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"Celebrating May" by May Howlett

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A compilation of only some of the exceptional compositional works by May Howlett recorded over time by well-known Australian and International artists. A member of an audience once remarked that "her music always takes me on a journey", and this CD just does that.  Her writing seeks to enter into an experience or a concept, and to embody response to it with a 'voice' of the instrument or instruments. Although her music is basically lyrical, there is, often, according to Larry Sitsky, "a sting in the tail". 
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Exhibits - Christine Drager (flute), Katheryn Lambert (piano)
 1  Mobiles
 2  Veil VII 
 3  Electric Mouse
 4  Streeton's Noon
 5  Passing the Tower of Aggrievements -  Jeanell Carrigan (piano)
 6  From Forgotten Stars - Rotraud Schneider (violin)
 7  Waves - Sally Mays (piano)
 8  Rosie the Unruffled - Michael Tabrett (viola), Katarina Kroslakova (piano)
 9  Sacred Grove - Robert Llewellyn (bassoon), Katarina Kroslakova (piano)
 10  Baroqua Rag - Katie Zhukov (piano) 
Wings on the Wind - Emma Knott (flute), David Miller (piano)
 11  Thermals
 12  Mistral
 13  Ah! Sirocco
 14  At the Triton's Call - Lotte Latukefu (mezzo- soprano), Louise Scott (piano)
At the Circus - Katie Zhukov (piano)
 15  Parade
 16  The Pink Ballerina on a White Pony
 17  Catherine Wheels

 

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Affirmations and Aspirations by Mark John McEncroe

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The composer, Mark John McEncroe, takes inspiration from all genres of musical endeavours. His aim is to create an emotional response to his compositions, as is echoed in the titles of his works.
These superb recordings are performed by The Janacek Phillharmonic Orchestra in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic. Conducted by Anthony Armore with orchestration by Mark J Saliba.

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Fanfare Suite
Hope and Optimism
Honesty Sincerity and Integrity
Confidence, Exuberance, Open Mindedness
Joy and Positivity
Symphonic Poem
The Passing
Symphonic Poem
A Celebration of the Natural World




 

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Ancient Rivers - CD by John Martin

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18 solo piano works performed by John Martin.  Includes works by Australian Composers John Terry, Ann Carr-Boyd, John Peterson, Horace Keats as well as, Miriam Hyde, Roy Agnew, Phillip Wilcher and William Lovelock.
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 1  Windy Hill  (Roy Agnew)
 2  Daybreak (Phillip Wilcher)
 3  The Forest Stream (Miriam Hyde)
 5 Grasstree Hill (Ann Carr-Boyd)
 6  Autumn Winds (William Lovelock)
 7  By the Lily-Pond (Horace Keats)
 Ancient Rivers (John Terry)
Five Island (John Peterson)
 9  Flinders Island
 10 Rocky Island 
 11 Bass Island 
 12 Martin Island
 13  Parkyns Island
 14  Down the Dim Gorges (John Terry)
 15  A River Idyll (Miriam Hyde)
 16  Summerhaze (Ann Carr-Boyd)
 17  Drought-Stricken Grasses (Miriam Hyde)
 18 A Summer Breeze (Horace Keats
 

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Andrew Schultz Piano Music by Andrew Schultz

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For Andrew Schultz, the music in this collection covers most of his output written for solo piano over an almost thirty year period since 1987. With his amazing virtuosity, the well known Australian born and  international pianist, Antony Gray, demonstrates his expressive control of phrasing and colour which makes this disc a most pleasurable listening experience.

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 Interludes, Op. 100, No. 2
A gift of paper
2   Secret meetings
Nocturnes and Variations, Op. 96
3   Nocturne - Lento
4   Variations - Sostenuto e misterioso
5   Nocturne - Liquido (quasi senza misura)
Prelude and Postscript, Op. 100, No. 1
6   Prelude
7   Postscript
Four Inventions, Op. 74a
8   Paradise Bar Prelude
9   Toccata (in two parts)
10  Little Interlude for Billy
11  Poppy's Fugue (in two parts)
12  Sleepers Wake - Karalananga, Op. 64b
13 Barcarolle, Op. 54a
14 Sea-Change, Op. 32

 

 
 

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Antarctica by Antonietta Loffredo

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New music for toy piano and/or piano played by Antonietta Loffredo.
Another exciting University of Western Sydney project of newly composed works inspired by the landscapes and atmospheres of one of the most fascinating continents on the planet.  Antarctica is considered an inhospitable continent but it has fascinated and inspired not only travellers, scientists, researchers but musicians and writers.  This program of eleven composers from five countries draws on the sounds of the piano, and the clear, distinctive sound of two toy pianos, into their works. This music been performed by Antonietta in Australia and Italy.
Antarctica volume of the scores will be available online in early May.
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 1  Inside Silence  - Sara Carvalho (Portugal)
 2  The Blue Ice Cave - Diana Blom (Australia)
 3  Implacable Ice - Mercedes Zavala (Spain)
 4  "A" As Antarctica - Francesco Schweizer (Italy)
 5   Percorso A - Stefano Procaccioli (Italy)
 6   Erebus - Chris Adams (New Zealand)
 7  HeartBroken Star In The Dream Winds Of Endless Night - Nathan Wilson (Australia)
 8  Isola di memorie - Paolo Longo (Italy)
 9  Antarctica Suite - Gian Gaolo Luppi (Italy)
 10  Icewhite (penguin's steps in the eternity of nothing) - Antonio Giacometti (Italy)
 11  Iceberg Variations - Paul Smith (Australia)

