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Classical Music Recording
126 Variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Composed by Julian Yu

Artist/s: Michael Kieran Harvey, piano
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Move Records MD 3404 [Double CD]
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“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…

Avant Pop Music Recording
A Fog Like Liars’ Loving. Leider ensemble

Artist/s: Leider. Rishin Singh (trombone & music & lyrics), Annie Gårlid (viola & voice), Derek Shirley (cello & percussion) and Stine Sterne (flute & voice)
Category: Avant Pop, Contemporary, New Music
Label: Beacon Sound. LP and digital.
https://beaconsound.bandcamp.com/album/a-fog-like-liars-loving
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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.

Classical Music Recording
A Little Variation: Variation Form as Used by Australian Composers

Artist/s: Jeanell Carrigan, piano. Works by McKay, Webb, Hannan, Polglase, Davidson, Isaacs.
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Australian Music Centre VAST032.2
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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…

Classical Music Recording
Addicted to Bass. Seven Premiere Australian works for Bass Recorder

Artist/s: Alicia Crossley, with Joshua Hill, Anna Fraser, Vatche Jambazian, Victoria Jacono, Ben Carey
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Self-release
www.aliciacrossley.com.au www.soundcloud.com.au/alicia-crossley
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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…

Classical Music Recording
Adès: Polaris – Voyage for Orchestra. Stanhope: Piccolo Concerto

Artist/s: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Markus Stenz, Benjamin Northey, conductors. Andrew Macleod, piccolo
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 0862
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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…

Classical Music Recording
Agony and Ecstasy: Australian Music from the Time of Arthur Boyd

Artist/s: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, South Australian Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, various conductors
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 481 1210
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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…

Classical Music Recording
Andrew Anderson: Piano Quartets 1 & 2. Australia Piano Quartet 

Artist/s: Australia Piano Quartet - Kristian Winther (violin), James Wannan (viola), Thomas Rann (cello),  Daniel de Borah (piano) 
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Navona Records NV6235
https://www.navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6235/
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A superb recording of works by a composer that deserves to be better known, and an ensemble deserving of greater profile.

Classical Music Recording
Andrew Batterham – Trumpet Concerto. David Elton and Sydney String Virtuosi

Artist/s: David Elton (trumpet) and Sydney String Virtuosi conducted by Umberto Clerici 
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Digital EP ABC Classic | ABC 0028948556939. Commissioned by the ABC
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“With this composition David Batterham has successfully balanced striking melodic invention with the stark virtuosity of David Elton’s outstanding trumpet playing to extend the possibilities of the instrument within the concerto form.”

Classical Music Recording
Andrew Schultz Piano Music

Artist/s: Antony Gray (piano)
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 078 (2016)
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“Andrew Schultz’s impressive piano music collection is deeply rooted in the unique resonant qualities of the instrument. His long-time collaborator, Antony Gray, interprets the works with both sensitivity and panache.”

Classical Music Recording
Antarctic Triptych. By Jabra Latham. Tasmanian Symphony

Artist/s: Andrew Seymour (clarinet), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra cond. Greg Stephens. Jabra Latham - emerging Tasmanian composer.
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Digital EP only, ABC 0028948553655
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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.

Classical Music Recording
Antarctica. New music for toy piano and/or piano

Artist/s: Antonietta Loffredo, piano
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Wirripang Wirr 059
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Antarctica, released on the Wirripang label, presents 11 composers’ interpretations of earth’s most southern continent, exploring the delicate, unmistakable and endearing timbre of the toy piano (there are in fact two featured throughout the compilation), as well as that of…

Classical Music Recording
Astra 60. Piano works by Keith Humble, Helen Gifford, Margaret Boland, Tom Henry, Mark Pollard, Warren Burt and Lawrence Whiffin

Artist/s: Michael Kieran Harvey piano
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Michael Kieran Harvey Collection. Move Records (MD 3357, 2012)
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Melbourne’s Astra Chamber Music Society has for many years provided a cultural enclave for musical modernism, and this recording of Australian piano works is no different. All the compositions on this CD can be described as non-tonal or post-tonal, though…

Big Band Music Recording
Aubade & Nocturne: Music of Sally Greenaway

Artist/s: Sally Greenaway; Royal College of Music Symphony Orchestra; Luminescence Chamber Choir; Trichotomy; others
Category: Big Band, Classical, Jazz, Music Recording, New Music
Label: Self-release
www.sallygreenaway.com.au
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Young composers with the stamina and wherewithal to independently fund, record, and produce their own albums are rare. Sally Greenaway has managed it three times. Her first two records focused on the big band. This album, her first art music…

Classical Music Recording
Aulos Australis. Sonatas for Flute and Piano by Australian Women.

Artist/s: James Kortum (flute), Jeanell Carrigan (piano). Composers are Meta Overman, Miriam Hyde, Phyllis Batchelor, Margery Smith.
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Wirripang, 2020 Wirr 096
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“Aulos Australis sees accomplished Sydney-based flautist James Kortum and pianist Jeanell Carrigan present a valuable account of flute sonatas composed by Australian women stretching over the second half of the twentieth century.”

Classical Music Recording
Australian Portrait. Music by Hindson, Batterham, Broadstock, Boyd, Smetanin, Zadro

Artist/s: HD Duo. Michael Duke, saxophones; David Howie, piano
Category: Classical, New Music
Label: Cala CACD77013
http://www.calarecords.com/acatalog/info_CACD77013.html
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It was, if memory serves, the late John Dankworth who described the soprano saxophone as ‘an ill woodwind that nobody blows any good’. That’s not, of course, true in the case of Dankworth himself, nor in that of Michael Duke.…

Classical Music Recording
Australian Voices: Mondrian Interiors. Works by Stuart Greenbaum

Artist/s: ANAM musicians featuring Jessica Fotinos (harp)
Category: Classical, New Music
ANAM 1501 (2015)
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This recording project is a spinoff of the “Australian Voices” series of concerts, a collaboration between the Melbourne Recital Centre and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM). The CD consists of three works by Melbourne-based composer Stuart Greenbaum performed…

Classical Music Recording
Bach. Piano transcriptions by Reger, Vaughan Williams, Busoni, Goossens, Grainger, Saint-Saëns, Martucci and others.

Artist/s: Antony Gray
Category: Classical, Early Music, New Music
Label: ABC Classics 4765171 (3 CDs)
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When period-instrument performances of Baroque music became mainstream in the 1970s, it must have seemed like a breath of fresh air after the sort of outings in which, as Debussy once put it, Bach seems to ‘bear the weight of…

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