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Incantations / chamber music by Ross Edwards.

  • Published by ABC Classics — 2018 [481 7683] — 2 CDs (152 min.)
  • Sales Availability: Buy Incantations on the iTunes Store
  • Library Availability: CD 3016 — Reference (not for loan) copy only

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Animisms (2014) suite for five instruments
Recorded/performed at: Sir John Clancy Auditorium, University of NSW, Sydney, on 9 Apr 17.
Ross Edwards Australia Ensemble 13 mins, 40 sec.
Binyang (1996) for clarinet and percussion
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo NSW, on 2016.
Ross Edwards Claire Edwardes, Jason Noble 3 mins, 56 sec.
Djanaba (2011) for guitar and marimba
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo NSW, on 2016.
Ross Edwards Claire Edwardes, Karin Schaupp 2 mins, 4 sec.
A flight of sunbirds (2001) nine bagatelles for piano duet
Recorded/performed at: Conservatorium Theatre, Southbank, Brisbane, on 14 Dec 15.
Ross Edwards Liam Viney, Anna Grinberg 9 mins, 2 sec.
Incantations (1985) for wind quintet
Recorded/performed at: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on Jun 06.
Ross Edwards New Sydney Wind Quintet 12 mins, 48 sec.
Laikan (1979) instrumental sextet
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, on 8 Oct 91.
Ross Edwards Seymour Group 13 mins, 27 sec.
The laughing moon (2012) five bagatelles for wind quintet
Recorded/performed at: Choral Assembly Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on 26 Feb 17.
Ross Edwards New Sydney Wind Quintet 13 mins, 56 sec.
Nura (2004) for flute and piano
Recorded/performed at: Old Museum Concert Hall, Brisbane, on Feb 14.
Ross Edwards Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs 10 mins, 22 sec.
Piano sonata (2011) — solo piano
Ross Edwards Bernadette Harvey 11 mins, 29 sec.
Piano trio (1998) for piano, violin and violoncello
Recorded/performed at: Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on 2008.
Ross Edwards Apollo Trio 14 mins, 23 sec.
Sea star fantasy (2015) for solo piano
Recorded/performed at: Verbrugghen Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on Apr 17.
Ross Edwards Bernadette Harvey 7 mins, 59 sec.
String quartet no. 2 : Shekina fantasy (2008) for string quartet
Recorded/performed at: Huntington Estate Winery, NSW, on 24 Nov 10.
Ross Edwards Goldner String Quartet 25 mins, 45 sec.
Voice of the Rain (2016) for shakuhachi and string quartet
Recorded/performed at: Independent Theatre, North Sydney, on 21 Jan 18.
Ross Edwards Riley Lee, Enigma Quartet 5 mins, 19 sec.
Water spirit song (2003) for solo cor anglais
Recorded/performed at: Recital Hall East, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on 8 Mar 18.
Ross Edwards Alexandre Oguey 5 mins, 4 sec.

Product details

One of Australia's best known and most performed composers, Ross Edwards has created a distinctive sound world based on deep ecology and an awareness of the need to reconnect music with elemental forces and restore its traditional association with ritual.

Throughout a long and storied career, Ross has written music that celebrates Australia - its cultural diversity, its natural environment, and its connection to the vast and diverse Pacific Rim region. Perhaps nowhere is this better demonstrated than in his chamber music, which allows for rich, detailed musical textures as well as an intense, focussed intimacy.

Incantations celebrates Ross's 75th birthday in December 2018 by presenting a collection of his chamber music performed by some of Australia's finest musicians, many of whom commissioned or premiered the pieces included here. It contains four previously unreleased recordings and a number of others making their CD debut, as well as highlights from the ABC Classics catalogue.

It features a tremendous array of Australian musicians, including the Goldner String Quartet, Riley Lee, Claire Edwardes, Karin Schaupp, New Sydney Wind Quintet, Apollo Trio, Enigma Quartet, Viney-Grinberg Piano Duo, Jason Noble, Melissa Doecke, Mark Isaacs, The Seymour Group, Alexandre Oguey, Bernadette Harvey, and the Australia Ensemble @UNSW.

Duration: 152 min.

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