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Art Songs
Ballads of the Pleasant Life. Kurt Weill, Weimar and Exile

Artist/s: Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone). Nexas Quartet: Michael Duke (soprano saxophone), Andrew Smith (alto saxophone), Nathan Henshaw (tenor saxophone), Jay Byrnes (baritone saxophone), Benjamin Burton (piano)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music, Musical Theatre
Label: ABC Classics 576 2204
www.abcclassics.com
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Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and the Nexas Quartet bring us a fascinating glimpse into the period of the fall of the Weimar Republic, when music was the language of defiance and protest, as well as of love and beauty in a world on the brink of catastrophe…

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Çanakkale – Gallipoli Songs

Artist/s: Ayşe Göknur Shanal (soprano), Patrick Keith, Erberk Eryilmaz, Ross Fiddes (piano)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music, New Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 707
http://www.australiancomposers.com.au
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“The wonderful Turkish-Australian soprano Ayşe Göknur Shanal performs new song cycles by contemporary Australasian composers, and the sheer beauty and dramatic power of her voice left me profoundly moved.”

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Hymne à l’amour

Artist/s: Siobhan Stagg, soprano; Amir Farid, piano
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music
Label: Move Records MD 3360
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“Siobhan Stagg has a voice of astounding beauty and working with the wonderful Amir Farid on piano, the duo present a memorable recital of Romantic art songs.” The hugely talented Melbournian soprano Siobhan Stagg recorded this beautiful collection of Romantic…

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I Thought I Heard a Magpie Call. Heritage Australian Art Songs

Artist/s: Margaret Schindler (soprano), Philip Mayers (piano)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 076
http://www.AustralianComposers.com.au
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“Another very enjoyable release from Wirripang: thirty- two Australian songs, most composed pre WW11 – an era when we felt we still belonged in the “Old Country” and our songs were still populated by fairies, pipers and shepherds, and spring sprang forth in May! The performances are excellent from Margaret Schindler, soprano, accompanied by her long-time colleague, Philip Mayers, on piano.”

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Kingfisher. Songs for Halcyon

Artist/s: Halcyon: Alison Morgan (soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano). With Laura Chislett Jones (piccolo and flutes), Jason Noble (clarinet and bass clarinet), Geoffrey Gartner (cello), William Jackson and Joshua Hill (percussion)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music, New Music
Label: Tall Poppies TP236
www.tallpoppies.net
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“Kingfisher” has fine performances of 21 songs recently composed especially for Halcyon, and offers a valuable insight into the field of recent Australian composition for vocal chamber ensemble.

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Movement. Vocal and Chamber Music by Horace Keats

Artist/s: Louise Page (soprano), Phillipa Candy (piano), The Linden String Quartet: Marina Marsden, Emily Long (violins), Justine Marsden (viola), Elizaberth Neville (cello), Janet Webb (flute)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 050
http://www.AustralianComposers.com.au
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“A fine CD from Wirripang of chamber works by the Australian composer Horace Keats (1895-1945) with superb performances from the artists: Louise Page (soprano), The Linden String Quartet, Phillipa Candy (piano) and Janet Webb (flute).”

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War Letters. New music commemorating WWI

Artist/s: Halcyon: Alison Morgan, Jenny Duck-Chong, Clive Birch, James Wannan, Kaylie Dunstan, Jo Allan, Geoffrey Gartner
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music, New Music
Label: Wirripang Media Pty Ltd Wirr 074
www.australiancomposers.com.au
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“This music enhances and underlines the emotional impact of war in settings of letters written by people who experienced the actuality first hand, as relevant today as ever.”