101 Peaceful Piano: The Best Classical Piano Music to Relax and Unwind

ABC Classics 485 5703 This 5 CD set is a very pleasing collection of some well-known and not so well-known piano music. Played by Australian pianists, including Tamara-Anna Cislowska, Roger Woodward, William Chen, Gerard Willems, Simon Tedeschi, Sally Whitwell, Michael Kieran Harvey, Jayson Gillham and Duncan Gifford to name just a few, the selections are … Read more

Polarities, Vol 2 – Works For Orchestra And Large Ensemble

NV6353 Performed by a combination of the Moravian Philharmonic, Janacek Philharmonic and Zagreb Festival Orchestras, this album of 6 outstanding and diverse works from composers who are similarly eclectic, makes for a truly appealing recording of new music. From accessible orchestration with lyrical themes or nostalgic ideas, to some featuring more contemporary musical vocabulary, this … Read more

Family Connections: A personal response

Last week I and my friend Justyn Reis had the pleasure of attending a vocal recital by soprano Charlotte de Rothschild, sensitively accompanied by my old friend, pianist @Barry Walmsley. It took place at the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney. What a delightful and interesting night it was! “Family Connections” was the theme and she presented … Read more

Charlotte de Rothschild: Sings a story of her Family Connections

In her Sydney-only recital, British soprano Charlotte de Rothschild will weave a fascinating story of her famous family’s connections with the great composers of Europe. With her reputation as an international artist and after years of research, no-one is better placed than the soprano Charlotte de Rothschild to tell the unique story of the Rothschilds … Read more

Rhythm to Recovery

Faulkner, S.: Rhythm to Recover – A Practical Guide to Using Rhythmic Music, Voice and Movement for Social and Emotional Development, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2017) (This review first appeared in The Studio (May 2017), published by MTA of NSW.) Simon Faulkner has become one of the world’s leading exponents on the use of … Read more

Brandenburg Celebrates

Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Brandenburg Choir Artistic Director: Paul Dyer ABC 481 1929 You can’t go past some of the great works of the Baroque if you want to celebrate joy, passion, triumph and elegance, all traits of the astounding Australian Brandenburg Orchestra. After 25 years of continued success and audience favour, the ABO has carved … Read more

Barry Walmsley

Murwillumbah’s music man

CONDUCTING, adjudicating, playing, writing and composing…Barry Walmsley has almost done it all in the world of music.

So as adjudicator at the Murwillumbah Festival of Performing Arts, currently underway at the local civic centre, he is the ideal man to be giving advice to young musicians.

Elements: Simon Gleeson

SG24601 This debut album from musical theatre star, Simon Gleeson, will not leave anyone disappointed. Currently starring as Jean Valjean in the acclaimed new production of Cameron Mackintosh’s Les Miserables, Gleeson shows that he is a world-class singer and actor. On this recording, he has assembled songs that are a personal testament, reflecting elements of … Read more

I Was Flying: Music by Sally Whitwell

ABC 481 1704 The piano music of Sally Whitwell will become even more accessible from this original recording. Many already know of this Sydney pianist from her recordings, particularly the music of Phillip Glass, as well as her performances with numerous ensembles and soloists. This disc, however, thrusts the individual personality of Ms Whitwell centre … Read more