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25 September 2007

ABC Classic FM Australian music highlights - October 2007

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October on ABC Classic FM sees the launch on New Music Up Late of Val Camonica online, a special series of free music downloads of pieces from the David Young series. Recorded in studio with Libra Ensemble conducted by Mark Knoop in Melbourne earlier this year, several of the downloads will include original video art by hand-painted-film artist Louise Curran.

Another highlight is the live-to-air broadcast of Paul Grabowsky’s Hush project with the Goldner String Quartet and oboist Diana Doherty. The month ends with the Classic 100 Concertos countdown, the results of which remain a secret – though I can say that the top 100 audience choices do include a number of Australian concertos!

New Music Uplate (with Julian Day)

Saturday 6 October 10.30pm

Brisbane Contrasts
Tonight we take a listen to some contrasting voices from the Brisbane music scene, with recordings of Elision Ensemble on tour and a recent studio recording of the percussion music of Erik Griswold, among others.

Saturday 13 October 10.30pm

From Cave Paintings To Contemporary Sounds
Tonight we premiere Val Camonica by David Young, a series created in response to prehistoric cave paintings in northern Italy. The entire work, performed by Libra Ensemble, will be released as downloads on our website over the coming weeks.

Saturday 20 October 10.30pm

Cage In Melbourne
Many of John Cage’s key associates will be in Melbourne for this year’s Melbourne Festival, and Australian musicians and other performance artists are cooking up a Cage-style ‘musicircus’. We’ll be talking to Australian and international artists associated with the ‘Cage-fest’ and hearing some of their work.

In Performance

Wednesday 10 October 8.00pm

Healing Songs – Paul Grabowsky
Paul Grabowsky (piano), Goldner String Quartet, Diana Doherty (oboe). Direct broadcast of the HUSH project from the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney.

Saturday 20 October

Choir of Westminster Abbey, Robert Quinney (organ), James O’Donnell (conductor). Direct broadcast from the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Incl. Ross Edwards – Mountain Chant: I O quam preciosa; III The Lord’s Prayer

Weekend Life

Saturday 13 October 12.05pm

Twin Cellists Pei-Jee Ng (cello), Pei-Sian Ng (cello), David Tong (piano). Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin – Phoenix Story for two cellos*

Saturday 20 October 3.00pm

Victor Sangiorgio (piano). Incl. Carl Vine – Bagatelles

Rising Stars

Sunday 21 October 9.05am

Hephzibah Menuhin Memorial Award 2006 - Piano Finalists. Ronald Ho (piano), Conrad Olsen (piano). Incl. Carl Vine – Piano Sonata No 1: 1st mvt & Percy Grainger – Handel in the Strand.

Sunday Live

Direct broadcast from the new ABC Fielder Street Studios, East Perth. Because of the time zone difference in WA, concert-goers in Perth should be seated by 12.50pm for a 1pm performance start. Entry is free. As seating is limited, patrons should register their intention to attend by phoning 1300 766 282, leaving their name and the number of persons attending.

Sunday 21 October 3.00pm

Tamsyn Stock-Stafford (soprano), Alex Millier (clarinet), Marilyn Phillips (piano). Incl. Margaret Sutherland – The Orange Tree; Moya Henderson – Wild Card, the Dorothy Hewett Song Cycle: 3 songs.

Just Classics

Just Classics, selected by Felix Hayman, has a sprinkling of Australian classics this month:

Thursday 11 October 11.05am

Dame Emma Kirkby (soprano), Anthony Rooley. Incl. Robert Jones – If in this flesh; Francis Pilkington – Come all ye; John Bartlett – Sweet birdes deprive us never.

Monday 15 October 11.05am

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (conductor). Incl. Percy Grainger – Mock Morris & Molly on the Shore; Cantillation, Sinfonia Australis, Antony Walker (conductor). Incl. Percy Grainger – Scotch Strathsepy and Reel; Irish Tune from County Derry.

Wednesday 17 October

Sydney Symphony, Dobbs Franks (conductor). Incl. Miriam Hyde – Village Fair.

Thursday 18 October

The Cove Chamber Orchestra, Stephen Williams (conductor). Incl. George Palmer –Two Waltzes; Sydney Symphony, Dene Olding, Stuart Challender. Incl. Ross Edwards – Maninyas

Weekday Afternoons

Weekday Afternoons, selected by Julia Howard, has a particularly liberal sprinkling of Australian music on disc this month:

Monday 1 October 4.05pm

Incl. Andrew Ford – Australian Birds Discover the Music of the 20th Century: A brolga behaves like Bartók; A parrot preens to Arvo Pärt; A scrub fowl succumbs to Sculthorpe; Peter Sculthorpe – Kakadu.

Thursday 4 October 4.05pm

Saffire, the Australian Guitar Quartet. Incl. Nigel Westlake – Six Fish.

Monday 8 October 4.05pm

Incl. Grant Foster – Eight Voyages for Piano: Moscow ; Elena Kats-Chernin – Zoom and Zip ; Grant Foster – Rhapsody for Piano and Orchestra (War Peace Love).

Friday 12 October 4.05pm

Lisa Moore (piano). Incl. Elena Kats-Chernin – Schubert Blues; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Ola Rudner (conductor) Incl. Carl Vine – Smith’s Alchemy.

Monday 15 October 4.05pm

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble. Incl. Percy Grainger – Theme and Variations ; Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Werner Andreas Albert (conductor). Incl. Philip Bracanin – Symphony No 3.

Tuesday 16 October 4.05pm

Synergy Percussion. Incl. Ross Edwards – Dragonfly Dance; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills (conductor). Incl. Ross Edwards – Chorale and Ecstatic Dance (Enyato I).

Thursday 18 October 4.05pm

Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Myer Fredman (conductor). Incl. Arthur Benjamin – Overture to an Italian Comedy; Anneliese Gill (piano), Colin Brumby – Harlequinade; West Australian Symphony Orchestra, David Measham (conductor), John Carmichael Concerto Folklorico.

Monday 22 October 4.05pm

Byzantine-Mallon Duo. Incl. Phillip Houghton – From the Dreaming: Wildflower ; Karin Schaupp (guitar), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills (conductor). Incl. Ross Edwards – Guitar Concerto.

Tuesday 23 October 4.05pm

Lorne Munroe (cello), Jonathan Feldman (piano). Incl. Arthur Benjamin – Sonatina in A minor; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, David Porcelijn (conductor). Incl. Matthew Hindson Speed.



Stephen Adams is a composer of concert music, music theatre and digital music, and recent collaborations include working with the Opera Project, Sydney Chamber Choir and The Song Company. Since 2004, he has been working full-time at ABC Classic FM in the development of Australian music programming, recording and commissioning projects, online Australian music presentation, and more recently as co-producer of CFM’s New Music Up Late program.


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