 

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Australian Piano Anthology for the 21st Century - Vol. One by Katie Zhukov

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Piano music by Australian composers played by Katie Zhukov.
It became apparent that there was a need for new piano works which represented contemporary Australian composers.  Wirripang approached its composers who, with their magnificient response, produced so many excellent works. 46 compositions were finally chosen, edited and critiqued by Katie Zhukov, and were embodied in three albums of sheet music each accompanied by a CD of the pieces recorded by Katie. 
It was from these recordings by Katie that this CD evolved. It is a collection of very pleasant, listenable and varied piano music and representative of the very high standard of work being written by Wirripang Australian composers. 
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The three books of these works (and more) are available online titled:
Wirripang Australian Piano Anthology - 2011
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 1  Baggy Green Rag  (John Martin) 
 2  Prelude and Fugue Chromatica (Tony Wheeler) 
 3  Catherine Wheels (May Howlett) 
 4  Nocturne for a Nebula (Ann Carr-Boyd)
 5  The Pink Ballerina on a White Pony (May Howlett)
 6 Key Connections (Betty Beath)
 7 Thorn of the Rose (John Martin) 
 8 Prelude to Play (Betty Beath)
 9  Parade (May Howlett) 
 10  The Demented Demon (Brennan Keats) 
 11  Paradise Bar Prelude (Andrew Schultz)
 12  Red Dust Settles (Brennan Keats
 13  Politically Correct Rag  (Paul Paviour)
 14  Very Slow Jazz (Ann Carr-Boyd)
 15  The Jazz Cat Miaou (Frank Millward)
 16  Light Through a Stained Glass Window 
(Betty Beath)
 17  Outlines (Andrew Helberg)
 18  Intermezzo in E (Phillip Wilcher)
 19  Lucky Thirteen (John Peterson)
 20  Toccatina (Colin Brumby)
 21  Dreamboat Blues (Amanda Handel) 
 22  Watching the River Flow (John Petrson)
 23  Valse Triste (Stephen Yates)
 24 The Breeze and You (Frank Millward) 
 25 Prelude II (Jennifer Trynes)
 26 Mistique (Mark Matthews)
 27  Ball Games - Basketball (Diana Blom)  
 28  Tip-Toe Tango (Jocelyn E Kotchie) 
 29 The Afghans (Stephen O'Connell)
 30 At Sundown (Amanda Handel)
 
 

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Australian Saxophone Anthology, The by Robert Woodward

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 22 solo and accompaniment works by various Australian composers, performed by Robert Woodward, saxophone and Benjamin Burton piano.  The pieces, especially composed for this anthology, compiled and edited by Rob, are sensitively and imaginatively performed.  A marvellous collection of works, the first produced in Australia.  Composers include: Colin Brumby, Brennan Keats, John Wayne Dixon, Paul Ballam-Cross, Paul Paviour, Ric Mills, Brett McKern, Gavin Lockley, Houston Dunleavy, Stephen O'Connell, and Stephen Yates.
An album of print music for all these pieces is available online.
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 Entrada (Colin Brumby)
Sonata for Alto Saxophone (Paul Ballam-Cross)
 Movement I ,   Movement II,
Movement III,  Movement IV
 Starlight on the Sea (Brennan Keats)
Seasides (John Wayne Dixon)
 Gulls, Sand Dance, Retreat, Ebb
  An April Aubade (Paul Paviour)
Suite for Saxophone (Ric Mills)
 Missing Peace, At First Sight, Meaning,
I'm Still With You, God Be in My Head
 Scherzo for Saxophone (Brett McKern)
 Pie Jesu (Gavin Lockley
 Capriccio (Colin Brumby)
 Serenade (Houston Dunleavy)
 Tempe Downs (Stephen O'Connell)
 Fandangle Indeed (Stephen Yates)
 






 
 

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Australian Song Cycles - Vol 1 by Various Composers

