All posts by David Bollard

All Imperfect Things: solo piano music of Michael Nyman

Sally Whitwell, piano
Classical, Film Music, New Music
ABC Classics 481 0412
Reviewed by , July 1st, 2014

I must admit that I was interested in reviewing this disc because of Michael Nyman’s sound-track for Jane Campion’s art film The Piano, where an otherwise fascinating creative piece was spoilt, at least for me, by this composer’s music. In other words, I wanted to discover whether other music by Nyman would prove to be… continue reading »

Catch Me If You Can. Music for saxophone and orchestra

Amy Dickson alto saxophone, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey conductor
Classical, New Music, Uncategorized
ABC Classics 481 0118
Reviewed by , April 25th, 2014

Every so often there are musicians who seem to have been born to play a particular instrument, and one of them is undoubtedly Amy Dickson. Here is a refreshingly different and fascinating disc, featuring a young saxophonist who has achieved admirable success here and overseas for her technical skill and fine musicality, three works which… continue reading »

Missa Solis: Requiem for Eli. Music by Nigel Westlake

Liam Crisanti treble soloist, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Nigel Westlake conductor
Classical, New Music
ABC Classics 476 5057
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2014

This disc presents a strong work marking a new creative step for one of our leading composers, a welcome addition to masses in the ‘classical’ tradition, and – perhaps most importantly – a profound expression of contrasted feelings of joy, celebration, and grief at the loss of the composer’s young son Eli, senselessly murdered in… continue reading »

Narratives and Detours: music by Australian composers

Jeanell Carrigan, piano
Classical, New Music
Australian Music Centre VAST031.2
Reviewed by , June 1st, 2014

  This disc presents music by ten Australian composers, six of whom I had heard; but there are so many young, emerging composers that it is sometimes hard to keep track. They illustrate widely divergent compositional styles; the longest offering is that of the disc’s title (11’43”); the others range from aphoristic utterances to more extended… continue reading »

About David Bollard

David Bollard is well-known as pianist, teacher, writer, lecturer, adjudicator, examiner, broadcaster and editor. He has toured to some thirty countries, made numerous recordings and held important posts at various Australian universities. He holds degrees in languages and music. He is currently Adjunct Professor at the Conservatorium of Music, University of Tasmania.

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