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Hope

Digital Audio Album

Hope / Nat Bartsch.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 7 March, 2021 [ABC 485 5753] — 1 online resource (1 sound file).
  • Sales Availability: Buy Hope on the iTunes Store
  • Library Availability: CD 3209 — Reference (not for loan) copy only

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Brightness in the Hills for piano quintet Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch, Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Madeleine Jevons, William Clark, James Morley 4 mins, 9 sec.
Emerging — solo piano Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch 1 mins, 44 sec.
The End of the Decade — solo piano Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch 4 mins, 36 sec.
Fight Not Flight — piano in chamber ensemble Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch, Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Madeleine Jevons, William Clark, James Morley 3 mins, 39 sec.
For Now — solo piano Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch 1 mins, 47 sec.
For The Koalas — piano with chamber ensemble Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch, Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Madeleine Jevons, William Clark, James Morley 5 mins, 59 sec.
Hope for piano quintet Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch, Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Madeleine Jevons, William Clark, James Morley 4 mins, 12 sec.
Interlude — solo piano Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch 34 sec.
Over The River for string quartet Nat Bartsch Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Madeleine Jevons, William Clark, James Morley 5 mins, 41 sec.
Prologue — solo piano Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch 50 sec.
Searching for the Map — solo piano Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch 2 mins, 38 sec.
Untitled for piano quintet Nat Bartsch Nat Bartsch, Kyla Matsuura-Miller, Madeleine Jevons, William Clark, James Morley 4 mins, 45 sec.

Product details

ARIA-nominated Australian pianist Nat Bartsch muses on hopefulness, hopelessness and all the emotions in-between.

For a majority of her illustrious career Bartsch has focused on music that soothes, first with gentle compositions for a friend undergoing cancer treatment and then her award-winning work with the Nat Bartsch Trio.

Hope was inspired first by the Black Summer bushfires that ravaged the east coast of Australia, then took what she calls 'a slight detour' after the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the long months of lockdown that followed, Bartsch found herself yearning for 'forward momentum': writing driving rhythms, faster tempos, percussive piano flourishes as the tracks For Now, Brightness in the Hills and her first string quartet, Over the River, came to life. Then, as Melbourne's second lockdown slowly lifted, her music returned to the slow and patient, with Emerging.

'My album's title is not just those four letters,' she explains. 'It's 'hope' as an abbreviation of both hopefulness and hopelessness, and this music explores the space between.'

Also available as a physical CD: 4855760


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