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Tensile Flame

Michael Kieran Harvey, piano. The first disc traces the influence of the Liszt B minor Sonata on three early 20th Century composers: Rachmaninov, Ravel and Skryabin. The second features contemporary music by Australian composer Carl Vine.

"My interest in the music of Liszt resulted in the first compact disc, originally released in 1991. The record traces the influence of the Liszt B minor Sonata on three early 20th Century composers: Rachmaninov, Ravel and Skryabin.

The second CD, first released in 1992, is a departure from the mainstream virtuoso repertoire, and reflects my interest in contemporary music. It features Australian composer Carl Vine's Piano Sonata (1990) and gives a perspective on Vine's individual style by including works seminal to his compositional processes, such as Elliott Carter's Piano Sonata (1946), Stravinsky's Three Pieces from Petrouchka (1921) and the Australian composer Graham Hair's Under Aldebaran (1986)."

- Michael Kieran Harvey


Michael Kieran Harvey

Australian pianist and composer, Dr Michael Kieran Harvey FAHA, is one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary piano music of his generation. A champion of Australian music and himself a composer, he regularly commissions new Australian music and has performed with Australia's leading contemporary music ensembles and orchestras.

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Track Listing

  1. Sonata in B minor Franz Liszt 31:30
  2. Vers la Flamme Alexander Scriabin 5:45
  3. Etudes Tableaux, Op. 39 Sergei Rachmaninoff

  4. Etude No. 1 2:55
  5. Etude No. 2 5:58
  6. Etude No. 3 2:52
  7. Gaspard de la nuit Maurice Ravel

  8. Ondine 6:31
  9. Le gibet (The gallows) 6:03
  10. Scarbo 9:17

Disc 2

    Trois movements de Petruchka Igor Stravinsky

  1. Danse Russe 2:28
  2. Chez Petruchka 4:17
  3. La Semaine Grasse 8:08
  4. Sonata Elliott Carter

  5. Maestoso 9:35
  6. Andante 12:09
  7. Under Aldebaran Graham Hair 4:40
  8. Piano Sonata Carl Vine

  9. Lento 8:15
  10. Leggiero e Legato 8:45



Franz Liszt

Franz Liszt (1811–1886) was a 19th-century Hungarian composer, pianist, conductor, and teacher. As a composer, Liszt was one of the most prominent representatives of the "Neudeutsche Schule" ("New German School").

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Sergei Vasilievich Rachmaninoff (1873 – 1943) was a Russian composer, pianist, and conductor. Rachmaninoff is widely considered one of the finest pianists of his day and, as a composer, one of the last great representatives of Romanticism in Russian classical music.

Maurice Ravel

Many consider Ravel as a major composer for the piano as well as a genius of orchestration. But it is always a surprise to discover how few works make up his total output for the instrument. All his compositions for piano can be performed in under two and one half hours.

Graham Hair

Born in Geelong, composer Graham Hair has received numerous commissions from such organisations as Duo Contemporain and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1990 he took up the position of Gardiner Professor at the University of Glasgow.

Carl Vine

Carl Vine first came to prominence in Australia as a composer of music for dance, with over 20 dance scores to his credit. His catalogue now includes six symphonies, six concertos, music for film, television and theatre, electronic music and numerous chamber works.

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Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Total playing time
129 minutes 8 seconds
Douglas Howard
Ron Craig
Ron Craig
Martin Wright
Acoustic Recording Studio
Release date
© 2004 Move Records
℗ 1992 Move Records
Australian, Classical, Keyboard
Catalogue number
MD 3286
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574328622