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Alan Vivian, clarinet, Susanne Powell,
Alan Vivian is one of Australia's highest profile musicians. He has held positions of Principal Clarinet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra and Canberra Symphony Orchestra - and Guest Principle Clarinet with the BBC Symphony in London. As a chamber musician with the Australia Ensemble, the Canberra Wind Soloists, and as a concerto soloist for the ABC, he has performed nationally and internationally, touring to over twenty countries on five continents. He appears on recordings under the Sony, EMI, Polygram and ABC Classics Labels, and is a featured Artist in Pamela Weston's book, "Clarinet Virtuosi of Today".
In "Fancy That!", Alan Vivian performs
repertoire of his choice, joined by his colleague at the
Canberra School of Music, pianist Susanne Powell. The works
are distinguished by melodic charm, impeccable musical
structure and, where appropriate, intelligent and appealing
use of counterpoint.
LEONARD BERNSTEIN (1918-1990) Sonata
for Clarinet and Piano
ARTHUR BENJAMIN (1893-1960)
SERGEI RACHMANINOV (1873-1943)
ROBERT MUCZYNSKI (1929-) Time
“VISIONS OF MARY IMMACULATE” – JADCD 1099
WORKS BY: ROBERT ALLWORTH, ERIC GROSS – INCLUDING THE ST. JOHN PASSION, GOOD FRIDAY 1979
DURATION : 66'16”
A collection of works for organ by Robert Allworth inspired by religious themes.
ROBERT ALLWORTH - VISIONS OF MARY IMMACULATE (1989)
1. Meditations of St. Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal;
5. Hymn To Our Lady of Fatima - Salvation of the World & St Therese of Lisieux (1990) Lawrence Bartlett – Organ, St. Michael's, Vaucluse Sydney
6. THE ST. JOHN PASSION GOOD FRIDAY (1979) NEW DIGlTAL MASTER
ROBERT ALLWORTH –
7 – 12. 6 Voluntaries for Organ in Honour of St. Catherine Laboure & The Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary (1972) - (1989)
13. GOSPEL PROCESSION - NEW DIGITAL MASTER
14. ERIC CROSS - PRELUDE TO PARADISE (1977)
15 ROBERT ALLWORTH - MIRACLE IN THE RAIN (I990)
TOTAL DURATION: 66'16”.
Compact Dlsc PRODUCED BY ROBERT ALLWORTH 3rd July 2003
DISTRIBUTED BY BROAD MUSIC
"WHEN THE WORLD WAS GREEN" JADCD 1098
The title track is a solo piano work by Carr-Boyd, performed by the composer, being part of incidental music composed for the play of that name by Sam Shepherd which had its premier season in Australia at the Belvoir Downstairs Theatre in Sydney, 1998. Carr-Boyd's popular "Fandango" is also featured, as played by the Sydney Mandolins. They also give the premiere recording of "For A Gentle Soul" (2000) by Gross, a work subtitled "Remembering Peter Platt", a friend and colleague of the composer. Allworth's 20-minute work "Variations for Piano" (1972) is performed by David Miller, and is in one continuous movement, presenting themes which succeed each other in and endless melodic flow, creating a "Lotus Land" atmosphere.
“MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS” JADCD 1097
Featured players in this engaging CD are Michael Hooper, mandolin; Esther Cheng, violin; Michael Tabrett, viola & Catherine Tabrett, 'cello. This group premieres new works by Gross & Allworth. Adding to Gross' already substantial contribution to mandolin repertoire is CONCERTO DA CAMERA (1997) in 4 movements. Reflecting, in its structure, the musical traditions of Vienna and, in particular, the work of 18th century Czech composer Dusek. Gross achieves a pleasing fusion of past and present. A work of distinctive modernity.
Also pleasing, and written for the same ensemble, are 3 new works by Allworth: MUSIC FOR ALL SEASONS is autumnal in character, giving clear themes in 12-note formations and sequential forms. In MEDITATIONS prominence is given to the mandolin, while in FOREVER SUNSET, inspired by Tennyson's poem "The Lotus Eaters", the ensemble creates colouristic effects.
Carr-Boyd's SUITE VERONIQUE for solo harpsichord (1982) places modern dance and folk rhythms in the structure of a baroque suite. The CD closes with a historic recording by the Choir of Christ Church St. Lawrence in Sydney, 1979,
- AUSTRALIA SUITE" JADCD 1093
This CD comprises two major concert works which have been digitally remastered from earlier releases and are now available on one CD.
Concerto No. 2 for Mandolin & Chamber orchestra Op. 151, by Eric Gross is dedicated to Paul Hooper who plays the solo part in this recording, with the Tasmanian Symphony orchestra conducted by Patrick Thomas. The two outer movements feature patterns of dialogue between soloist and orchestra. In the second movement, to quote the composer, a succession of "intense string passages are answered by mandolin cadenzas written especially to exploit the musicianship and technical mastery of Paul Hooper. "
Robert Allworth's "Australia Suite" is composed (in the composer's words) "in a style somewhat reminiscent of Stravinsky's Ballet AGON where the orchestra is used in sections and only occasionally at full strength. The Suite comprises 9 movements each of which employs skilful orchestral devices to portray a different time and place at various locations across the Australian continent. Patrick Thomas conducts the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.
