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Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composers

This International Women’s Day (March 8), ABC Classic is releasing Women of Note: A Century of Australian Composers – the first in a new series celebrating Australian female composers.

Australia has always punched above our weight musically, our female musicians especially – Nellie Melba, Joan Sutherland and Eileen Joyce in particular loom large among the finest musicians of the twentieth century. But beyond these celebrated performers, the history of Australia’s female composers is equally outstanding.

Miriam Hyde,Dulcie Holland and Margaret Sutherland were hugely influential in the early years of Australia’s musical development. Peggy Glanville-Hicks and Anne Boydlooked beyond our borders to the musical traditions of other cultures, and sought to find a place for Australia among the community of musical nations.

Elena Kats-Cherninis a phenomenon unto herself, arguably Australia’s most popular and best known composer. Yuin woman Brenda Gifford brings insights from her Indigenous culture to the Western classical tradition. And composers such as Sally Whitwell, Maria Grenfell,Kate Moore,Nicole Murphy andOlivia Bettina Davies represent the myriad ways in which classical music is developing in the 21st century.

This compilation is a fascinating journey through the history of Australian composition, highlighting just how much of that history has been written by women.

TRACKLISTING

CD 1

MIRIAM HYDE 1913–2005
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-flat minor (1934)
1 I. Allegro
2 II. Lento
3 III. Allegro scherzando
Miriam Hyde piano, West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Geoffrey Simon conductor

DULCIE HOLLAND 1913–2000
Piano Trio (1944)live recording
4 I. Allegro non troppo
5 II. Fast
6 III. Allegro maestoso
Eggner Trio

PEGGY GLANVILLE-HICKS 1912–1990
Etruscan Concerto (1954)
7 I. Promenade
8 II. Meditation
9 III. Scherzo
Caroline Almonte piano, Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills conductor

CD2

MARGARET SUTHERLAND 1897–1984
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra (1960)
1 I. Allegro
2 II. Adagio
3 III. Allegro
Leonard Dommett violin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Patrick Thomas conductor

ANNE BOYD b. 1946
4 As I Crossed a Bridge of Dreams (1975)
The Contemporary Singers,
Antony Walker conductor

ELENA KATS-CHERNIN b. 1957
5 Russian Rag (1995 / 1996)
Sydney Alpha Ensemble,
David Stanhope conductor

MARIA GRENFELL b. 1969
Di Primavera (Of Spring) (1998 / 2001)
6 I. Lively and steadily
7 II. Rubato, espressivo
8 III. With energy and bounce
Claire Edwardes marimba,
Karin Schaupp guitar

SALLY WHITWELL b. 1974
9 Road Trip (2012)
Sally Walker flute, Sally Whitwell piano

KATE MOORE b. 1979
10 Fern (2012)
Ensemble Offspring

NICOLE MURPHY b. 1983
11 Spinning Top (2016)
Benaud Trio

BRENDA GIFFORD b. 1965arr. Jessica Wells
12 Bardju (Footprints) (2017)
Ensemble Offspring

OLIVIA BETTINA DAVIES b. 1988
13 Crystalline (2018)
ACO Collective

Release
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.…/2The 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. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     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. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   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)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   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’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   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)