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28 June 2015

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in July 2015

Australian music on ABC Classic FM in July 2015

July broadcasts from the 7th Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition (MICMC) include three live-to-air performances each of the required Australian works by the finalists in the two categories. In 2015, the Australian works are Connor D'Netto's String Quartet No 2 in E minor and Michael Bakrncev's Piano Trio No 2 Janino. Their music will be heard in the company of staples of the quartet and piano trio repertoire by the likes of Beethoven and Schubert. You'll also hear Australian competitors the Patronus Quartet playing Paul Stanhope's Elegies and Dances in Round 2.

Sydney Symphony Orchestra revisit Andrew Schultz's recent work Sound Lur and Serpent written for the orchestra's 2014 China tour. And there's a chance to re-hear brass music by Christopher Gordon, Scott Kinmont, Andrew Batterham, and Phil Slater and James Greening, recorded at the 2014 Sydney International Brass Festival, and piano works performed by the composer Ashley Hribar, recorded in recital in the ABC's Adelaide studios in 2013.

Elsewhere in the schedule there's a strong Australian music from disc and from the back catalogue of ABC Classic FM recordings in Music Overnights. A random but representative sampling from the night of 1 July turns up over 70 minutes of Australian music during the six-hour program, composed by Ross Edwards, Carl Vine, Peter Sculthorpe, Graeme Koehne, Miriam Hyde, Richard Meale, Brett Dean, Mark Isaacs, Phillip Houghton and May Howlett. Overnights on 3 July even kicks off with over an hour of Australian music in the form of two big pieces - Malcolm Williamson's Concerto for Two Pianos and Strings, followed by Mark Isaacs's solo piano cycle Children's Songs.

Evenings also often features some more substantial Australian compositions. Julie Howard kicks off her evening on 3 July with the Richard Mills Trumpet Concerto and Carl Vine's Symphony No 5 (Percussion). And Saturday Evenings with Graham Abbott features Australian music selections following the 8pm concert, including less familiar tracks such as Andrew Schultz's setting of the words of Isaac Newton Lines drawn from silence, and emerging composer Brad Gill's Light, Snow, Suicide for solo piano on Saturday 11th.

Online the New Waves podcast wraps up a series from the recent Totally Huge New Music festival in Perth and launches into 'Music for Strings and i-things' featuring recordings from a concert by Adelaide's Zephyr Quartet with new music by Adelaidians Brendan Woithe, Luke Harrald, Al Thumm and Zephyr artistic director and cellist Hilary Kleinig, and a commission from Cat Hope, director of the Perth-based Decibel Ensemble.

Australian music broadcast schedule

Friday 3 July
9.00pm EVENINGS: 2014 Sydney International Brass Festival
Peter Baker, piano; Simon Barker, drums; Jessica Cottis, conductor; James Greening, trombone, Robert Johnson, horn; Scott Kinmont, euphonium; Matt McMahon, keyboards; Misa Mead, euphonium; Stephen Mead, euphonium; Michael Mulcahy, conductor/trombone; Brendan Parravacine, horn; Rex Richardson, trumpet; Phil Slater, trumpet; Roland Szentpali, tuba; Jonathan Zwartz, double bass; American Horn Quartet; Ocean 8 Tuba Euphonium Ensemble; SIBF Artist Brass Ensemble; SIBF Chamber Strings Orchestra; SIBF Trumpet Ensemble Includes: Christopher Gordon - Fanfare for All Nations; Scott Kinmont - Refuge (for Euphonium and Brass); Andrew Batterham - And The Angel Gabriel Said...; Phil Slater and James Greening - Seasons with Exceptions.

Saturday 4 July
10.00pm EVENINGS: Tracks following 8pm concert include Malcolm Williamson - Piano Concerto No 4.

Saturday 11 July
10.00pm EVENINGS: Tracks following 8pm concert include …
Brad Gill - Light, Snow, Suicide; Andrew Schultz - Lines drawn from silence

Thursday 16 July
9.30pm EVENINGS: MICMC, Round 2 String Quartets 7 & 8 - Giocoso String Quartet; Patronus Quartet
Includes: Paul Stanhope - Elegies and Dances

Saturday 18 July
2.00pm AFTERNOONS: MICMC (LIVE), Piano Trios Final - (3 finalists)
Featuring: 3 performances of Michael Bakrnčev's Piano Trio No 2 Janino (alongside piano trios by Ravel, Schubert, Schumann, Dvorak, Rihm, Beethoven and Shostakovitch), broadcast from Melbourne Recital Centre.
7.00pm EVENINGS: MICMC (LIVE), String Quartes Final - (3 finalists)
Featuring: three performances of Connor D'Netto's String Quartet No 2 in E minor (alongside quartets by Beethoven, Dvořak, Hindemith, Brahms, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Bartók and Britten), broadcast from Melbourne Recital Centre.

Saturday 25 July
8.00pm AFTERNOONS: Sydney Symphony Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko; Simon Trpceski, piano. Includes: Andrew Schultz - Sound Lur and Serpent - Fanfare

Friday 31 July
10.30pm Recitals Australia - Ashley Hribar, piano (and voice)
Includes: Ashley Hribar - ASH Fantasie; Paganini Variations


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