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23 August 2010

Australian Music on ABC Classic FM in September 2010

Australian Music on ABC Classic FM in September 2010

In September on ABC Classic FM we mark the 50th anniversary of the death of versatile expatriate composer Arthur Benjamin with a new Music Makers documentary and a studio recording of his piano music featuring a raft of Australian premieres. We also hear world premieres of new works from prominent Australian composers Elena Kats-Chernin, Andrew Ford and Peter Sculthorpe. And we catch some recent performances of Australian music at the BBC Proms and Scotland's famous Edinburgh Festival.

Online we continue to grow our classic/amp collection which recently saw the addition of Nigel Butterley's 1966 studio classic In the Head the Fire among others. And you can subscribe to our AMU podcast series for more new recordings of new Australian music from around the country.

Music Makers

With Mairi Nicolson

Sunday 5 September 12.05pm - Arthur Benjamin: The Man and his Music
Written and presented by Wendy Hiscocks

Wendy Hiscocks explores the life of Arthur Benjamin, the Australian-born composer who died in London 50 years ago. Benjamin is probably best known for writing Jamaican Rumba; he was also among the ranks of those fine composers who wrote music for British films in the 1930s. Benjamin learnt to improvise at the piano early in his Brisbane childhood, and his training at the Royal College of Music was cut short when he enlisted in the army at the outbreak of World War I. But his determination, natural musical gifts and sheer hard work led to a notable career in England and Canada as a composer, pianist, teacher and conductor. Benjamin's wit and beautiful sense of craftsmanship pervade his more light-hearted scores, and his larger scale dramatic works - such as the Symphony and the opera A Tale of Two Cities - explore human tragedy with genuine compassion. These various qualities all contributed to the 'inner style' that Benjamin considered so important in his music.
Wendy Hiscocks is a composer and pianist, and the author of the first biography of Benjamin, to be published soon.

Saturday Session

Saturday 4 September 3.00pm - Arthur Benjamin Anniversary. Wendy Hiscocks and Anthony Hunter Smith, piano
A studio recital of works focussing on the music of Arthur Benjamin and those who influenced his own compositions
Arthur Benjamin - Etudes Improvisées (Australian premiere); Siciliana; Saxophone Blues; Benjamin arr. Hiscocks Two Jamaican Street Songs: No 2, Cookie (Australian premiere); Two Jamaican Street Songs: No 1, Mattie Rag (Australian premiere); Benjamin arr. Trimble Jamaican Rumba; Mayerl arr. Hiscoks Insect Oddities: No 1, Wedding of an Ant (Australian premiere); Insect Oddities: No 2, Ladybird Lullaby (Australian premiere); Oddities: No 3, Praying Mantis (Australian premiere); Insect Oddities: No 4, Beetle in the Bottle (Australian premiere)

Saturday 11 September 3.00pm - Peter Kneeshaw, organ
Including Colin Brumby - Wedding March; Dulcie Holland - Verset

Afternoon Concerts

Saturday 11 September 1.00pm - Edinburgh International Festival 2010
Sydney Symphony, Vladimir Ashkenazy, conductor; Rebecca Evans, soprano
Including Ross Edwards - Maninyas, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Peter Sculthorpe - Memento Mori

Tuesday 21 September 1.05pm - Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Calvin Bowman, celesta; Louisa Breen, piano; Paul Daniel, conductor.
Including Elena Kats-Chernin after Piazzolla - Re-Collecting ASTORoids: movements 1, 4 & 5 (world premiere; plus Elena Kats-Chernin's interview with producer Duncan Yardley)

Saturday 25 September 1.00pm - TrioZ
Including Miriam Hyde - Fantasy Trio in B minor

Tuesday 28 September 1.50pm - Peninsula Summer Music Festival: Ironwood with Nicola Boud, clarinet
Including Elena Kats-Chernin - Eliza Aria for string quartet; Paul Stanhope - Morning Star

In Performance

Thursday 2 September 9.00pm - BBC PROMS 2010: I Fagiolini
From the Cadogan Hall, London. Robert Hollingworth, director; Britten Sinfonia; Lawrence Power, viola; Ryan Wigglesworth, conductor
Including Brett Dean - Carlo

Thursday 2 September 7.05pm - TrioZ
Direct broadcast from the City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney
Including Andrew Ford - Nine Fantasies about Brahms (world premiere)

Wednesday 22 September 8.00pm - Flinders Quartet
Including Peter Sculthorpe - String Quartet No 18 (world premiere)
plus Peninsula Summer Music Festival: Alannah Guthrie-Jones, harp; Karen Schofield, flute
Including Colin Brumby - 4 Exotic Pieces for flute and harp

New Music Up Late

With Julian Day

Saturday 4th September 10.30pm - Pateras takes the Academy
Music curated by Anthony Pateras, this year's guest composer at the Australian National Academy of Music in Melbourne, and recorded by ABC Classic FM at the South Melbourne Town Hall in March 2010.

Friday 24th September 10.30pm - Brave New Brisbane
Friday edition - online and on digital radio
This Friday we welcome guest presenter team Roger Gonzalez and Robert Davidson with a program with a distinctly Brisbane eye-view.

At Home

Saturdays at 7.05pm with Julian Day

4 September
Westlake - Stepfather Of The Bride: To Have and to Hold; Antarctica: Suite for guitar and orchestra; Kalabash; Six Fish

11 September
Hindson - Little Chrissietina's Magic Fantasy; Violin Concerto; Love Serenade; Pulse Magnet

18 September
Kent Farbach - Sky Blue; Graeme Koehne - Shaker Dances; Paul Stanhope - Steal Away; Sea Chronicles

Stephen Adams is a composer of concert music, music theatre and digital music. Since 2004, he has been working full-time at ABC Classic FM in the development of Australian music programming, recording and commissioning projects, and online Australian music presentation. Since 2006, he has been co-producer of CFM’s New Music Up Late program. Recent online projects include the AMU podcast, Orpheus Remix Awards, Lute Project and classic/amp.


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