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marvellous world of George Dreyfus. Volume 2.


The marvellous world of George Dreyfus. Volume 2.

  • Published by Move Records — 1998 [MD3190] — 1 CD (72 min.)
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  • Library Availability: CD 464 — Reference (not for loan) copy only


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Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDurationMP3
Four Italian songs : from the television series Waterfront (1983) for voice with piano George Dreyfus Joanna Cole, Len Vorster 8 mins, 8 sec. Buy as MP3
Heidelberg 1890 (1964) — soprano with flute George Dreyfus Marianne Collet-Stier, Almut Riemenschneider 6 mins, 43 sec. Buy as MP3
Homage à Victor Bruns (1994) for bassoon quartet George Dreyfus Melbourne Bassoon Quartet 2 mins, 38 sec. Buy as MP3
In memoriam, Raoul Wallenberg (1984) for clarinet with piano George Dreyfus David Thomas, Robert Chamberlain 7 mins, 40 sec. Buy as MP3
Lifestyle (1988) for choir George Dreyfus Jane Elton-Brown 6 mins, 33 sec. Buy as MP3
Love your animal (1995) for string orchestra George Dreyfus Melbourne Musicians 5 mins, 56 sec. Buy as MP3
Ned Kelly ballads (1964) — unspecified voice with band George Dreyfus Broderik Smith 7 mins, 34 sec. Buy as MP3
New gold mountain (1993) for chamber ensemble George Dreyfus Australian Chinese Music Ensemble 3 mins, 7 sec. Buy as MP3
Nullabor hideout (1965) — cornet with piano George Dreyfus Tom Paulin, Robert Chamberlain 1 mins, 59 sec. Buy as MP3
Odyssey (1990) for bassoon solo George Dreyfus Matthew Wilkie 8 mins, 45 sec. Buy as MP3
Quintet for wind instruments (1965) for wind quintet George Dreyfus Claire Nicholson, Michael Pisani, Doug Leutchford 7 mins, 46 sec. Buy as MP3
Rush (1974) for symphonic wind band George Dreyfus Band of the 5th Military District 2 mins, 12 sec. Buy as MP3
Stant litore puppes (1967) for organ solo George Dreyfus Christopher Cook 3 mins, 55 sec. Buy as MP3

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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.

Booklet includes programme notes.

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).

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