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Island songs


Island songs : works by Brett Dean, Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe / Amy Dickson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra

  • Published by ABC Classics — 2015 [481 1703] — 1 CD (61 min.)
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  • Library Availability: CD 2641 — Reference (not for loan) copy only


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Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
The siduri dances (2013) — saxophone with full orchestra
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, on Nov 13.
Brett Dean Amy Dickson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey 12 mins, 55 sec.
Full moon dances (2011) concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra
Recorded/performed at: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House, on Oct 12.
Ross Edwards Amy Dickson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya 29 mins, 16 sec.
Island songs (2012) for saxophone, strings and percussion
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, on Nov 13.
Peter Sculthorpe Amy Dickson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Northey 17 mins, 36 sec.

Product details

Brit-Award-winning, Grammy- and ARIA- nominated saxophonist Amy Dickson presents her new ABC Classics album Island Songs, featuring world-premiere recordings of concertos by three of Australia's most renowned composers: Brett Dean, Ross Edwards and Peter Sculthorpe. Recorded with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, all works on the album were written / arranged specifically for Amy.

Peter Sculthorpe's Island Songs contains some of the most beguilingly lyrical music written by the foremost Australian composer of his generation, whose death in August 2014 was lamented throughout the world. The work consists of two movements - Song of Home, which in the words of the composer 'sings of the love that Indigenous inhabitants have for their island home, the place where they and their ancestors were born'; and Lament and Yearning, which tells of the potential tragedy of climate change and a hope for a more stable world. The work is based on three melodies from Australia's far north, including the much-loved Djilile.

Ross Edwards' Full Moon Dances is made up of five seamless movements, creating a kaleidoscope of sound featuring fragments of birdsong, plainsong, drones and Indigenous chants from around the world. These sounds are brought together around the central figure of the solo saxophonist, who acts as 'Moon Goddess incarnate, source of plant life and protector of the environment'. The Siduri Dances, by composer, conductor and violist Brett Dean, celebrates another female figure: 'a wise female divinity from the Epic of Gilgamesh, who dwells by the sea at the ends of the earth and offers sage advice (and a parting drink!) to those travelling to other realms.'

Duration: 61 min.

Liner booklet includes programme notes and biographical information on composers, performers, and conductors.

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