Browsing: Classical

Music Recording

Category:Classical, Folk, Jazz, New Music

Artist(s): Aurora Heinrich (double bass), Claire Anne Taylor (lyrics, voice) Danny Healy (bass clarinet, clarinet), Emily Sheppard (composer, violin, viola), Michael Kieran Harvey (piano, prepared piano). 

Label: ABC Classic Commission. All streaming services.

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

“Age-old is a concept album about the human condition at varying life stages and from diverse perspectives. That this important subject is explored and rendered through the medium of music with such meaning and beauty is a credit to all involved in this masterful work.”

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Music Live

Category:Arias, Art Songs, Classical, Music Live, Opera

Artist(s): Eva Kong, soprano and Alex Raineri, pianist

Location, Date: Brisbane Music Festival, Saturday August 15, 2020, online from Brisbane.

Reviewed by: Stephen Mould

“This was an exemplary recital in both the planning and the execution, demonstrating a strong musical collaboration between Alex Raineri and Eva Kong and celebrating their wide musical interests.  A wonderful tribute to the resilience of the performing arts during difficult times.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical

Artist(s): Australian orchestras, choirs, soloists. 17 orchestral, choral or solo piano works.

Label: ABC Classics 481 5579, from the series 1000 Years of Classical Music

Reviewed by: Stephen Mould

A well-chosen selection of works from this multifaceted composer, given performances imbued with a sympathetic understanding. The disc is highly recommended for all lovers of Grainger’s music and to those curious to know more.

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Michael Kieran Harvey, piano

Label: Move Records MD 3404 [Double CD]

Reviewed by: Michael Hannan

“Julian Yu’s 126 Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star for piano is a tour de force of compositional craft, brilliantly interpreted by pianist Michael Kieran Harvey.” Julian Yu has already had significant success with his variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little…

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Music Recording

Category:Choral music, Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): Australian Chamber Choir conducted by Douglas Lawrence AM

Label: MOVE Records MCD 607

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Seventeen tracks compiled from live concert recordings show the beautiful tone, flawless intonation, and excellent balance between the parts that the Australian Chamber Choir has achieved under conductor Douglas Lawrence AM. Favourite works from 1400s to the end of the Baroque period are interspersed with some worthy, but lesser known, pieces on this superb CD.”

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Music Recording

Category:Avant Pop, Contemporary, New Music

Artist(s): Leider. Rishin Singh (trombone & music & lyrics), Annie Gårlid (viola & voice), Derek Shirley (cello & percussion) and Stine Sterne (flute & voice)

Label: Beacon Sound. LP and digital.

https://beaconsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-fog-like-liars-loving

Reviewed by: Joseph Cummins

It is certainly a very beautiful album, and also very addictive. A Fog Like Liars Loving is a first collection of what I hope will be much more music from Rishin Singh and Leider.

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Music Recording

Category:Classical

Artist(s): Zoe Knighton, cello, Amir Farid, piano

Label: Move Records MD 3367

www.move.com.au

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

This CD was immediately appealing given my love for all things turn of the century (19th to 20th) the wondrous contribution of the French to all aspects of that time’s aesthetic, my relatively nouveau affaire d’amour with the cello and…

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Jeanell Carrigan, piano. Works by McKay, Webb, Hannan, Polglase, Davidson, Isaacs.

Label: Australian Music Centre VAST032.2

Reviewed by: Houston Dunleavy

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…

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Music Recording

Category:Arias, Art Songs, Classical, Opera

Artist(s): Lorina Gore (soprano), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marko Letonja

Label: ABC 481 6297

Reviewed by: Jane Edwards

“Lorina Gore’s prodigious vocal gifts are on display throughout, stamping her as a great Australian coloratura of this generation.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical

Artist(s): Roger Benedict (viola), Simon Tedeschi (piano)

