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TP901 - Twenty-Five David Stanhope (piano)
After taking a break from recording the Chopin Op.10 etudes with the Godowsky studies and making a welcome return to the keyboard, David Stanhope tackles some of the most technically fiendish repertoire in the piano literature - the Godowsky Studies on Chopin's Etudes Op. 25.
TP266 - Le Tango Perpetuel Australia Ensemble
This CD contains a collection of wonderful piano music in transcriptions for the Australia Ensemble by its pianist Ian Munro, who says: "In these four essays in transcription, I have aimed to bring further instrumental colour to masterworks of the piano repertoire. ... I have frequently turned to gems of the piano repertoire that seem to me to contain instrumental colours trapped within them, begging to be released. To be honest, though, I have always enjoyed recasting music that I love into forms that I can play with friends, probably the best justification for arranging anything."
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 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.
TP263 - bushfire dreams Ormond String Quartet
Lotte Betts-Dean
If you doubted that the string quartet is alive and well in Australia, this CD should reassure you. Four marvellous works by Melbourne composers are presented here in superb performances by the Ormond Quartet, resident at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music between 2016 and 2018. Lotte Betts-Dean joins the quartet for the performance of Katy Abbott's work.
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.
TP261 - TWO STEP Cathy Milliken and friends
Recorded in Berlin, Brisbane and Tev Aviv, this is a truly international recording. Cathy Milliken is an Australian oboist and composer currently working from Berlin. She has involved herself in many collaborative projects with some of the best modern performers available. The text flowing through the recording comes from a series of short poems in Gertrude Stein's 1914 collection 'Tender Buttons'.
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.
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.
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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    Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577
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