Songmakers Australia – Myrtle & Roses


Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre & Songmakers Australia


Songmakers Australia celebrates 10 years with a ravishing bouquet of great songs.

Unique in the musical landscape of Australia, Songmakers Australia brings together some of the country’s leading singers and instrumentalists in a diverse repertoire comprising some of the pinnacles of all chamber music. Under the artistic patronage of Graham Johnson, founding director of the acclaimed London-based Songmakers Almanac, pianist Andrea Katz teams with soprano Merlyn Quaife, mezzo-soprano Christina Wilson, tenor Brenton Spiteri and bass-baritone Nicholas Dinopoulos in inspired programs that feature a dynamic interplay of song and chamber music.

About this concert

Leading vocal ensemble Songmakers Australia captivates with a garland of songs, dedications and serenades. The delightful collection of flower-inspired songs features duets and trios by great masters, including Robert Schumann’s romantic Mit Myrten und Rosen (With Myrtles & Roses), and English and Australian classics, such as Percy Grainger’s lovesick Willow, Willow. Dedicated to its fans and newcomers on the 10th anniversary of Songmakers’ debut, this enchanting concert is a perfect fit for the intimate beauty of the Primrose Potter Salon.

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Songmakers Australia
Merlyn Quaife soprano
Christina Wilson mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Dinopoulos bass-baritone
Andrea Katz piano


Robert Schumann
Liederkreis, Op.24
9. Mit Myrten und Rosen

Myrthen, Op.25
24. Du bist wie eine Blume

Three Zweistimmige Lieder, Op.43
2. Herbstlied

Myrthen, Op.25
25. Aus den oestlichen Rosen
7. Die Lotosblume

Minnespiel, Op.101
3. Ich bin dein Baum, o Gartner

Felix Mendelssohn
Six Duets, Op.63
4. Herbstlied
6. Maiglöckchen und die Blümelein

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Due pupille amabili, K.439
Mi lagnerò tacendo, K.437
Più non si trovano, K.549

Linda Phillips
Plum tree

Roger Quilter
Three Songs, Op.3
2. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Three Songs, Op.15
3. Blossom Time

Alan Tregaskis
Five Blake Songs: A Song Cycle
3. Vision

Benjamin Britten
Down by the Salley Gardens

Percy Grainger
Willow, Willow

Jules Massenet
Le poème des fleurs


This production is part of the following series:

Season One: Awaken

Celebrate the best local and international music at the award-winning venue where live music lives.