Author Michael Hannan

Michael Hannan is a composer, performer and music researcher. He is the author of Peter Sculthorpe: His Music and Ideas (UQ Press, 1982), The Australian Guide to Careers in Music (MCA/UNSW Press, 2003) and The Music of Richard Meale (Wildbird, 2014). Hannan is an Adjunct Professor of Music at Southern Cross University.

Classical
Claire Edwardes: Kammerbox

Artist/s: MUSIC by Amanda Cole, Ross Edwards, Katy Abbott Kvasnica, John Psathas, Maria Grenfell, Andrew Ford, Elena Kats-Chernin, Peter Sculthorpe, Richard Charlton, Tim Dargaville, Stuart Greenbaum. PERFORMANCES by Claire Edwardes (percussion) with Karin Schaupp (guitar), Julian Smiles (cello), Jason Noble (clarinet, bass clarinet), Bernadette Harvey (piano), Christina Leonard (alto saxophone/soprano saxophone), Anna McMichael (violin)
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: ABC Music, digital release
Digital album. Stream or download here: abcmusic.lnk.to/Kammerbox
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“For Kammerbox, Claire Edwardes collects chamber works, mostly duos, by Australian composers for performances by herself and other high profile instrumentalists. There is an excellent standard of musicianship demonstrated by all the players and the works presented are compositionally outstanding for the most part.”

Electronic Music
Sunrise: The Acousmatic Music of Ian Fredericks

Artist/s: Ian Fredericks
Category: Electronic Music, Experimental Music
Label: Sidereal Records SRCD02.1 & SRCD02.2. To purchase this CD e-mail Ian Shanahan ian_shanahan@hotmail.com
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“This remarkable retrospective double CD of highly inventive acousmatic music by Ian Fredericks (1943-2001) has been painstakingly curated by Ian Shanahan, one of Fredericks’ close associates.”

Arrangements
Celtic Cello

Artist/s: Sally Maer (cello) with special guests Teddy Tahu Rhodes (bass-baritone) and David Hobson (tenor)
Category: Arrangements, Classical, Folk
Label: ABC Classics 481 2628
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“Celtic Cello consists of twenty classical music arrangements of traditional and popular Celtic songs as well as some film music themes. It is designed to showcase the versatility of cello soloist, Sally Maer.”

Classical
Michael Bertram. Fantaisie-Sonata

Artist/s: Michael Kieran Harvey (piano)
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Move Records MD 3407
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“Michael Keiran Harvey’s excellent track record in championing the piano music of Australian composers is evidenced again in this compelling interpretation of Michael Bertram’s impressive major piano work, Fantaisie-Sonata.”

Classical
Andrew Schultz Piano Music

Artist/s: Antony Gray (piano)
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 078 (2016)
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“Andrew Schultz’s impressive piano music collection is deeply rooted in the unique resonant qualities of the instrument. His long-time collaborator, Antony Gray, interprets the works with both sensitivity and panache.”

Classical
Between Worlds: Music for Saxophone and Strings. Works by Chick Corea, Nick Russoniello, Elena Kats-Chernin, Jeremy Rose and Barry Cockcroft

Artist/s: Nick Russoniello (saxophones) and the Acacia Quartet
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Independent release. Available through iTunes and CD Baby
www.nickrussoniello.com.au/
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“Between Worlds features the unusual combination of saxophone and string quartet performing very engaging works by four Australian composers and the American jazz legend, Chick Corea.”

Classical
Dancing with Somebody. Music by Joe Twist

Artist/s: Acacia Quartet, Sally Whitwell (piano), with Louise Prickett (soprano)
Category: Classical, Film Music, Jazz, New Music
Label: Self-release CD (3 tracks), available as download or hardcopy from CD Baby
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joetwist
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Composer Joe Twist’s Dancing with Somebody shows his penchant for engaging in an entertaining way with popular cultural forms and contains admirable performances by the Acacia Quartet and pianist Sally Whitwell.

Classical
Australian Voices: Mondrian Interiors. Works by Stuart Greenbaum

Artist/s: ANAM musicians featuring Jessica Fotinos (harp)
Category: Classical, New Music
ANAM 1501 (2015)
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This recording project is a spinoff of the “Australian Voices” series of concerts, a collaboration between the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). The CD consists of three works by Melbourne-based composer Stuart Greenbaum performed…

Classical
Flute Perspectives: Australian Contemporary Flute. Works by Peter Sculthorpe, Barry Conyngham, Brian Brown, Derek Jones, Anne Boyd, Mark Pollard and Phyllis Batchelor.

