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Broadway boogie

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Broadway boogie / Michael Kieran Harvey, [piano].

  • Published by Move Records [MD3315] — 1 CD (80 min.)
  • Purchase Price: $22.73 (Usually ships in 1-4 days) — Add to Cart
  • Library Availability: CD 1851 — Available for loan

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Product details

Reviewer Bob Crimeen has awarded Broadway Boogie the honor of being number 1 in his best classical CDs of 2008 list in Melbourne's Herald-Sun. He says, "Australia's own piano maestro makes modern classical music arrestingly acceptable".

"Broadway Boogie is an assemblage of recent Australian piano music selected for its allusions - sometimes extremely tenuous - to New York. A major international centre of ideas and creativity, this city maintains a galvanizing effect on Australian intellectual life in a way that, say, Washington never could. Andrew Ford's Broadway Boogie-Woogie finds musical parallels to Mondrian's famous painting, the epitome of non-symmetrical balance, and itself a paean to New York's artistic diversity. Andrew Byrne, a resident of New York, has written an unsentimental exploration of the surreal sounds of chaos and succour after the destruction of the Twin Towers. Byrne's mentor, John McCaughey, possibly the most self-effacing and reluctant Australian composer, yet one of Australia's busiest and most original musicians, gives us a glimpse into the multi-layered nature of his thinking with Toccata de Nielico. Nigel Westlake's brilliant (if brief!) follow-up to the magnificent first sonata contrasts ethereal improvisations with driving rhythms which would not sound out of place in downtown Manhattan. Mark Pollard's homage to Euclid shows his fascination with post-minimalism (a New York hallmark) and the re-emergence of emotion, and finds fresh stimulus in the nostalgic language of Chopin. My own sonata is offered in gratitude to Saxby Pridmore, who in turn owes his inspiration to the great New York Stoic psychologist Albert Ellis." - Michael Kieran Harvey

All works on this CD are premieres: Andrew Ford: 11/11/05 at Feast Festival, Adelaide (Australian premiere) - Andrew Byrne: 25/7/04 at Federation Concert Hall, Hobart (world premiere) - John McCaughey: world premiere on this recording - Nigel Westlake: 1/8/05 at Festival Hall, Adelaide (world premiere) - Mark Pollard: 16/6/06 at Federation Hall, VCA (world premiere) - Michael Kieran Harvey: 8/10/06 at Port Fairy Festival, Victoria (world premiere)

Duration: 80 min.

Booklet includes introductory notes by Michael Kieran Harvey, programme notes by the composers, and biographical notes on composers and performer.


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