Music for Strings
Composers include Australians George Dreyfus, Percy Grainger, Roger Rooman and Desmond Grixti, with three European composers as a bonus. The Southern Cross Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Gerald Gentry.
The real value of your contribution is difficult to express in words as it extends beyond anything that any other Australian orchestra is willing to do for Australian composers. Getting the opportunity to listen to your own music is not only an integral part of growing as an artist, but is also at the essence of artistic life. If the music of today is not performed, how can we build on the music of tomorrow? Your support therefore holds an honourable position in our society and should be applauded by all. (Andrián Pertout – composer)
Southern Cross Philharmonia was a fully professional Orchestra. It was established in Melbourne in 2005, a not-for-profit organisation. Its purpose was to champion past and present Australian music within a framework of international repertoire. Its was directed by the late Gerald Gentry.
Gerald Gentry has been a tireless promoter of contemporary music regarding the work of present-day composers as a vital and essential element in a nation's musical life.
“Veteran English conductor, Gerald Gentry has been quietly fostering the talents within his Southern Cross Philharmonia, an ensemble largely dedicated to Australian music for string forces. A retired BBC Staff Conductor, Maestro Gentry has much to give these bright and gifted younger artists. A particular warmth and beauty of sound is encouraged: nothing is ever ugly or forced, a vocal quality pervades and as a former violist, this inner line is never very far from Gentryʹs ear. As well, a formidable knowledge developed over a lifetime of 20th century omposers and their work; personages such as Percy Grainger and Ralph Vaughan Williams are introduced as old friends.”
— David Barmby,
- Angelica, preghiera senza parole (2008) Jesmond Grixti
- Lighthouse (1993) George Dreyfus
- Boisterous bourrée: Allegro ritmico
- Playful pizzicato: Presto possibile pizzicato sempre
- Sentimental sarabande: Poco lento e pesante
- Frolicsome finale: Prestissimo con fuoco
- Handel in the Strand for piano and string orchestra (1911) Percy Grainger
- Arioso in Alto (Skybridge) (1992) Roger Rooman
- Praeludium: Allegro vivace
- Sarabande: Andante
- Gavotte: Allegro
- Air: Andante religioso
- Rigaudon: Allegro con brio
Serenade for strings (1883c) Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Simple Symphony Op.4 (1937) Benjamin Britten
Holberg Suite, Op 40 (1884) Edvard Grieg
One of Australia's best known composers, especially the theme from the TV series "Rush", George Dreyfus was recently awarded a the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany at the Victorian Parliament House, for services to music.
Edward Benjamin Britten (1913 - 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. Britten's operas are firmly established in the international repertoire. He has more operas played worldwide than any other composer born in the 20th century.
Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882-1961) is one of Australia's best known composers. A brilliant arranger of folk music but also a pioneer in percussion and electronic music, Grainger's Warriors was recently heard in the opening ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
Where to buy
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Release date
- © 2011 Southern Cross Philharmonia
- ℗ 2011 Move Records
- Catalogue number
- MCD 446
- EAN 9314574044621