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Women of Note


Women of Note : A Century of Australian Composers, Volume 2.

Featured Australian works

  Work Composer PerformersDuration
Punch (2013) fanfare for brass ensemble
Recorded/performed at: Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne VIC, on 14 Dec 14.
Performers: Geoff Payne, Shane Hooten, Joel Walmsley, Saul Lewis, Jenna Breen, Alden Cai, Melissa Shirley, Jessica Buzbee, David Farrell, Mike Szabo, Tim Buzbee, Robert Cossom, Brett Kelly.
Katy Abbott 2 mins, 22 sec.
Dancing on Tiptoes (2017) but never falling
Recorded/performed at: Trackdown Studios, Sydney, on 2018.
Rachel Bruerville ACO Collective 3 mins, 8 sec.
Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace — multiple choirs with full orchestra — IV. Kooyeen-wanoong (Liber scriptus), V. Tyookooyong-ee (Agnus Dei)
Deborah Cheetham Fraillon Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, The Consort of Melbourne, Dhungala Children's Choir, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Deborah Cheetham Fraillon, Don Bemrose, Linda Barcan, Benjamin Northey 6 mins, 8 sec.
Glocken blocken for percussion Amanda Cole Claire Edwardes 4 mins, 53 sec.
Lake Ice (2013) (Missed Tales No.1)
Recorded/performed at: City Recital Hall Angel Place, NSW, on 29 Aug 13.
Mary Finsterer Kees Boersma, Sydney Symphony, Jessica Cottis 22 mins, 2 sec.
Kudikynah cave (1987) for string quartet
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, on 2013.
Moya Henderson Acacia Quartet 6 mins, 19 sec.
Sonata : for violin and piano (1937) for violin with piano
Recorded/performed at: Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, on Aug 01.
Dulcie Holland Asmira Woodward-Page, Scott Davie 14 mins, 53 sec.
Village fair (1943) a ballet for orchestra
Miriam Hyde Miriam Hyde, Sydney Symphony, Dobbs Franks 11 mins, 18 sec.
Wild swans suite (2004) — soprano with full orchestra — Eliza Aria only
Recorded/performed at: Federation Concert Hall, Hobart TAS, on Aug 04.
Elena Kats-Chernin Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Jane Sheldon, Ola Rudner 3 mins, 22 sec.
The Space Between Stars for orchestra
Recorded/performed at: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall, NSW, on 8 May 19.
Ella Macens Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Jessica Cottis 13 mins, 21 sec.
We won't let you down (2018) for string orchestra Natalie Nicolas ACO Collective 4 mins, 17 sec.
Exaltation chassidic air and dance, for oboe, violin, cello and piano
Recorded/performed at: Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne VIC, on 6 Jun 99.
Linda Phillips Anne Gilby, Isin Cakmakcioglu, Rachel Atkinson, Robert Chamberlain 13 mins, 35 sec.
Wilga’s Last Dance : Last melody of the area (2019) for saxophone quartet
Recorded/performed at: Studio 200, ABC’s Ultimo Centre, Sydney, on 5 Dec 19.
Performed by members of the Royal Australian Navy Band
Nardi Simpson Royal Australian Navy Band 3 mins, 36 sec.
Haunted hills (1950) symphonic poem Margaret Sutherland Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins 15 mins, 24 sec.
The Quickening (2004) A tribute to Jonathan Kramer; for flute and piano.
Recorded/performed at: Sydney Conservatorium of Music, on Dec 14.
Katia Tiutiunnik Laura Chislett, Stephanie McCallum 6 mins, 2 sec.
Time and Tide : Echoes of Sydney Harbour (2018) for brass trio, percussion and fixed media
Recorded/performed at: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney, on 24 Sep 18.
Miriama Young Sydney Symphony Fellows 10 mins, 19 sec.

Product details

Building on the success of their first Women of Note album in 2019, ABC Classic is thrilled to be releasing the second volume in their now annual celebration of Australia's female composers.

This 2 CD album, released in time for International Women's Day (8 March), begins with music from pioneers of Australia's musical heritage: Margaret Sutherland, Miriam Hyde, Dulcie Holland, and introducing Linda Phillips, whose work as a critic and as chief adjudicator of the prestigious Sun Aria competition across three decades helped to shape this country's musical landscape, but whose compositions - prized by such artists as Dame Joan Sutherland - have been unjustly neglected in Australia's recorded music catalogue. Her quartet Exaltation, a swirling mixture of melancholy and exuberance, shows the composer exploring the musical legacy of her family's Jewish background.

Five other world premiere recordings feature on the album. Multiple award-winning composer Mary Finsterer is represented by a live concert recording of her double bass concerto Lake Ice, an exploration of music as storytelling and as journey, guided by the beautiful yet rarely heard sonorities of the bass as solo instrument. From Miriama Young we have a re-imagination of the historical soundworld of Sydney Harbour in Time and Tide, blending field recordings ancient and modern with brass and percussion instruments. We are also delighted to be presenting the first commercial recording of music by rising star Ella Macens: her soaring orchestral work The Space Between Stars.

The other two world premiere recordings are by Indigenous Australian composers. From Yorta Yorta woman, opera singer, composer and educator Deborah Cheetham comes Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace: a powerful and poignant response to the resistance war fought by the Gunditjmara people in southwest Victoria and to the troubled spirits of all who fell in those battles, on both sides. And Yuwaalaraay composer Nardi Simpson gives us Wilga's Last Dance, honouring the only traditional melody from her people that was ever recorded.

Moya Henderson takes us to the Tasmanian wilderness with her transcendent string quartet Kudikynah Cave, evoking moments of ecstatic stillness during the raft journey to the cave's entrance, along the Franklin River. Katia Tiutiunnik draws inspiration from the moment a mother first feels her baby move inside her womb for her flute and piano duet The Quickening. Katy Abbott, always alert to the quirks and foibles of human existence, applies wit and humour to the multiple meanings of the word Punch in a work for brass ensemble. Amanda Cole marries marimba and cowbells in her energetic percussion solo Glocken Blocken. Rachel Bruerville (Dancing on Tiptoes) and Natalie Nicolas (We Won't Let You Down) worked with teenagers in hospital mental health wards to create music of joy and profound optimism. And Elena Kats-Chernin's beloved Eliza Aria is presented in its original version for quizzical soprano solo over delicately plucked strings.

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Duration: 139 min.

Liner notes include program notes and biographical notes on the composers.

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