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Sculthorpe: The ABC Recordings

Catalog Number: ABC4811293
Label: ABC Classics
Format: CD

Available: 4
Price: $89.00

Peter Sculthorpe (1929-2014)

Peter Sculthorpe, named Australia’s greatest composer by Limelight Magazine shortly after his death in August 2014, had a long and fruitful relationship with ABC Classics. In this deluxe box set, the ABC recordings of his music are brought together for the first time to form a remarkable tribute to one of the world’s great composers.

Sculthorpe created an Australian classical music that for the first time spoke directly of the land, the people and the spirit of this country. His music opened up new possibilities for Australian composers, and brought a distinctively Australian voice to the concert halls of the world.

This 10CD collection celebrates four decades of ABC recordings of Sculthorpe’s orchestral music, including the acclaimed Sun Music, Earth Cry, Quamby and Requiem. The iconic performances feature an array of the finest Australian orchestras, conductors and soloists; and the newly-commissioned and extensive note from Dr Graeme Skinner provides a thorough introduction to the music of this revered composer.

Also included in this set is the first-ever release of the DVD Peter Sculthorpe �" The Quartets, in which the composer surveys his life and career as seen through the prism of his string quartets �" as performed by the Goldner String Quartet.

Track Listing: CD 1: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra John Hopkins - conductor 1. Sun Music I 2. Sun Music II 3. Sun Music III 4. Sun Music IV 5. Irkanda IV 6. Piano Concerto (Anthony Fogg - piano) 7. Small Town CD 2: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Stuart Challender - conductor 1. Earth Cry 2. Irkanda IV 3. Small Town 4. Kakadu 5. Mangrove CD 3: Australian Chamber Orchestra 1-6. Port Essington 6-11. First Sonata for Strings 12. Lament 13. Second Sonata for Strings 14-15. Third Sonata for Strings (Jabiru Dreaming) 16. Ikranda IV CD 4: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra David Porcelijn - conductor 1. Memento mori 2. Sun Song 3. Sun Music I 4. Sun Music II 5. Sun Music III 6. Sun Music IV 7. From Uluru CD 5: Sydney Symphony Orchestra Edo de Waart - conductor 1. Little Nourlangie (David Drury " organ) 2. Music for Japan (Mark Atkins " digeridu) 3-7. Piano Concerto (Tamara Anna Cislowska " piano) 8. The Song of Tailitnama (Kirsti Harms " mezzo-soprano) CD 6: Sydney Symphony Orchestra David Porcelijn - conductor 1. Port Arthur: In memoriam 2. Djilile 3-7. The Fifth Continent (Peter Sculthorpe " speaker, Mark Atkins " didjeridu) 8. Lament 9-11. Little Suite 12. Night Song 13. Port Arthur: In memoriam CD 7: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra James Judd - conductor 1-4. My Country Childhood 5. Earth Cry (abridged) 6-10. Great Sandy Island 11. New Norcia 12-15. Quamby (for chamber orchestra) CD 8: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra Richard Mills - conductor 1. Cello Dreaming 2-5. Quamby 6. Nourlangie (Karin Schaupp " guitar) 7. From Tabu Tabuhan (Music for Bali)

CD 9:
William Barton " didjeridu
Queensland Symphony Orchestra
Michael Christie - conductor
1. Earth Cry
2. Mangrove
3-8. Songs of Sea and Sky
9. Kakadu
10. From Ubirr

CD 10:
William Barton " didjeridu
Adelaide Chamber Singers
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
Arvo Volmer - conductor
1-8. Requiem

DVD: Peter Sculthorpe " The Quartets
Featuring the Goldner String Quartet
and Peter Sculthorpe