Browsing: Choral music

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:Choral music, Classical, New Music

Artist(s): Breath of Thunder: Riley Lee (shakuhachi), Kaoru Watanabe (shinobue/nohkan/wadaiko), Taikoz (wadaiko), Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Gerard Salonga. Avem Asperitas: Momentum Ensemble (Australian Youth Orchestra) conducted by Daniel Carter. Hymns in Reverie: The Philharmonic Chorus of Tokyo conducted by Kazuki Yamada,   Hideki Ikegami (percussion), Mizuki Aita (percussion)

Label: CD, or digital download available through Bandcamp

https://lachlanskipworth.bandcamp.com/album/lachlan-skipworth-breath-of-thunder-avem-asperitas-hymns-in-reverie

Reviewed by: Mandy Stefanakis

“Lachlan Skipworth’s vista is an all-embracing one, heaven and earth, middle earth and beyond, and yet he has managed to realise these big ideas with vision, clarity and passion on this album.”

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Music Recording

Category:Choral music, Classical, Music Recording

Artist(s): Sara Macliver (soprano), Sally-Anne Russell (mezzo-soprano), Paul McMahon (tenor), Teddy Tahu Rhodes (bass-baritone), Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes. Conducted by Antony Walker

Label: ABC Classics 481 2517

Reviewed by: Jane Edwards

“Youthful Antipodeans come up with delightful and fresh Mozart, re-released by ABC Classics.”

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Music Live

Category:Choral music, Classical, Improvisation, Music Live, New Music

Artist(s): Over three performances: 1. QCGU Strings conducted by Graeme Jennings. 2. The Australian Voices directed by Gordon Hamilton. 3. Clocked Out (Vanessa Tomlinson [percussion] and Erik Griswold [prepared piano]) with Simone De Haan (trombone), Anne Le Baron (harp), Brodie McAllister (trombone group director), Ben Marks (sound relocation), QCGU trombones (11 players) and QCGU percussion (8 players)

Reviewed by: Michael Hannan

New Sounds Brisbane was a festival of new music over two days. This review encompasses three performances on day two.

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Music Recording

Category:Arias, Art Songs, Choral music, Classical

Artist(s): Compilation by ABC Classic FM in 2016. 100 tracks. Nearly all artists are Australian.

Label: 8 CDs. ABC Classics 481 4956

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“These discs are an absolute treasure trove and if anyone is looking for the perfect Christmas gift  for a music lover – here it is!”

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Music Recording

Category:Choral music, Classical, New Music, Plainchant

Artist(s): Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne. Michael Leighton Jones (conductor), John O’Donnell and Hugh Fullarton (organ), Jonathan Bradley (piano)

Label: ABC digital download (free)

https://www.abcmusic.com.au/discography/ubi-cartas-choir-trinity-college-melbourne-michael-leighton-jones

Reviewed by: Inge Southcott

“This digital album is a selection of beautiful works by contemporary composers in the English Anglican cathedral choral tradition, recorded by the Choir of Trinity College, Melbourne under the expert direction of Michael Leighton Jones. The singing is superb.”

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Music Recording

Category:Choral music, Classical, Music Recording, New Music

Artist(s): The Cambridge Singers dir. John Rutter, Gondwana Voices dir. Lyn Williams/Mark O’Leary, Sydney Children’s Choir dir. Lyn Williams, Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum dir. Benjamin Nicholas, Adelaide Girls’ Choir dir. Timothy Sexton, Choir of Trinity College Melbourne dir. Michael Leighton Jones. Soloists: Caroline Ashton (soprano), Laurence Kilsby (treble), Gabriel Crouch ( baritone)

Label: ABC Classics 481 2230

Reviewed by: Jane Edwards

“John Rutter’s profound understanding of choral writing shines through, in this broad range of sacred and secular works, showcasing Australian and English choirs.”

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