All posts by Houston Dunleavy

A Little Variation: Variation Form as Used by Australian Composers

Jeanell Carrigan, piano. Works by McKay, Webb, Hannan, Polglase, Davidson, Isaacs.
Classical, New Music
Australian Music Centre VAST032.2
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2015

Jeanell Carrigan is a passionate pianist. She seems to be able to harness that passion and find works by primarily Australian composers that deserve a thorough, active listening. Without her, a lot of good music would lie mouldering in the corner and never be discovered. Carrigan’s past work, for labels such as Wirripang ( and… continue reading »

Blue Rags

Ian Munro piano
Classical, New Music
Tall Poppies TP186
Reviewed by , April 25th, 2014

Any time one sees Ian Munro’s name on a concert poster or a CD cover, it’s worth it to take note and make an effort to listen. For over 15 year he has produced music of a wide variety and consistently high quality, and been a champion of Australian music. His latest CD continues this… continue reading »

Don Kay: Bird Chants

Vanessa Sharman piano
Classical, New Music
Tall Poppies TP210
Reviewed by , March 1st, 2014

This CD is a significant opportunity: to record a major portion of the output of one of Australia’s senior composers for solo piano. The works presented here cover the period from 1995 to 2008 and were written by Kay for some of the finest pianists in Australia. It is a major undertaking for Sharman, for… continue reading »


Zoë Black violin, Daniel McKay guitar
Classical, New Music
Move Records MD3323
Reviewed by , April 1st, 2014

 It’s been a while since this CD was released.  Finally I’ve had a chance to listen to and review it. It was definitely worth the wait; this recording deserved much more attention back in 2008 than it seems to have received. Like every Move record I’ve had the chance to listen to, this is beautifully… continue reading »

King Of The Air. The Charles Kingsford Smith Musical

Music and lyrics by Gavin Lockley, book and lyrics by Ann Blainey. Cast principals, Daniel Belle, Renae Martin, David Hooley, Meredith O’Reilly, Philip Dodd, Yvonne Kenny AM, Simon Tedeschi, piano. The Metropolitan Orchestra, Sarah-Grace Williams conductor
Musical Theatre
Fish Fine Music
Reviewed by , May 1st, 2014

 It is not unusual for a musical to be recorded long before its appearance on a full stage. It’s a great way to test the waters of popular opinion, or to see if there’s anyone out there who is willing to sink money into the production costs. Chess is a case in point, existing as… continue reading »

About Houston Dunleavy

Houston Dunleavy is a freelance composer and conductor. He is Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Wollongong and Musical Director of the Sydney Male Choir. His music has been performed in Australia, the USA, the UK, France, China, Taiwan, Italy, Puerto Rico and Thailand. He is published by Publications by Wirripang.

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