“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.”
Author: Alex Raineri
“Opera Queensland’s Marriage of Figaro in a few words? Uplifting, stylish, engaging.”
“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.”
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“Despite its brevity, listeners are presented with a kaleidoscopic spectrum of musical narratives, vibrantly evoking vivid imagery from movement to movement.”
“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…
“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.”
“A truly remarkable album. Astonishing music, beautifully performed by a collection of artists at the highest level of excellence.”
“An artistic partnership that exudes a collegial familiarity that far exceeds the reality of the duo’s short history of playing together.”
“A thoroughly enjoyable, informative and wonderfully crafted offering, educational not just for young children.”
“Andonovska’s control of her instrument is immediately applaudable and the cyclonic energy of her playing commands an intensity of listening that is rare to encounter.”
“An easily digestible and masterfully rendered collection of arrestingly beautiful melodies.”
“Yokahoma Flowers projects sounds of gamelan, sounds of percussion instruments, sounds of nature, capturing tapestries of the everyday while being sonically tied to the fundamental sound of the piano, a beautiful marriage of life and art.”
“A poetic, unpretentious, lyrical, stunning, and captivating addition to the discography and body of repertoire of Australian art song.”
“A collection of wonderful and well-loved piano duo works performed masterfully by two of Australia’s most experienced and colourful musicians.”
“‘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.”
“Jayson Gillham is an artist whose playing sits perfectly at the juncture of projecting the music’s integrity alongside and on equal terms to his own creative voice as an interpreter.”
I would encourage even those disinclined to engage with unfamiliar contemporary work to challenge yourselves with this strikingly lush collection of vocal chamber works by Elliott Gyger, performed masterfully by Halcyon.
Soliloquy is a celebration of the emotional power of music through musical monologue in Genevieve Lacey’s bewitching renditions of Georg Phillip Telemann’s Solo Fantasias.