Artist/s: Derek Jones, flute; Leigh Harrold, piano
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Move Records MD 3406
www.move.com.au
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“On this recording, flautist Derek Jones and pianist Leigh Harrold give excellent interpretations of seven Australian works composed between 1972 and 2008.” Constructed around a melody from the Torres Strait island of Saibai, Peter Sculthorpe’s Songs of Sea and Sky…

Classical
126 Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Composed by Julian Yu

Artist/s: Michael Kieran Harvey, piano
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Move Records MD 3404 [Double CD]
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“Julian Yu’s 126 Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for piano is a tour de force of compositional craft, brilliantly interpreted by pianist Michael Kieran Harvey.” Julian Yu has already had significant success with his variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little…

Classical
Flute Vox. Works by Takemitsu, Yu, Varèse, Smetanin, Tiutiunnik, Zadro, Vali, B. Dean, Cowie, Page, Kats-Chernin and Glynn

Artist/s: Laura Chislett, Flute; Stephanie McCallum, piano; Thomas Jones, violin
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Independent release. Double CD (available through Australian Music Centre and Amazon UK)
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Flute Vox, an outstanding double CD release by flautist Laura Chislett, celebrates a longstanding collaboration with pianist Stephanie McCallum in the interpretation of new Australian flute repertoire. Most of the titles are by Australian composers writing in the 21st century,…

Film Music
Babe: orchestral soundtrack. Composed by Nigel Westlake

Artist/s: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Nigel Westlake
Category: Film Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1819
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The orchestral score composed by Nigel Westlake for the highly acclaimed Australian feature film, Babe (Chris Noonan, 1995), is a delight. It is full of attractive melodies supported by scintillating orchestrations. When Westlake scored Babe, he had only a few…

Biography
Keith Humble, Music and Me – Memories of a Shared Life

Author: Jill Humble
Category: Biography, Books
Healesville, Victoria: Fernmill Books, 2015 (121 pages). Available by emailing John Whiteoak, whiteoak@hotkey.net.au or writing to Fernmill Books PO Box 395, Healesville 3777
ISBN 978-0-646-93884-4
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I had the honour in 1971 of organising and promoting the premiere performance of Keith Humble’s Nunique VI in the Great Hall of The University of Sydney. I spent three days prior to the performance working with Keith and his…

Classical
Island Songs. Works by Peter Scuthorpe, Brett Dean and Ross Edwards

Artist/s: Amy Dickson, soprano and alto saxophones, Sydney Symphony cond. Ben Northey and Miguel Harth Bedoya
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1703
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A few decades ago it would have been unimaginable for Peter Sculthorpe to have written a piece featuring the saxophone. What changed was the appearance of a brilliant exponent of the instrument, Amy Dickson. Ross Edwards also has been inspired…

Classical
Resonances: Music for Harp: The Marshall McGuire Collection

Artist/s: Marshall McGuire, harp
Category: Classical, Early Music, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1482. 2 CDs
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Marshall Maguire is one of our national treasures in the field of music performance, particularly in new classical music where he has contributed brilliantly to many modernist and experimental scores. This double CD release (mainly) of solo harp music represents…

Classical
Peter Sculthorpe: Complete works for solo piano (2 CDs)

Artist/s: Tamara-Anna Cislowska, piano
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1181
www.abcclassics.com
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With Peter Sculthorpe’s recent passing, we are reminded, with this release by one of his many champions, Tamara-Anna Cislowska, of a significant body of his life’s work. When one thinks of Peter’s compositional career, the orchestral works and string quartets…

Classical
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Artist/s: Claire Edwardes, solo percussion
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Tall Poppies Records TP223
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Claire Edwardes has had a stellar career as a solo percussionist of new classical music. This, her third solo CD release with Tall Poppies Records, presents repertoire for small collections of percussion instruments that will conveniently all “fit into a…

Books
Roger Smalley: A Case Study of Late Twentieth-Century Composition

Author: Christopher Mark
Category: Books, Musicology
Farnham (Surrey): Ashgate, 2012, 272 pages
ISBN 9781409424116 (hbk) ISBN 9781409441991 (ebk)
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This analytical study of the music of British-Australian composer, Roger Smalley (b. 1943), covers 25 works written between 1961 and 1996. From his English vantage point, the author, Christopher Mark, acknowledges that Smalley’s work is not well-known and hopes that…

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