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yes, it rings a bell!


yes, it rings a bell! / Adrian Tien at the National Carillon in Canberra

  • Published by Move Records [MD3224] — 1 CD
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Adrian Tien is probably Australia's best young carillonist. The Dutch carillon magazine "Klok en Klapel" said about his performance in the International Carillon Competition: "The first prize was awarded to Adrian Tien. Powerful playing, according to the jury ... Without doubt this carillonist has a brilliant carillon career in front of him."

Australia's National Carillon was given as gift from the British Government to the people of Australia in 1972, and it contains fifty-three bells, the largest weighing over six tonnes. Adrien Tien takes the carillon through its paces with a beautifully varied programme including Bach, Gershwin, and music from today's finest carillon composers.

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Track Listing

American classics (USA)
- The man I love (Gershwin, arr. de Waardt)
- Strike up the band (Gershwin, arr. de Waardt)
- Rotation (Gary White)

From our great German master
- Siciliano, from Sonata in E flat for flute & Continuo (J.S. Bach, arr. Barnes)

Nostalgic bells (British Isles)
- The Bells of Aberdovey (Welsh trad. arr. Warner)
- Londonderry Air (Irish trad. arr. Warner)

Bell extravaganza (Netherlands)
- Ringing Piece, from Frans Hals Suite (Piet Kee)

Bells of passion (Spain)
- Preludio, from Suite España, Opus 165 (Albeniz arr. Siebers)
- Preludio, from Cantos de España, Opus. 232 (Albeniz arr. Siebers)

Campanella Lingua (Italy)
- Barcarolle, from Serenades I (Ronald Barnes)
- Sonata, L. 33 (Scarlatti, arr. Barnes)

This is where you find our nation's capital (Australia)
- Home among the gum trees (arr. Tien)

Melancholic Bells (Japan)
- Moonlight over the deserted castle (Rentaro Taki arr. Tien)

Inspired by Austria
The Sound of Music, excerpts (Rogers/Hammerstein, arr. Tien)
- My favourite things
- Edelweiss
- 16 going on 17

From 'Pictures at an Exhibition' (Russia)
- The Old Castle (Musorgsky, arr. Maassen)

Great bells of fire (Belgium)
- Ballade (Jef Rottiers)

Ancient bells (China)
- Su-Wu in exile (Chinese trad. arr./perf. by Wen-Ching Su and Tien)


Press Quotes

“a program of wide musical interest, and the excellently engineered recording captures with great fidelity the sound of the carilon .. this disc has special interest both for those who enjoy its unique tonal qualities as well as for its Canberra associations.”

— Bill Hoffmann, The Canberra Times

“If CDs ever wore out .. the CD ... would be long gone ... It is, without question, the best CD of carillon playing I have ever heard ... absolutely superb.”

— Crystal Cathedral, California

“a rare opportunity to show the versatility of the instrument.”

— Chris Copas, The Star

“a completely different type of musical experience ... certainly an interesting addition to the collection.”

— Greg Crawford, Organ Music Society of Adelaide

“this innovative recording by Move will not disappoint.”

— David Vann, Organ Society of Queensland

“the bells of the carillon create the perfect atmosphere ... it is a recording that demonstrates the versatility of the instrument ...”

— Amanda Watson, ASME Journal

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