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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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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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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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Category:Art Songs, Classical, Early Music

Artist(s): The Marais Project, Russell Harcourt (countertenor), Susie Bishop (soprano/ violin), Tommie Andersson (theorbo/9-string guitar/9-course lute), Catherine Upex (viola da gamba), Jennifer Eriksson (viola da gamba), Anthony Abouhamad (continuo organ)

Label: CD, Move Records MCD633

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

“The pieces on this album have been meticulously curated to explore universal themes from multiple perspectives. The unity of purpose imbued in the performances is a delight.”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, Music Recording, Musical Theatre

Artist(s): Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone). Nexas Quartet: Michael Duke (soprano saxophone), Andrew Smith (alto saxophone), Nathan Henshaw (tenor saxophone), Jay Byrnes (baritone saxophone), Benjamin Burton (piano)

Label: ABC Classics 576 2204

www.abcclassics.com

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

Baritone Peter Coleman-Wright and the Nexas Quartet bring us a fascinating glimpse into the period of the fall of the Weimar Republic, when music was the language of defiance and protest, as well as of love and beauty in a world on the brink of catastrophe…

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, Music Recording, New Music

Artist(s): Ayşe Göknur Shanal (soprano), Patrick Keith, Erberk Eryilmaz, Ross Fiddes (piano)

Label: Wirripang Wirr 707

http://www.australiancomposers.com.au

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“The wonderful Turkish-Australian soprano Ayşe Göknur Shanal performs new song cycles by contemporary Australasian composers, and the sheer beauty and dramatic power of her voice left me profoundly moved.”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, New Music, Opera

Artist(s): Soloists: Lorina Gore, Silvia Colloca, Catherine Bouchier, Jud Arthur, Nicholas Jones, David Hamilton, Barry Ryan, Peter Coleman-Wright, soloists. David Stanhope and His Orchestra.Digital realisation of the orchestral score. “The first time an opera has ever been commercially presented with a digital orchestra.” Opera, New Music. 

Label:  2 CDs. Tall Poppies

Reviewed by: Stephen Mould

“This disc is strongly recommended to those interested in opera, Australian music, and further to those who are inclined to perform new Australian operas.”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, Music Recording

Artist(s): Siobhan Stagg, soprano; Amir Farid, piano

Label: Move Records MD 3360

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Siobhan Stagg has a voice of astounding beauty and working with the wonderful Amir Farid on piano, the duo present a memorable recital of Romantic art songs.” The hugely talented Melbournian soprano Siobhan Stagg recorded this beautiful collection of Romantic…

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, Music Recording

Artist(s): Margaret Schindler (soprano), Philip Mayers (piano)

Label: Wirripang Wirr 076

http://www.AustralianComposers.com.au

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Another very enjoyable release from Wirripang: thirty- two Australian songs, most composed pre WW11 – an era when we felt we still belonged in the “Old Country” and our songs were still populated by fairies, pipers and shepherds, and spring sprang forth in May! The performances are excellent from Margaret Schindler, soprano, accompanied by her long-time colleague, Philip Mayers, on piano.”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, Music Recording, New Music

Artist(s): Doretta Balkizas (violin), Timo-Veikko Valve (cello), James Wannan (viola/viola d’amore), Jane Sheldon (soprano), Jason Noble (clarinet), Jack Symonds (piano)

Label: Hospital Hill Records HHCD08160746

Reviewed by: Gordon Kerry

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

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, Music Recording, New Music

Artist(s): Halcyon: Alison Morgan (soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano). With Laura Chislett Jones (piccolo and flutes), Jason Noble (clarinet and bass clarinet), Geoffrey Gartner (cello), William Jackson and Joshua Hill (percussion)

Label: Tall Poppies TP236

www.tallpoppies.net

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Kingfisher” has fine performances of 21 songs recently composed especially for Halcyon, and offers a valuable insight into the field of recent Australian composition for vocal chamber ensemble.

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Barry Ryan OAM (baritone) and Jeanell Carrigan AM (piano)

Label: Wirripang Media Wirr093

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“These beautifully wrought songs by George Palmer AM QC (b.1947) will undoubtedly take their place in anthologies of the best Australian art songs. With his excellent choice of texts and the strength of his music, they seem quintessentially Australian, and the performances by Barry Ryan and Jeanell Carrigan are absolutely top class.”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical

Artist(s): Stacey Alleaume (soprano), Amir Farid (pianist), Zoe Knighton (cellist), Erica Kennedy (violinist)

Label: MOVE Records  MCD 613

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Stacey Alleaume, a multi-award – winning soprano and Opera Australia principal has released her debut album of art songs from the late Romantic period. The choices suit her superb voice perfectly and with such excellent support from the pianist Amir Farid, there are many delights to enjoy on this disc.” 

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, Music Recording

Artist(s): Louise Page (soprano), Phillipa Candy (piano), The Linden String Quartet: Marina Marsden, Emily Long (violins), Justine Marsden (viola), Elizaberth Neville (cello), Janet Webb (flute)

Label: Wirripang Wirr 050

http://www.AustralianComposers.com.au

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“A fine CD from Wirripang of chamber works by the Australian composer Horace Keats (1895-1945) with superb performances from the artists: Louise Page (soprano), The Linden String Quartet, Phillipa Candy (piano) and Janet Webb (flute).”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical

Artist(s): Kevin Hanrahan (tenor), Diana Blom (piano)

Label: Wirripang (Wirr 094)

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“Hanrahan and Blom give excellent performances of nineteen songs from the last three decades. The works themselves vary from memorable to mediocre, and while none explored an original or distinctive approach to this genre, the disc is very enjoyable.”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical

Artist(s): Taryn Fiebig (soprano) and Scott Davie (pianist). Songs by Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, Poulenc and Hahn. 

Label:  ABC Classic digital album 0028948556151

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“A superb studio recording of well-known songs from the Romantic period performed by soprano Taryn Fiebig and pianist Scott Davie. It is one of the best lieder recitals released by ABC  Classics in recent years.”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical

Artist(s): David Greco (baritone), Erin Helyard (fortepiano)

Label: ABC Classics 4817470

Reviewed by: John Weretka

“Fine in its details, Greco and Helyard’s Winterreise stops short of giving a unified vision of Schubert’s late, great song cycle.”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical, Folk, Fusion

Artist(s): Evergreen Ensemble. Shane Lestideau (director/baroque violin/backing vocals), Claire Patti (vocals/celtic harp), Samantha Cohen (theorbo/baroque guitar), Jenny Eriksson (viola da gamba)

Label: Move Records MCD 584

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“This fine Victorian-based ensemble led by Australian master fiddler and baroque violinist, Shane Lestideau, present arrangements of beautiful ancient Scottish and Swedish folksongs, interspersed with 18th century baroque string sonatas, and a new composition by Alice Chance.”

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Category:Art Songs, Classical

Artist(s): Helen Zhibing Huang (soprano), Ada Arumeh Kim Lowery (pianist), Jane Bishop (flautist) and James Larsen (cellist)

Label: Xenophone n.2001

http://www.xenofone.com.au

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

The disc includes two excellent song cycles plus some earlier songs, all composed by Aristéa Mellos since 2013. The cycle Songs for a Day was specifically written for the soprano Helen Zhibing Huang and pianist Ada Arumeh Kim, and their performance is very moving. Huang’s dramatic ability and beauty of tone does full justice to all these well-crafted songs.

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