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Gardens, Fables, Prisons, Dreams

CD

Gardens, Fables, Prisons, Dreams / Penelope Thwaites.

  • Published by Somm Recordings — 2022 [SOMMCD 0672] — 1 CD (66 min.)
  • Sales Availability: This item may be available to purchase from the Australian Music Centre.
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  • Library Availability: CD 3312 — 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
For Irina for string quartet Penelope Thwaites 7 mins, 47 sec.
Jan Palach's Theme for chamber ensemble
Penelope Thwaites 2 mins, 45 sec.
A Lambeth Garland (1987) for SATB voices and one piano, four hands
Penelope Thwaites 10 mins, 2 sec.
To The Hills (2023) — string music Penelope Thwaites 3 mins, 17 sec.
The Selfish Giant — duos: 2 pianos Penelope Thwaites 18 mins, 34 sec.
Vijay's fable (1994) for piano trio
Penelope Thwaites 4 mins, 16 sec.

Also includes: Mazurka: au Tombeau de Chopin -- In a Summer Garden.

Product details

SOMM Recordings is delighted to announce the release of Gardens, Fables, Prisons, Dreams, eight first recordings of music by Penelope Thwaites paying homage to "the heroes, the witty wordsmiths, the dancers, the poets and the visionaries; and two great composers" who have influenced her musical life.

Thwaites is joined by fellow pianist Benjamin Frith for the exuberant six-part A Lambeth Garland, the enchanting eight-part retelling of Oscar Wilde's fable The Selfish Giant and Thwaites' arrangement of Delius's In a Summer Garden, the first to be made for two pianos.

She is heard with John Mills (violin) and Bozidar Vukotic (cello) on Vijay's Fable, drawn from her culture-fusing score for Indian choreographer Vijaylakshmi Subramaniam, and the atmospheric Mazurka: au Tombeau de Chopin.

The Tippett Quartet contribute three memorable performances: Jan Palach's Theme, recalling the self-immolating student protestor against the Soviet Union's 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia; For Irina, a tribute to dissident Russian poet Irina Ratushinskaya who survived imprisonment but died of cancer in 2017; and with double bassist Laurence Ungless for To the Hills, a string quintet version of Thwaites' earlier choral setting of Psalm 121.

Duration: 66 min.


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