"ALBUM LEAVES" JADCD 1023 Works by: Robert Allworth, Lawrence Bartlett, Ann Carr-Boyd, Eric Gross. Duration 70.52 The mandolin, with organ or string trio is strongly featured in 4 works, along with Carr-Boyd's "Suite Veronese for Harpsichord".
"OSSIA -AUSTRALIAN COMPOSERS VOL.1" JADCD 1024 Works by: Eric Gross, Michael Smetanin, Robert Allworth, Ann Ghandar, Anne Boyd, Ian Shanahan, Larry Sitsky, Chris Dench, Mary Mageau, Michael Whittaker, Ian Fredericks. Duration: 73.29 This anthology comprises a particularly wide range of music styles and gives a most interesting overview of the work being done today in Australian composition.
"RIVER SONGS" JADCD 1026 Works by: Betty Beath, Robert Allworth, Lawrence Bartlett, Ann Carr-Boyd, Eric Gross. Duration: 69.34 Beath provides 6 of the 14 tracks. Three of these are vocal works including 2 major song cycles, both to words by Jena Woodhouse: "River Songs" (1991) for soprano & piano (sung by Jan Delpratt); "Points In A Journey" for soprano, flute & piano (sung by Susan Dunn). "Prefatory Sonnet" by Gross is also a vocal work sung by tenor Antony Walker, with piano & clarinet. Allworth contributes works for a range of ensembles, including "2 Bagatelles" for mandolins & soprano recorder. Organ & harpsichord works also feature.
"PORTRAIT OF AUSTRALIAN COMPOSERS" JADCD 1027 Works by: Eric Gross, Ann Carr-Boyd, Dulcie Holland, Mary Mageau, Robert Allworth, Betty Beath. Duration: 71.06 Includes 3 ABC recordings, the Symphony Orchestra with Paul Hooper playing Mandolin Concerto by Gross, and Dulcie Holland's Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano, composed in 1944, but premiered in 1991 at the Composing Womens' Festival in this performance by the Montefiore Trio. Also organ and harpsichord works by Robert Allworth.
"HOME THOUGHTS FROM ABROAD" JADCD 1028 Works by: Robert Allworth, Lawrence Bartlett, Betty Beath, Ann Carr-Boyd, Dulcie Holland, Eric Gross, Mary Mageau. Duration: 69.10 Taking its title from Carr-Boyd's work for mezzo-soprano & baroque instruments, this CD also contains Beath's much-broadcast vocal work "Poems From The Chinese", plus Gross' entertaining "Occasional Music For A Horse Named Wilton".
"POETIC NOSTALGIA" JADCD 1029 Works by: Dulcie Holland, Ann Carr-Boyd, Robert Allworth, Eric Gross, Lawrence Bartlett, Betty Beath. Duration: 70.15 A wide range of performance groups from the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Sydney Wind Quintet, the Brisbane Baroque Trio with Didgeridoo to solo Piano.
"THE BRISBANE BAROQUE TRIO IN RECITAL" JADCD 1030 A program which combines works of the Baroque period with works by present day Australian composers Mary Mageau, Robert Allworth and Winsome Evans. Duration: 65.38 The trio comprises: Adelaide Brown, flute & recorder, Gary Williams, cello, Mary Mageau, harpsichord. ("Greensleeves" and "Scarborough Fair" are included).
"WHERE NO SHADOWS FALL" JADCD 1031 Works by: Peter Sculthorpe, Ross Edwards, Barry Conyngham, Peter Platt, Eric Gross, Ann Carr-Boyd, Robert Allworth, Don Kay, Lawrence Bartlett, Dulcie Holland. Duration: 71.57 Works by the first four composers listed above were written for a farewell concert for Eric Gross on the occasion of his retirement as associate professor of the Music Department, Sydney University. A variety of instrumental works by Eric are also featured. CD title is from Allworth's 17-minute piano work written in memory of a friend who died in a car accident.
Works by: Peter Sculthorpe, Dulcie Holland, Miriam Hyde, Betty Beath, Eric Gross, Stephen Bull, Robert Allworth, John Colborne-Veel, Ann Carr-Boyd, Dorothy Dodd. Duration: 73.02 Another anthology covering a wide range of styles in works by members of a long-established composers' association.
'SYMPHONY" JADCD 1037 Works by: Dulcie Holland, Ann Carr-Boyd, Eric Gross, Betty Beath, Robert Allworth. Duration: 71.45 The Queensland Symphony Orchestra performs Allworth's much-broadcast 9-movement "Australia Suite". Also heard, Beath's works for soprano/mezzo-soprano & piano "3 Psalms" & "Sermon To The Birds". Also various works for solo piano, mandolins & guitar.
