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Sensations

CD

Sensations : wind, waves, birds & fire / Margaret Brandman.

  • Published by Navona Records — 2016 [NV6041] — 1 CD (79 min.)
  • Sales Availability: This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
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  • Library Availability: CD 2762 — Available for loan

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This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
Please contact our Sales Department to confirm pricing and availability.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Autumn rhapsody (2012) for piano
Recorded/performed at: Trackdown Studios, Sydney NSW, on 16 Apr 14.
Margaret Brandman Margaret Brandman 6 mins, 42 sec.
Binna burra dreaming (2013) for violin and piano
Recorded/performed at: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic, on 12 Sep 15.
Margaret Brandman Vít Mužík, Lucie Kaucká 9 mins, 56 sec.
The Eastern Spinebill and the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos herald a Blue Mountains bush fire (2012) for violin and piano
Recorded/performed at: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic, on 12 Sep 15.
Margaret Brandman Vít Mužík, Lucie Kaucká 7 mins, 5 sec.
Firestorm (2009) for full orchestra
Recorded/performed at: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic, on 13 Sep 15.
Margaret Brandman Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Petr Vronsky 16 mins, 22 sec.
Jucaro rhumba d'amor (2012) for violin and piano
Recorded/performed at: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic, on 15 Oct 15.
Margaret Brandman Vít Mužík, Lucie Kaucká 4 mins, 1 sec.
Love brings change Adagio for strings
Recorded/performed at: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic, on 10 Sep 15.
Margaret Brandman Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Petr Vronsky 5 mins, 8 sec.
Lyric fantasy (1996) — piano with string orchestra
Recorded/performed at: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic, on 14 Sep 15.
Margaret Brandman Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Lucie Kaucká, Petr Vronsky 12 mins, 3 sec.
Spirit visions (2002) for two pianos
Recorded/performed at: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, on 23 Jan 10.
Margaret Brandman Margaret Brandman, Marcello Maio 7 mins, 42 sec.
Undulations (1980) for string orchestra
Recorded/performed at: Reduta Hall, Olomouc, Czech Republic, on 14 Sep 15.
Margaret Brandman Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, Petr Vronsky 10 mins, 55 sec.

Product details

Australian composer, music educator, and pianist Margaret Brandman presents her debut Navona release SENSATIONS, featuring several of her celebrated compositions, each one presenting a unique musical experience and sensation. The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra skilfully performs the orchestral portion, opening with the joyful Love Brings Change (Adagio for Strings). Pianist Lucie Kaucká joins the orchestra for Lyric Fantasy, an emotional and accessible two-movement work with contrasting moods for piano and strings. In the two-movement Undulations, also for strings, Brandman portrays the elegant flowing movement of the ocean waves on Australia's eastern seaboard. In the central orchestral piece, the programmatic three-movement Firestorm Symphony for full orchestra, Brandman effectively captures the shimmering heat, dangerous wind and approaching fire along with the sounds of the native birds, during the terrifying experience of Australian Blue Mountains' bush fires which threatened her family home, the sorrowful aftermath and eventual renewal of the bush.

The chamber music portion, featuring violinist Vit Mužík and pianist Lucie Kaucká, opens with Binna Burra Dreaming, which centres on the aboriginal Binna Burra world heritage site in Australia's Gondwana rainforest. The Eastern Spinebill and the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos Herald a Blue Mountains' Bush Fire, a vibrant reduction of the first movement of Firestorm Symphony, explores more closely the wildlife affected by the Blue Mountains' bush fires. Mužík and Kaucká round out their contributions with the Latin-American-styled Jucaro Rhumba D'Amor. Also featured on the chamber music portion are piano pieces performed by Brandman herself. Following the impressionistic and lyrical piano solo Autumn Rhapsody, Brandman is joined by pianist Marcello Maio for Spirit Visions, a two-piano work inspired by the tone colours of the Sydney Town Hall organ. This piece, like the many others on this release, embodies the bright and jazzy style that makes Brandman's music so distinctive.

Duration: 79 min.

Inside of CD cover includes biographical notes on composer. Additional album content available at http://navonarecords.com/catalog/nv6041/.


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