Author Gordon Kerry

Gordon Kerry is a composer and author.

Classical Music Recording
Gardener of Time. Barry Conyngham at 75

Artist/s: Ken Murray (guitar), Robert Nairn (double bass), Linda Barcan, (mezzo-soprano), The Ormond Ensemble, The Melbourne Conservatorium String Ensemble, Richard Davis (conductor)
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: 2 CDs, MOVE Records MD 3455
Reviewed by

“A wonderful collection of recent works from one of Australia’s most important composers.”

Musicology Book
Curating Opera. Reinventing the Past through Museums of Opera and Art. By Stephen Mould

Author: Stephen Mould
Category: Musicology
Ashgate Interdisciplinary Studies in Opera, Routledge, Abingdon and New York, 2021
Reviewed by

“A meticulously researched and finely detailed account, from one who knows whereof he speaks, of the concurrent rise of the opera house and the art museum, and the subsequent, mixed consequences to the art-forms’ history.”

Classical Music Recording
Thomas Meadowcroft. Speak Percussion

Artist/s: Speak Percussion: Eugene Ughetti, Leah Scholes, Matthias Schack-Arnott, John Arcaro, Laura Holian, Matthew Horsley, Peter Neville, Thomas Meadowcroft
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: MODE LC29022
Reviewed by

“Always fascinating musical meditations on migration and memory from this European-based Australian composer, given definitive readings by the ever-inventive Speak Percussion.”

Classical Music Recording
In Circles. Amy Dickson

Artist/s: Amy Dickson (saxophone), William Barton (didjeridu), Daniel de Borah( piano), Adelaide Symphony Orchestra – Nicholas Carter conductor. Music by Pessard, Sculthorpe, Falla, Macmillan, Grainger, Brahms, Barton, Vaughan Williams, Edwards
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: ABC Classic 481 7925
Reviewed by

“A beguiling collection of music drawn from various wells.”

Classical Music Recording
Frederick Septimus Kelly: Orchestral Works

Artist/s: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Benjamin Northey and Johannes Fritzsch, with soloists Christina Wilson (mezzo-soprano), Andrew Goodwin (tenor), Douglas Mackie (flute), Geoff Lierse (horn), Marshall McGuire (harp)
Category: Classical
Label: ABC Classic 481 8890
Reviewed by

“A welcome chance to get to know the work of a serious composer who might have been lost to history.”

Folk Music Recording
One Hundred Days Away. Scottish-Australian music from the collections of the National Library of Australia

Artist/s: Evergreen Ensemble. Claire Patti (soprano & Celtic harp), Emily-Rose Šárkova (piano accordion & piano), Rachel Johnston (cello), Shane Lestideau (violin/violin d’amoré), Ben Dollman (violin & viola).
Category: Folk
Label: ABC Classic 481 8463
Reviewed by

“A beautiful and imaginative document of how music travels.”

Classical Music Recording
Beethoven Piano Concertos 1 & 3, Chamber Versions

Artist/s: Australian Haydn Ensemble. Neal Peres Da Costa (soloist/fortepiano), Skye McIntosh (Artistic Director and violin), Matthew Greco (violin), Gabrielle Kancachian, James Eccles (violas), Daniel Yeadon (cello), Jacqueline Dossor (double bass), Melissa Farrow (flute)
Category: Classical, Cultural Policy
Label: ABC 481 6588. CD or online
Reviewed by

“A fine Australian ensemble takes a fresh look at two Beethoven concertos.”

Balkan Music Recording
Spinning Forth. Music by Louis De Caix D’hervelois, Marin Marais, Paul Cutlan, Llew and Mara Kiek, Hjort Anders Olsson

Artist/s: The Marais Project. Jennifer Eriksson (viola da gamba), Catherine Upex (viola da gamba),Tommie Andersson (theorbo), Matthew Bruce (baroque violin), Mikaela Oberg (baroque flute), Raymond Harvey (harpsichord), Koen van Stade (tenor)
Category: Balkan, Classical, Early Music, Folk, Music Recording, New Music
Label: MOVE Records MCD 564
Reviewed by

“A beautiful and varied collection of early and recent music for Baroque ensemble.”

Art Songs Music Recording
Jack Symonds. Cycle and Song

Artist/s: Doretta Balkizas (violin), Timo-Veikko Valve (cello), James Wannan (viola/viola d’amore), Jane Sheldon (soprano), Jason Noble (clarinet), Jack Symonds (piano)
Category: Art Songs, Classical, Music Recording, New Music
Label: Hospital Hill Records HHCD08160746
Reviewed by

“Jack Symonds’ deep knowledge of western culture informs work that is distinctive in style, sophisticated in design and presented here in masterful performances.”

Classical Music Recording
L’amant jaloux

Artist/s: Music by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry, libretto by Thomas Hales Pinchgut Opera. Soloists: Ed Lyon, Celeste Lazarenko, Andrew Goodwin, Alexandra Oomens, Jessica Aszodi, David Greco. Orchestra of the Antipodes - Brendan Joyce, leader, conducted by Erin Helyard
Category: Classical, Early Music, Opera
Reviewed by

“With a cast of fine singers and brightly agile orchestra, Erin Helyard and Pinchgut Opera bring joyful energy to Grétry’s endearing and funny show.”

Classical Music Recording
Beethoven: Symphony No.9, ‘Choral’

Artist/s: Australian World Orchestra, Sydney Philharmonia Choir conducted by Alexander Briger, with soloists Cheryl Barker (soprano), Elizabeth Campbell (mezzo), Steve Davislim (tenor), Teddy Tahu Rhodes (baritone)
Category: Classical
Label: Deutsche Grammophon/ABC Classics 481 0550
Reviewed by

“A fine record, in two senses, of the birth of a major Australian performing ensemble.”

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