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

Fine Music to Air New HSC Program

(This article first appeared in the January 2016 edition of Fine Music magazine.) In a new initiative by Fine Music, students, teachers and listeners will have the opportunity to hear and learn about the latest in Australian music. With Jason Noble at the helm, listeners will discover concepts have their aural diet expanded, as new … Read more

Bohemian Rhapsody: Choral Pop

Cantillation ABC 481 0120 Fifteen of the world’s favourite pop songs are assembled here in choral settings that retain all the excitement, verve and vivacity of the original songs. Of course, pop songs set for choir often do not succeed, but these arrangements (by Dan Walker, Sally Whitwell, Daryl Runswick, Ward Swingle and Roderick Williams) … Read more

All Imperfect Things: Solo Piano Music of Michael Nyman

Sally Whitwell (Piano) ABC 481 0412 (This review appeared in the December 2013 edition of Fine Music magazine.) In Sally Whitwell’s opening statement for her third CD, she says “I am keeping Classical Music friendly”. She has indeed successfully executed this through her performances and recordings, making a name for herself by chiefly taking slightly … Read more

Cello Romance

ABC 476 5162 Anthologies of famous cello music abound, but this latest 2CD release from ABC Classics deserves to be heard. It is a compilation of recordings made mostly by Australians, including Janis Laurs, Li-Wei Qin, Sally Maer, Louise King, Michael Goldschlager, Julian Thompson, Suzanne Wijsman, Noeleen Wright, Daniel Yeardon, Anthea Cottee, Fenella Gill and … Read more

The Good, The Bad and the Awkward

The Good, the Bad and the Awkward Sally Whitwell (pianist) ABC Classics 476 4898   Reviewed by Barry Walmsley At first, I picked this CD up and wondered what it was all about… Great music played by a pianist who is one of the fastest evolving personalities in the Australian classical music scene today – … Read more

The Beatles Unplugged

Sydney Philharmonia Chamber Singers & Band Created by Sally Whitwell and Daniel Walker Featuring Rob Mills and Bobby Fox City Recital Hall, Angel Place Saturday, 25 August 2012 The timelessness of John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s songs was evident in the Sydney Philharmonia Chambers Singers’ foray into the realm of popular music. This select choral … Read more

Mad Rush: Solo Piano Music of Philip Glass Sally Whitwell ABC Classics 476 4469

The debut album of Sydney pianist, Sally Whitwell is a couragious and landmark recording for the ABC. It shows a pianist of extraordinary skill in re-interpreting the solo piano music of Philip Glass using the equally innovative and powerful Stuart & Sons grand piano (complete with 102 keys). In the hands of Whitwell, the tonal … Read more