complexity and variety of the compositions.”
— Elizabeth Scarlett, ArtStreams
“Ian Holtham plays ... with taste and admirable musicianship ... the disc is highly recommended.”
— Peter Larsen, 3MBS FM Libretto
“This release demonstrates the sheer artistic innovation and diversity of six Australian composers ... fascinating repertoire.”
— Ron Payne, Music Teacher Magazine
“an excellent program of Australian piano music”
— Tony Way, The Age - Green Guide
“a brilliant cross-section of Australian contemporary piano works”
— New Classics, UK
- Giants in the Land Brenton Broadstock 10:31
- Recantations Johanna Selleck 5:33
- Secrets of the Amphitheatre Linda Kouvaras 5:28
- first song 3:24
- fragmentation #1 1:59
- lullaby 1:55
- ... 1:49
- two voices alone 1:39
- lux aeterna 1:53
- fragmentation #2 3:24
- truth 2:05
- New Roads, Old Destinations Stuart Greenbaum 10:03
- Long Flat Blues Stephen Ingham 6:34
- But I want the harmonica Stuart Greenbaum 7:51
- Dying of the Light Brenton Broadstock 12:41
Songs of Truth and Loneliness Christine McCombe
- Ian Holtham · piano
Brenton Broadstock is now one of Australia's most well established, respected and successful mid-generation composers.
Johanna currently teaches at Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts. She also works as a music critic for the Herald Sun as well as numerous local and national magazines and journals.
Linda Kouvaras is a pianist, composer and musicologist, with particular interests in contemporary music. She has recorded, commissioned, and premiered numerous contemporary Australian works for piano, performing extensively in city and regional centres.
Christine McCombe initially studied composition in Australia before moving to the UK in 1997 to complete an MMus at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama where she studied with James MacMillan. Many of Christine's compositions have been performed by leading ensembles and soloists in both Australia and the Europe.
With a catalogue of over 185 works written for the concert stage, Stuart Greenbaum’s music is heard regularly in Australia and abroad. Nelson, a 3–act opera with libretto by Ross Baglin, was presented in London in 2005 and premiered in full at the 2007 Castlemaine State Festival. Their second opera, The Parrot Factory, received a 5-show season in 2010 staged by Victorian Opera at The Malthouse.
Stephen Ingham has had a broad and varied career as a composer,music critic and academic. He was awarded a doctorate by the University of York in 1981,where his research involved the application of computers to musical composition. Since 1993, he has lived and worked in Australia, where he was first employed in the Faculty of Music at the University of Melbourne.