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Article: A breath of fresh air for the classical tradition

  • by Harriet Cunningham — © John Fairfax Holdings
  • Source: Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 2 April 2008 pg 14
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THE Sydney Symphony is learning a new work. The rhythms are complex, and notes fly out in all directions. Conductor Richard Gill, in his best headmaster voice, stops the musicians, points out the key underlying beats, barks out a bar number and raises his baton. And there, almost miraculously, the music starts to emerge from the morass, the opposing riffs meshing into a fascinating wall of sound.

Alongside the conductor, looking remarkably unflappable, sits soloist and joint composer William ...


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