Peter Sculthorpe - The ABC Recordings | ABC Classics ABC4811293

Peter Sculthorpe - The ABC Recordings

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Label: ABC Classics

Cat No: ABC4811293

Format: CD + DVD

Number of Discs: 11

Release Date: 11th May 2015

Contents

Artists

Anthony Fogg (piano)
David Drury (organ)
Mark Atkins (digeridu)
Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano)
Kirsti Harms (mezzo-soprano)
Peter Sculthorpe (speaker)
Karin Schaupp (guitar)
William Barton (didjeridu)
Goldner String Quartet
Adelaide Chamber Singers
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

John Hopkins
David Porcelijn
Edo de Waart
James Judd
Arvo Volmer
Richard Tognetti
Stuart Challender
Richard Mills
Michael Christie

Works

Sculthorpe, Peter

Cello Dreaming
Djilile
Earth cry
From Ubirr
From Uluru
Great Sandy Island
Irkanda IV
Kakadu
Lament (1991)
Little Nourlangie
Little Suite for strings
Mangrove
Memento Mori
Music for Bali
Music for Japan
My Country Childhood
New Norcia
Night Song
Nourlangie
Piano Concerto
Port Arthur: In Memoriam
Port Essington
Quamby
Requiem
Small Town
Sonatas for Strings no.1
Sonatas for Strings no.2
Sonatas for Strings no.3
Songs of Sea and Sky
Sun Music I-IV
Sun Song
The Fifth Continent for speaker and orchestra
The Song of Tailitnama

Artists

Anthony Fogg (piano)
David Drury (organ)
Mark Atkins (digeridu)
Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano)
Kirsti Harms (mezzo-soprano)
Peter Sculthorpe (speaker)
Karin Schaupp (guitar)
William Barton (didjeridu)
Goldner String Quartet
Adelaide Chamber Singers
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
Queensland Symphony Orchestra

Conductors

John Hopkins
David Porcelijn
Edo de Waart
James Judd
Arvo Volmer
Richard Tognetti
Stuart Challender
Richard Mills
Michael Christie

About

The passing of Peter Sculthorpe back in August 2014 was ‘not only a loss for Australia, of which country he had become a kind of musical icon, but for the world’ (IRR obituary November 2014). Peter Sculthorpe symbolised and was the voice of Australian classical music in the same way that Tom Roberts and Sidney Nolan represent Australian art and Patrick White (with whom Peter wrote his opera Eliza Fraser) and Peter Carey Australian literature.
 
Peter Sculthorpe had a life long relationship with his publisher Faber Music in London, and after Benjamin Britten, was the second composer ever signed to Faber Music back in 1965.
 
Peter Sculthorpe had an enjoyable and fruitful relationship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ABC Classics. Yorkshire born conductor John Hopkins first championed works by Peter Sculthorpe in Australia in the mid-1960s, and here conducts the first recording of Sun Music I - IV (featured on CD 1 of the boxed set), originally licensed for release on LP to EMI in 1977. This was the first commercial recording to establish Sculthorpe internationally.
 
This 10CD deluxe boxed set, brings together Sculthorpe’s ABC recordings for the first time to form a remarkable tribute to one of the world’s great composers. The mix of conductors who have embraced the music of Sculthorpe on this boxed set says much in itself - Dutch conductors David Porcelijn and Edo de Waart, British conductor James Judd, Estonian Arvo Volmer and director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti.

Sculthorpe created a musical voice that for the first time spoke directly of the land, the people and the spirit of Australia. His music opened up new possibilities for Australian composers, and brought a distinctive Australian voice to concert halls around the world.
 
This collection celebrates four decades of ABC recordings of Sculthorpe’s orchestral music, including the acclaimed Sun Music, Earth Cry, Port Essington, Quamby and Requiem. The set contains extensive annotations from Dr Graeme Skinner, one of the Australia’s pre-eminent academics and writers on the history of Australian music and musical composition, providing a thorough musical insight to this revered composer.

Also included in this set is the first-ever release of the DVD 'Peter Sculthorpe – The String Quartets', in which the composer surveys his life and career as seen through his 18 string quartets, the first of which was written in the 1940s, with No.18 completed in 2010. Performances are by the acclaimed Goldner String Quartet, long time champions of Peter’s music.

Contents:
CD 1

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra / John Hopkins
1. Sun Music I
2. Sun Music II
3. Sun Music III
4. Sun Music IV
5. Irkanda IV
6. Piano Concerto - Anthony Fogg (piano)
7. Small Town

CD 2
Sydney Symphony Orchestra / Stuart Challender
1. Earth Cry
2. Irkanda IV
3. Small Town
4. Kakadu
5. Mangrove

CD 3
Australian Chamber Orchestra / Richard Tognetti
1-6. Port Essington
6-11. First Sonata for Strings
12. Lament
13. Second Sonata for Strings
14-15. Third Sonata for Strings (Jabiru Dreaming)
16. Ikranda IV

CD 4
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / David Porcelijn
1. Memento mori
2. Sun Song
3. Sun Music I
4. Sun Music II
5. Sun Music III
6. Sun Music IV
7. From Uluru

CD 5
Sydney Symphony Orchestra / Edo de Waart
1. Little Nourlangie - David Drury (organ)
2. Music for Japan - Mark Atkins (digeridu)
3-7. Piano Concerto - Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano)
8. The Song of Tailitnama - Kirsti Harms (mezzo-soprano)

CD 6
Sydney Symphony Orchestra / David Porcelijn
1. Port Arthur: In memoriam
2. Djilile
3-7. The Fifth Continent - Peter Sculthorpe (speaker), Mark Atkins (didjeridu)
8. Lament
9-11. Little Suite
12. Night Song
13. Port Arthur: In memoriam

CD 7
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / James Judd
1-4. My Country Childhood
5. Earth Cry (abridged)
6-10. Great Sandy Island
11. New Norcia
12-15. Quamby (for chamber orchestra)

CD 8
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra / Richard Mills
1. Cello Dreaming
2-5. Quamby
6. Nourlangie - Karin Schaupp (guitar)
7. From Tabu Tabuhan (Music for Bali)

CD 9
William Barton (didjeridu), Queensland Symphony Orchestra / Michael Christie
1. Earth Cry
2. Mangrove
3-8. Songs of Sea and Sky
9. Kakadu
10. From Ubirr

CD 10
William Barton (didjeridu), Adelaide Chamber Singers
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra / Arvo Volmer
1-8. Requiem

DVD 'Peter Sculthorpe – The Quartets'
Featuring the Goldner String Quartet and Peter Sculthorpe

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