Red earth / Tall Poppies Ensemble.
Featured Australian works
TALL POPPIES ENSEMBLE
Geoffrey Collins: flute/piccolo
Cathy McCorkill: clarinet
John Harding: violin
Esther van Stralen: viola
David Pereira: cello
Daryl Pratt: percussion
Roger Brooke: bassoon
Ian Munro: piano
David Stanhope: conductor
Here is a world-premiere recording of important Australian works for instrumental ensemble. Both the performers and the repertoire have been hand-selected for this project, which was funded by the Australia Council.
The Tall Poppies Ensemble is an occasional group assembled for special recording projects. All the players have long-standing connections with Tall Poppies in that they have, or will, record solo CDs for the label or have been involved in other ensemble projects. Such a splendid gathering of performers gives Tall Poppies a chance to record some neglected Australian repertoire.
The music on this CD comes from the archives of the Seymour Group and from the Australia Ensemble. Together the music presents, as it happens, a snapshot of important compositional and philosophical interests of Australian composers over the years. Where possible, the composers attended the recordings.
Each work on this new CD creates a special atmosphere, from the arid outback and Aboriginal sounds of Colin Bright, to the sparse abstract gestures of Ross Edwards, to the gentle rollicking brightness of Peggy Glanville-Hicks' neo-classical Concertino da Camera. The centrepiece of the CD is the sinewy Bagatelles of David Lumsdaine, a sextet full of surprises and beautifully performed. Politics is the creative inspiration behind Vincent Plush's On Shooting Stars: Homage to Victor Hara which comments on the life and times of the Chilean singer, and also Neil Currie's chirpy Ortigas Avenue, inspired by the Filipino coup in 1986.
Duration: 68 min.
Liner notes include programme notes and notes on the composers and performers.
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