Author: Alex Raineri

Pianist Alex Raineri (b.1993) is a sought after recitalist, chamber musician, concerto soloist, curator and educator. He appears nationally and overseas with several of the worlds leading soloists and nurtures a penchant for commissioning and presenting Australian music. Alex is the artistic director of the Brisbane Music Festival.

Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Natalie Nicolas (composer), Matt Withers (guitar)

Label: Digital EP | ABC 0028948556915 Commissioned by the ABC.

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“Nicolas’ score is captivatingly beautiful. It is imbued with an organic sense of unfurling phrase structure and melodious counterpoint, untethered by the pretension of hyper-complexity.”

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Music Live

Category:Music Live

Artist(s): An Opera Queensland production featuring; Jeremy Kleeman, Sofia Troncoso, Josê Carbó, Eva Kong, Xenia Puskarz Thomas, Hayley Sugars, Jud Arthur, Bradley Daley, Samuel Piper and Irena Lysiuk. Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dane Lam.

Location, Date: Playhouse, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Brisbane, July 29, 2021

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“Opera Queensland’s Marriage of Figaro in a few words? Uplifting, stylish, engaging.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Hamish McKeich

Label: ABC Classics 0028948177516, CD and digital

https://s.disco.ac/irbveykmnvyj

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“A ‘must-listen’ for any music lovers that find themselves thirsting for stimulating, long-form compositions by one of Australia’s great artists, performed beautifully by one of our leading orchestras.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Andrew Seymour (clarinet), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra cond. Greg Stephens. Jabra Latham - emerging Tasmanian composer.

Label: Digital EP only, ABC 0028948553655

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

I wholeheartedly recommend Antarctic Triptych as a wonderful listening experience that is gripping, wholesome, moving, tender, and expertly executed by Andrew Seymour and the TSO under the baton of Greg Stephens.

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Australian String Quartet. Dale Barltrop (violin), Francesca Hiew (violin), Stephen King (viola), Sharon Grigoryan (cello)

Label: ABC Classics, digital

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“The music is all at once; fragile, symphonic, intimate, epic, tender, extrovert, meditative, active, intensely engaging, and is at all times imbued with a vivid sense of narrative.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, Electroacoustic, New Music

Artist(s): Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano). Works by Stephen Adams, Daniel Blinkhorn, Diana Blom and Brendan Smith, Robert Davidson, Leah Kardos, Kim Lajoie/Thomas Reiner/Tristram Wiilliams, Daniel Portelli.

Label: Wirripang Media 095

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“Playing with Fire is imbued with a fascination for pushing the boundaries of what it can mean for a live pianist to be truly interactive with a digital counterpart, an absent other.”

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Music Recording

Category:Ballet music, Children's songs, Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Katie Noonan (voice), quintet from Camerata: Brendan Joyce (violin), Raquel Bastos (viola), Nathan Smith (cello), Jodie Rottle (flute), Lochlin Dormer (percussion)

Label: ABC 481 7931, CD, 2020

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“Kats-Chernin’s musical score has a wonderful sense of lightness, with an intoxicating discourse of tension and release as it pertains to the various stages of the story.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, Contemporary, Jazz, New Music, Rock

Artist(s): Erik Griswold (prepared piano) & Camerata String Quartet: Brendan Joyce and Jason Tong (violins), Anna Colville (viola), Katherine Philp (cello)

Label: Artist release

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“Hollows out of time is extremely groovy, timbrally curious, and refreshingly honest – a musical treatise reflecting on the many complex facets of the human emotional spectrum.” Nestled in a forest at Wilson’s Downfall close to the NSW border in…

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Ensemble Liaison. David Griffiths (clarinet), Svetlana Bogosavljevic (cello), Timothy Young (piano). Works by Kats-Chernin, Ian Munro, Michael Dooley, Mary Finsterer.

Label: Digital Album | ABC 0028948188659

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“Ensemble Liaison performers are of the highest calibre, their chamber music-making a dialogue that is imbued with a wonderful fluidity and a clear collaborative history that allows their interpretations to speak with cohesion and unity.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Soloists Sophie Schafleitner (violin), Lorelei Dowling (bassoon). Klangforum Wien cond. Peter Rundel and Stefan Asbury.

Label: Kairos 0015020KAI

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“A truly remarkable album. Astonishing music, beautifully performed by a collection of artists at the highest level of excellence.”

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Music Live

Category:Classical, Music Live

Artist(s): Emily Granger (harp) & Jonathan Henderson (flute)

Location, Date: Old Government House, QUT Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane, March 4th, 2020

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“An artistic partnership that exudes a collegial familiarity that far exceeds the reality of the duo’s short history of playing together.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, Music for children, New Music

Artist(s): Kamil Ellis (narrator and singer), Ensemble Offspring - Claire Edwardes (percussion), Véronique Serret (violin), Zubin Kanga (piano), Lamorna Nightingale (flutes) and Jason Noble (clarinets). Compositions by Yuin woman Brenda Gifford.

Label: ABC Kids & ABC Classic 481 7660

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and wonderfully crafted offering, educational not just for young children.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Alicia Crossley (recorders) & Acacia Quartet:  Lisa Stewart & Myee Clohessy (violins), Stefan Duwe (viola), Anna Martin-Scrase (cello).

Label: Move Records MCD587

aliciacrossley.com.au, acaciaquartet.com, move.com.au

Reviewed by: Alex Raineri

“‘Muse’ is a disc of Australian compositions for recorder and string quartet. It features colourful and engaging performances by Alicia Crossley (recorders) and the Acacia Quartet.”

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