The marvellous world of George Dreyfus. Volume 2.
Featured Australian works
Of all the previous recordings by one of Australia's most
celebrated composers none gives a greater insight into Dreyfus'
multifaceted talents than this Move CD release.
Opening with a spirited and moving rendition of the 'Ned Kelly Ballads' by folk singer Broderick Smith accompanied by four french horns and rhythm section, this CD embraces a compendium of Dreyfus' musical styles.
The 'Italian Songs', featured in the TV series 'Waterfront' and beautifully performed here by soprano Joanna Cole accompanied by pianist Len Vorster, illustrate Dreyfus' perfect mirroring of Italian Verissimo.
The youthful Methodist Ladies College Senior Madrigal Group perform 'Lifestyle' a suite of unaccompanied choral movements, appropriately dealing with youthful ambitions and dreams.
In 'Homage á Victor Bruns', the three bassoonists from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra are joined by a fourth, the composer himself, a one time bassoonist of that orchestra, for a brief but telling essay in neoclassicism.
In complete stylistic contrast (but then is this not the hallmark of Dreyfus' creative career) the Prism Wind Quintet perform the 'Quintet for Wind Instruments', a compendium of the 1960's Darmstadt school of compositional techniques.
Brilliant performances are also given in the solo pieces on the CD which include 'Odyssey for a Lone Bassoon' performed by Matthew Wilkie, 'Stant Litore Puppes' performed by organist Christopher Cook, 'In Memoriam' Raoul Wallenberg performed by clarinettist David Thomas accompanied by pianist Robert Chamberlain and 'Heidelberg 1890' for soprano and flute performed by Marianne Collet-Stier and Almut Riemenschneider.
The CD is rounded off with three Dreyfus classics. 'In New Gold Mountain' played by the Australian Chinese Ensemble you can just imagine yourself in the tea house of Yu Yuan Garden in Shanghai.
And was there ever a more soothing ballad for all animal lovers to cuddle up to than 'Love Your Animal', commissioned by the RSCPCA and performed here by the Melbourne Musicians conducted by Frank Pam.
Finally, the now sadly disbanded 5th Military District Band from Perth resurface with a rousing rendition, the 25th commercially released version of Dreyfus' hardly disbanded, always evergreen-fresh national treasure, the theme from the television series 'Rush'.
Duration: 72 min.
Performers: Alex Grieve (French horn: Ned Kelly ballads) ; Kevin Edwardes (French horn : Ned Kelly ballads) ; Kate Peart (French horn : Ned Kelly ballads) ; John Ferguson (French horn: Ned Kelly ballads) ; Jochen Schubert (guitar: Ned Kelly ballads) ; Shanon Burchill (bass: Ned Kelly ballads) ; Ben Smart (drums: Ned Kelly ballads) ; Broderik Smith (vocals: Ned Kelly ballads) ; Senior Madrigal Group, Methodist Ladies' College, Melbourne (Lifestyle) ; Jane Elton-Brown (director: Lifestyle) ; Band of the 5th Military District (Rush) ; Capt. Colin A. Harper (conductor: Rush) ; David Thomas (clarinet: In memoriam Raoul Wallenberg) ; Robert Chamberlain (piano: In memoriam Raoul Wallenberg, Nullabor hideout) ; Marianne Collet-Stier (flute: Heidelberg) ; Almut Riemenschneider (soprano: Heidelberg) ; Melbourne Bassoon Quartet (Homage à Victor Bruns) ; Christopher Cook (organ: Stant litore puppes) ; Joanna Cole (soprano: Four Italian songs) ; Len Vorster (piano: Four Italian songs) ; Australian Chinese Music Ensemble (New gold mountain) ; Tom Paulin (cornet: Nullabor hideout) ; Prism Wind Quintet (Quintet for wind instruments) ; Matthew Wilkie (bassoon: Odyssey) ; The Melbourne Musicians (Love your animal) ; Frank U. Pam (director: Love your animal).
Booklet includes programme notes.
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