"BARELY SPRING" JADCD 1045 Works by: Dulcie Holland, Ann Carr-Boyd, Robert Allworth, Robert Constable, Colin Spiers, Eric Gross, Lawrence Bartlett & Luke Guang Hong. Duration: 71.00 Following the title piece by Holland for flute, violin & cello, a selection of works for various chamber groupings including Constable's "Locomotive Music" (1993) for 2 marimbas.
"SONATA" JADCD 1047 Works by: Colin Spiers, Eric Gross, Ann Carr-Boyd, Robert Allworth. Duration: 72.30 Two piano sonatas and a cantata for tenor & piano by Spiers are featured along with 3 contrasting works by the 3 other composers, all especially written for the Sydney Mandolins.
"BAROQUE ANGELS" JADCD 1049 (ONLY 20 COPIES LEFT!) Works by: Colin Brumby, Eric Gross, Robert Allworth. Duration: 72.41 And another very popular CD, features 3 major works by Brumby: Piano Concerto No. 1 (The Sun) 1981 & "Three Baroque Angels" for choir and orchestra, commissioned for the 30th Intervarsity Choral Festival, Brisbane, 1979. Also various mandolin and orchestral pieces.
Works by: Eric Gross, Phillip Wilcher, Ann Carr-Boyd, Benjamin Thorn, Lawrence Bartlett, Ruth Gipps, Robert Allworth, Geoffrey Allen. Duration: 71.33 Holland's 3 movement title work describes a sandstone bridge, a familiar landmark in Sydney. Of major interest is the remastered 1975 live recording of Allworth's fine "Spirit Flutes" for an ensemble directed by the late David Ahern. Never a dull moment in this CD's 17 tracks, not even in Holland's "The Composer Falling Asleep"(1994), a short and witty portrayal of Allworth dozing off "during the course of an overly long and tedious concert"!
Works: by Colin Brumby, Eric Gross, Dulcie Holland, Robert Allworth, Duration: 69.29 Brumby's music on earlier CDs has proved so popular that several have completely or almost sold out. His Bassoon Concerto, Flute Concerto & Clarinet Concerto are now on one CD with shorter works by the above.
"SONGS OF HENRY LAWSON & ROBERT BURNS" JADCD 1064 Works by: Eric Gross, Colin Brumby, Dulcie Holland, Robert Allworth, Lawrence Bartlett. The two principle works, by Gross, are settings of songs performed by bass baritone Alan Light with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer. The six Lawson songs also feature double bassist Walter Sutcliffe. Five verses by Burns are set. Excellent performance and imaginative orchestral effects make this a highly recommended collection.
"REMEMBERING ALAN SPENCE" JADCD 1067 Works by: Eric Gross, Dulcie Holland, Colin Brumby, Robert Allworth. Duration: 65.49. Organist & choir master, the late Alan Spence is the dedicatee and the subject of a piano elegy by Allworth, who also offers a major 22 minute work "Arias & Interludes"(1984) written for mandolin & string trio - a series of interlinked miniatures written using 12-tone technique. Piano Concerto Op. 135 (1984) by Gross is a substantial work in 4 movements, dedicated to and performed by pianist Sally Mays with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by Patrick Thomas, who also play Brumby's popular orchestral piece "Phoenix & The Turtle" (1974).
"AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPE" JADCD 1068 Works by: Robert Allworth, Dulcie Holland, Colin Brumby, Eric Gross. Duration: 67.51 Holland's 1996 String Quartet is premiered by the Orpheus String Quartet. Also heard are two witty short works by Gross, Allworth's short work for cello & piano inspired by the novel "Atlas Shrugged" by Ayn Rand; and the re-mastering of his "Australia Suite" , a musical tour of many places across the continent, played by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra conducted by Patrick Thomas.
"AUSTRALIAN FANFARE" JADCD 1070 Works by: Dulcie Holland, Eric Gross, Colin Brumby, Ann Carr-Boyd, Robert Allworth, Ian Shanahan. Duration: 59.07 This CD commemorates the award of an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) to Robert Allworth for his services to Australia music. It contains material previously released on Jade in styles ranging from conservative to avant garde, reflecting Allworth's philosophy of producing CDs which reflect a wide range of compositional techniques.
"MUSIC OF COLIN BRUMBY" JADCD 1082 This release is a digital re-mastering of an earlier Jade CD "Baroque Angels" JADCD 1049 and features works by Colin Brumby, Eric Gross and Robert Allworth. Duration: 72.41 This is a consistently popular CD. It features 3 major works by Brumby: Piano Concerto No. 1 (The Sun) 1981 & "Three Baroque Angels" for choir and orchestra, commissioned for the 30th Intervarsity Choral Festival, Brisbane, 1979. Also various mandolin and orchestral pieces.
"HARLEQUINADE" (Colour cover!) JADCD 1084 Works by: Dulcie Holland, Eric Gross, Robert Allworth, Ray Lemond, Ann Carr-Boyd. Duration:60'23" This appealing CD is named after a piano suite by Brumby performed by Ray Lemond, who also plays attractive works by himself, by Allworth and Gross. A highlight is Holland's 1952 Piano Sonata (duration 18'20") a magnificent work of romantic fervour!
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