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Recent Releases
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TP265 - Galop! Virtuoso Orchestral Transcriptions
David Stanhope and His Orchestra
This is a serious orchestral "show-off" disc. As David Stanhope says: "the major works were originally written for piano or two pianos. The Liszt and Godowsky pieces are rarely heard because of their extreme difficulty, while the Rachmaninoff (although well-known) may have been intended as a future orchestral work. My orchestral transcriptions are intended to shed light on brilliant or beautiful music that is either neglected or shows the possible intent of the composer. The two short pieces of mine attached as encores were originally written for the Asian Games of 2006."
TP264 - Australian Premieres Vol. 2 Ryszard Pusz (percussion)
Dimity Hall (violin) and Julian Smiles (cello)
David Stanhope (piano)
David Stanhope & His Orchestra
This CD proves that it is possible to record a concerto with a soloist and a digital orchestra. And at the same time bring to light four remarkable works that have never been recorded, and in two instances never performed. All of these works have been patiently languishing in archives and can now see the light of day.
TP262 - Dracula (2 CDs) An opera by David Stanhope
This is the first serious operatic treatment of Bram Stoker's original story. Dracula is a perfect subject for opera with the popular ingredients of sex, violence and religion. David Stanhope's marvellous work is lyrical and listenable, utilising a large orchestra with stunning effects and gorgeous harmonies. The cast includes Australia's finest opera singers.
TP260 - Mozart
Sonatas K. 570, 282, 333
Geoffrey Lancaster (fortepiano)
Geoffrey Lancaster is back with another disc of Mozart Sonatas. His first for Tall Poppies (TP247) delighted the critics: "Purists have condemned these performances, but I salute a shibboleth-shattering performer and a brave recording company for sweeping away 250 years of straitlaced stylistic purity and pomposity. I will never be able to listen to these familiar pieces in quite the same way again." Vincent Plush, The Australian, January 2018.
TP259 - Australian Fantasia
Orchestral Works by David Stanhope
David Stanhope
This CD presents orchestral works by David Stanhope and four of his transcriptions for orchestra. Except for Olympic Fireworks, which was part of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games opening ceremony, all these works are hitherto unperformed in public.
TP258 - From the Hungry Waiting Country Halcyon performs Elliott Gyger
Three astounding works by Elliott Gyger are presented by Halcyon and featuring the thrilling voices of Jenny Duck-Chong and Alison Morgan and some of Australia's best performers. This is challenging music which rewards every listen. It's full of mystery and glistening textures and its narrative holds you to the end.
TP257 - SPACE Colin Bright Syzygy Band
This CD presents one work by Colin Bright written especially for his Syzygy Band, an ensemble of outstanding improvising musicians. The score is published in the CD booklet, and this allows a listener to follow the music and see where the music is written out and where it becomes the reponsibility of the ensemble members to improvise.
TP256 - Transformation
Music by Roger Smalley
Adam Pinto (piano)
Chris Tonkin (electronics)
Paul Tanner (percussion)
Roger Smalley was one of Australia's most respected composers. He eschewed popular styles and wrote an oeuvre of works that are both thrilling and challenging, and always of the highest musical level. This project is a loving tribute from three musicians from Perth, Western Australia who have recorded three previously unrecorded works by Smalley.
TP255 - Australian Premières David Stanhope
None of these symphonies has ever been performed in public. Once you've heard this music you will wonder why. All three works are definitely worth hearing. By making use of his digital orchestra, David Stanhope has breathed life into these neglected works, making them available to be heard for the first time.
TP253 - Joseph Haydn: The Seven Last Words of Christ Geoffrey Lancaster (fortepiano)
This is one of the most extraordinary of Haydn's late works. Five versions exist, including the original orchestral work. This keyboard version was made by his publisher, Artaria, and was thoroughly approved by the composer. It is a work full of passion and contemplation and given a superlative performance. It is the first Australian recording of this piece, and it shines in comparison to the six other performances currently available on CD.
TP250 - This Moment must be sung Halcyon
This is a very special recording of some extraordinary vocal music by Australian composer Andrew Schultz. Halcyon (which is Alison Morgan and Jenny Duck-Chong, and a stellar band of instrumental musicians) has championed Schultz's work for one and two voices throughout its twenty-year history.
TP249 - three kinds of silence Chamber music by Christine McCombe
This CD contains four chamber works by Christine McCombe, a Melbourne-based composer, teacher and writer. These are all world premiere recordings. It is also the first CD released of her chamber music. After initial studies in composition at the University of Melbourne and the Victorian College of the Arts, Christine moved to the UK in 1997 to study with James MacMillan at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and later completed a PhD in composition at the University of Edinburgh.


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