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Australian Christmas

CD

An Australian Christmas / Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir ; Anthony Walker, conductor.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 1995 [4469752] — 1 CD (69 min.)
  • Sales Availability: This item is out-of-print. We regret that it cannot be purchased from the Australian Music Centre.
  • Library Availability: CD 287 — Available for loan

Out of Print

This item is out-of-print. We regret that it cannot be purchased from the Australian Music Centre.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
The burning babe (1980) for soprano solo and womens or boys voices acapella
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, on 1995.
Anne Boyd Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Anne Cooke, Antony Walker 2 mins, 6 sec.
Five carols, from Quem Quaeritis (1967) for unaccompanied SSAA chorus
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, on 1995.
Ross Edwards Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Antony Walker 11 mins
Wassails and lullabies (1989) for SATB choir with chamber ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, on 1995.
Andrew Ford Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Ian Cleworth, Rebecca Lagos, Brian Nixon, Anne Cooke, Antony Walker 18 mins, 31 sec.
Ring out, wild bells (1987) for SATB chorus
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, on 1995.
Elliott Gyger Josie Ryan, Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Antony Walker 2 mins, 30 sec.
Australian Christmas carols for SATB choir with piano
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, on 1995.
William G. James Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, David Miller, Antony Walker 28 mins, 6 sec.
Awake, glad heart (1988) for chamber orchestra
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, on 1995.
Peter Sculthorpe Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Antony Walker 2 mins, 54 sec.
Puer natus in Bethlehem — satb choir with solo voice(s)
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, on 1995.
Stephen Whittington Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, Matthew Baker, Brian Nixon 1 mins, 30 sec.
This Christmas night — satb choir with keyboard
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, on 1995.
Malcolm Williamson Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, David Miller, Antony Walker 2 mins, 42 sec.

Product details

The unique spirit of Australian Christmas carols is reflected in the stirring recordings on this CD. Featuring the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, one of Australia's favourite choirs, this album is bound to inspire any carol lover to sing along. A must have in this year's Christmas stocking.

Three of the best-known Australian piano concertos are featured on this specially priced CD. Ross Edwards' well-known concerto is brimming with exhuberant dance rhythms and luscious orchestral colours, while Peter Sculthorpe's work is more introverted, but immediately appealing with its fascinating Japanese and Balinese influences. Malcolm Williamson presents a work very characteristic of the concerto genre, resplendent in its virtuosity. These are three works that deserve to be in any collection, unashamedly Australian, they are powerful demonstrations of the skill and breadth of our composers and their music.

Duration: 69 min.

This product forms part of the following series: Under Capricorn.

Booklet includes texts of songs and biographical notes on composers and performers.


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