Label: ABC Classics 481 6751

Reviewed by: John Weretka

“Benedict and Tedeschi prove powerful advocates for Schumann’s ‘fantastick’ style but Schubert gets lost in translation.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Acacia Quartet: Lisa Steward, Myee Clohessy (violins), Stefan Duwe (viola), Anna Martin-Scrase (cello). Mozart String Quartet #15 K421; Chance String Quartet #2, Sundried; Dvorak Quartet in F Major, American

Label: MOVE Records MCD626

Purchase/download: http://www.move.com.au/disc/acacia-quartet-mozart-dvorak-chance

Reviewed by: Philip Pogson

“There are many fine string quartets on the Australian musical landscape. The Acacia Quartet has earned their place amongst the best.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Alicia Crossley, with Joshua Hill, Anna Fraser, Vatche Jambazian, Victoria Jacono, Ben Carey

Label: Self-release

www.aliciacrossley.com.au www.soundcloud.com.au/alicia-crossley

Reviewed by: Gwen Bennett

Ken Tribe used to speak of the “bootstraps principle”. He was a member of the first Music Board of the Australia Council in the early 1970s when it was developing policies for performance grants; his notion was that aspiring musicians…

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz, Benjamin Northey, conductors. Andrew Macleod, piccolo

Label: ABC Classics 481 0862

Reviewed by: Gordon Kerry

Once upon a time British music was seen by an aspiring Australian avant-garde as incorrigibly conservative. A semi-mythical figure, the English organist-composer, minted by one or other Oxbridge college, would descend on Australia and, taking up an academic or other…

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Music Recording

Category:Art Songs, Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Anne Cawrse (Composer), Australian String Quartet – Dale Barltrop (Violin 1), Francesca Hiew (Violin 2), Stephen King (Viola), Sharon Grigoryan (Cello); Bethany Hill (Soprano), Cameron Hill (Violin), Helen Ayres (Violin), Martin Alexander (Viola), Ewan Bramble (Cello), Aleksandr Tsiboulski (Guitar), Slava Grigoryan (Guitar).

Label: ABC Classics ABCL0012D, CD and digital

http://www.annecawrse.com/

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

“It makes perfect sense to me that one’s own music should reflect who you are as a person, and the things that are most precious to you.” – Anne Cawrse

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Music Recording

Category:Arias, Classical, Music Recording, Opera

Artist(s): Emma Matthews (soprano), Melbourne Symphony Orchestra cond. Andrea Molino

Label: ABC Classics 481 4236

www.abcclassics.com

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“This splendid recording of bel canto operatic arias, performed by the leading Australian soprano, Emma Matthews, represents the span of her career to date. It is a treasure trove: jaw-dropping coloratura and glorious tone from Matthews and wonderfully sympathetic playing by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra under the baton of maestro Andrea Molino.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, South Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, various conductors

Label: ABC Classics 481 1210

Reviewed by: Gordon Kerry

What with the perils of internet piracy, the impending death of classical music and the end of the civilisation as we know it, the recording business faces one or two challenges. These are met with various strategies, ranging from the…

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Music Recording

Category:Classical, Opera

Artist(s): Latonia Moore (Aida), Walter Fraccaro (Radamès), Milijana Nikolic (Amneris), Michael Honeyman (Amonasro), David Parkin (Ramfis), Dubinsky (The King Gennadi), Eva Kong (High priestess), Benjamin Rasheed (Messenger) Opera Australia Chorus, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra Brian Castles-Onion (conductor), Gale Edwards (director), Opera Australia (production)

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“The main attraction of this Aida by Opera Australia lies in the splendid singing of the two female leads, rather than in any compelling staging or novel conception of this magnificent late opera of Verdi. Latonia Moore has the perfect voice for Aida, and the role of Amneris, sung by Milijana Nikolic, is also wonderfully realised.”

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Music Recording

Category:Classical

Artist(s): David Drury (organ), Sydney Town Hall Organ, St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne organ.

Label: 3CD & Digital Album .ABC 481 8202, digital ABC 4818202)

Reviewed by: John Weretka

“Prayers are answered: Drury’s summa of organ playing from the mid-nineteenth to the late-twentienth centuries is crowned by works by Liszt, Reger and Jackson.”

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