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Features 32 songs from six song cycles by prominent Autralian composers - Ian Cooper, John Peterson, Richard Charlton, Margaret Sutherland, Dulcie Holland and Nigel Butterley who have set poems by Jane Adamson, William Blake, Kenneth Slessor, Mary Gilmore, Robin Gurr.    Performed by Wendy Dixon (soprano) and David Miller (piano).
Print music for First Person Feminine, Eternity's Sunrise, Four Blake Songs and Child in Nature are available online.Wirripang label wirr036
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First Person Feminine - Ian Cooper (Adamson)
 1  i    2  ii     3  iii    4  iv    5  v
  6  vi    7  vii
Eternity's Sunrise - John Peterson (Blake)
 8  Auguries of Innocence
 9  On Another's Sorrow
 10 Holy Thursday
 11 Endless Night
 12  Eternity
Statues - Richard Charlton (Slessor)
 13  The Statues Awake
 14  Venus and Apollo
 15  Flowers
 16 The ghosts of flesh
 17  Reality
Four Blake Songs - Margaret Sutherland (Blake)
 18  Memory, hither come
 19  Piping down the valley wild
 20  How sweet I roamed
 21  I love the jocund dance
Four Mary Gilmore Songs - Dulcie Holland (Gilmour)
 22  Whom shall I praise?
 23  Spring
 24  The loving heart
 25  Rittle rattle rittle
Child in Nature - Nigel Butterley (Gurr)
 26  The Child
 27  The Bird
 28  Brown Jack 
 29  Spider's Web 
 30  The Cricket 
 31  The Wind and the Song 
 32  A Dark Glow About Me 
 

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Birch Tree, The by Diana Weston, Thoroughbass

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The theme of this recording is music inspired by folkmusic. Diana Weston (harpsichord) and the ensemble Thoroughbass have recorded this wonderful collection of tunes by composers such as, Mary Mageau, Béla Bartók, May Howlett, Ann Carr-Boyd and Elena Kats-Chernin.
Folk melody and rhythm can be found permeating works from all centuries and genres up to the present. For the French of the 17th and 18th centuries, it formed the backbone of a national style, albeit one with a sophisticated overlay (the dance suite). For some composers, like Bartók, folkmusic became the stuff of their compositional voice. For others like Ann Carr-Boyd, adaptation of folksong was a way of approaching a wide variety of audiences of different ethnic backgrounds. Her new composition, Suite for Diana, follows this trend, as does Elena Kats-Chernin’s The Birch Tree, both composed for Thoroughbass in 2014 and recorded here for the first time. Thematically overlapping Bartók’s miniature pieces ‘For Children’ (arguably ‘about’ children as much as ‘for’ children) are four songs for children by May Howlett. Both composers recognize the complexity of childhood in music that is expressive and authentic, innocent and above all, fun.

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1 Variations on Scarborough Fair (Mary Mageau)
For Children - Hungarian (Béla Bartók)
 2  No. 4 Pillow Dance
 3  No. 6 Study for left hand
 4  No. 10 Children's Dance   5  No. 11
 6  No. 17 Round Dance
No. 18 Soldier's Song
 8  No. 26   9  No. 28 Choral
10  No. 31
 11  No. 38 Winter Solstice Song
 12  No. 40 Swineherd's Dance
Four Children's Songs (May Howlett)
 13  The Littlest Dragon
 14  The Cat  15  The Dog
16  Flutter by, My Butterfly
Suite for Diana (Ann Carr-Boyd)
17  The Wild Colonial Boy
18  Interlude 1
19  Two Latvian Folksongs
20  Interlude 2
21  Gulumkan  22  Interlude 2a
For Children - Slovakian (Béla Bartók)
23  No. 1  24  No. 6 Round Dance
25  No. 7 Sorrow
26  No. 10 Funeral Dance
27  No. 11   28  No. 17
29  No. 18 Teasing Song
30  No. 19. Romance
31  No. 20 Game of Tag
32  No. 22 Revelry
33  No. 25 Scherzando
34  No. 26 Peasant's Flute
35  No. 28 Choral  36  No. 33
37  No. 34 Farewell  38  No. 38 Dirge
39  The Birch Tree
           (Elena Kats-Chernin)


 

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Bushfire by Rachel Tolmie

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An enthralling CD recorded by Rachel Tolmie cor anglais with the string orchestra Concertante Ensemble conducted by Chris Bearman.  Composers include Phillip Rutherford, Colin Brumby, Chris Sainsbury, Rosalind Carlson and Jennifer Fowler.  Wirr032

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 2  Scena (Colin Brumby)
 3  Bushfire - Mvt I (Chris Sainsbury)
 4   Bushfire Mvt II (Chris Sainsbury) 
 5  Circle of Memories (Rosalind Carlson)
 6  The Flowergirls - Mvt I (Chris Sainsbury)
 8  Lament (Jennifer Fowler)

 

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Callisto: Music for Fairlight CMI by Michael Hannan

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 Michael Hannan
The CD Callisto features works composed for the Fairlight Computer Musical Instrument (CMI) which is the world's first digital music sampler, a product of the late 1970s. The recording also provides some documentation of a phase of Michael Hannan’s development as a composer, during which he was an insider of a ground breaking project generated by the CMI at that time, being 1984.

Each work conveys images that draw one away to other worlds, in the case of Callisto (the largest moon of Jupiter) to a sound analysis of laughter, a series of studies, a sonata written in the style of Conlon Nancarrow, through the inspiration generated by animal calls, a tribute to Slonimsky, finally and intriguingly an attempt to stimulate the conditions by which a thought trance is induced.
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1.  Callisto
2.  Laughing Piece
3.  Study #1.1
4.  Study #1.2
5.  Study #1.3
6.  Sonata After Nancarrow
7.  Animal Minimal
8.  Slonimsky Variations
9.  Alphabeat

 

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