Melbourne Composers’ League – CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS

‘Celebrating Twenty Years’ is a collection of contemporary classical works by twenty-three Australian composers based in both Melbourne and Sydney, Australia’s two largest cities.  Melbourne, the home of the Melbourne Composers’ League (MCL), is acknowledged as one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with more than 30 percent of its population born overseas and its 251 distinct ‘spoken’ languages being a number greater than the number of countries in the world.  Demographic surveys state that a language other than English is spoken at home by three in ten of its residents.  This represents a multicultural linguistic diversity that also serves as an analogy for the aesthetic diversity found in the music styles of its composers, who draw inspiration from an either modernist, postmodern, neoromantic or pluralist sensibility.

This MCL triple compact disc celebrates twenty years since the founding of the composer organisation – a collegial group of artists committed to championing the aspirations of the individual within the collective in an effort to reflect the eclecticism evident in contemporary-classical music composition in Australia today.

Produced by Andrián Pertout
Mastered by Michael Costa, Melbourne, Australia, 22 June – 11 September, 2017
Cover design and graphics by Luke Fraser
Front cover artwork ‘Gallipoli’, oil on canvas (2015) by Luping Zeng
Special thanks to Antonio Tenace, Johanna Selleck, Eve Duncan, and Colin McKellar

 

Featured Performers

Helen Ayres – violin; Aaron Barnden – violin; James Cuddeford – violin; Katherine Day – pianoforte; Jacinta Dennett – harp; Peter Doomsday – pianoforte; Claire Edwardes – percussion; Christina Green – pianoforte; Bernadette Harvey – pianoforte; Michael Kieran Harvey – pianoforte; Angela Hewitt – pianoforte; Livia Judge – flute; Danae Killian – pianoforte; Lotte Latukefu – mezzo-soprano; Dewi Liu – pianoforte; Antonietta Loffredo – toy piano; Janet, Gayle and Sienna McKie – voices; Scott Mealy – double bass; Geoffrey Morris – guitar; Sian Prior – soprano; Fiona Sargeant – viola; Johanna Selleck – C flute, alto flute; Silo String Quartet: Alson Rainer – violin, Aaron Barnden – violin, Andrea Keeble – violin, Christian Reed – viola, Ceridwen Davies – viola, Caerwen Martin – violoncello; Maxine Sitcliffe – viola; Syzygy Ensemble: Laila Engle – flute, Julia Stoppa – clarinet, Leigh Harrold – pianoforte, Jenny Khafagi – violin, Blair Harris – violoncello; Carmine Marcello Rizzi – violin; Jacqui Rutten – soprano; Peter Sheridan – C flute, bass flute; Natalya Vagner – pianoforte; Tristram Williams – trumpet.

 

 

DISC 1

PreviewTrackCompositionComposerLength
1My Feet Want to Dance But My Eyes Want to Sleep
(for flute, clarinet, string quartet and pianoforte)
Brenton Broadstock 11:20
2The Arc of the Day
(for piano quintet)
Eve Duncan4:11
3The Beauty of Now
(for violin and pianoforte)
Caerwen Martin9:52
4The Elements
(for violin)
Andrián Pertout6:05
5Returning
(for tape)
Gary McKie3:08
6Moments
(pour piano)
Peter Graham9:08
7Out-Takes
(for amplified string quartet and tape)
Antonio Tenace9:20
8Spindrift
(for solo harp)
Johanna Selleck7:19

 

 

DISC 2

PreviewTrackCompositionComposerLength
1Rhapsody
(for solo viola)
Stephen Lebsanft6:07
2Spirit
(for mezzo-soprano, violin, pianoforte and percussion from Gentleness-Suddenness)
Bruce Crossman10:26
3 - 5Snake Belly Medicine Music
(for bass flute and double bass)
Colin McKellar 9:10
6Kyrie
(for pianoforte, vibraphone and percussion)
Clare Maclean9:03
7Meditation on Satie
(for pianoforte)
Houston Dunleavy3:52
8Interplay
(for guitar and electronics)
Haydn Reeder13:52
9Rainforest
(for soprano and pianoforte)
Natalya Vagner
(Text by Judith Wright)
2:38
10Earth Tones
(for toy piano)
Diana Blom5:24

 

 

DISC 3

PreviewTrackCompositionComposerLength
1Entasis
(for solo trumpet)
Peter Myers12:53
2 - 5Suite from Sighting Silence, Sounding Image
(for pianoforte)
Christina Green8:01
6Binary System
(duet for C flute and bass flute)
Paul Moulatlet6:27
7Birdsong Improvisations
(for soprano and flute)
Jacqui Rutten/Livia Judge2:20
8 - 13Six Short Pieces
(for flute and pianoforte)
David Henderson10:53
14Elegy
(for tape)
Howard Dillon10:59
15Music
(for Solo Flutes)
Peter Tahourdin6:07