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The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.
After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.
It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.
In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.
The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration.
1 MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo
2 BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’
3 GRAINGER Blithe Bells
Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)
4 An die Musik (To Music)
5 Erlkönig (The Erl-King)
6 Die Forelle (The Trout)
7 Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang
Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)
WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’
8 I. Vivace
9 II. Andante
10 III. Vivace
11 IV. Menuetto I & II
ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)
12 ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:
I. Allegro moderato
Goldner String Quartet (2010)
13 Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero
14 Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto
Andrea Lam piano (2012)
15 WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia
Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)
MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts
16 II. Lullaby in Edo
17 III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi
18 IV. Skye Boat Song
Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013)
19 DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto
Eggner Trio (2015)