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Beautiful melodies and thoughtful lyrics by effervescent jazz singer Harriett Allcroft

Harriett Allcroft

Harriett Allcroft is well known for her dynamic, emotive and whimsical compositions, accessible to both stalwart jazz appreciators and newcomers to the genre. With a voice that lilts and glides through beautiful melodies and thoughtful lyrics, Harriett Allcroft’s performance features a suite of new music written as a follow up to her 2018 debut album Archie, backed by her incomparable band.

Traversing themes of love, the mundane minutiae of life, and figuring out one’s place in the world, the music Harriett has written is centred on all the places where love has and will occur.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Stephen celebrates a lifelong love of Italy's great music for keyboard

Stephen McIntyre

Stephen McIntyre AM is one of Australia’s most eminent pianists and teachers.

An illustrious career in both performance and education has taken Stephen all over the world, earning him accolades such as the National Critics Award, Sir Bernard Heinze Award for distinguished contribution to music and recognition as a member of the Order of Australia (AM).
A former student of Italian pianists Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli and Guido Agosti, this concert sees Stephen celebrate a lifelong love of the country’s great music for keyboard. From Scarlatti to Busoni, by way of Liszt, music spanning two centuries revels in all things Italian. Radiating brilliance, passion and excitement, these pieces are among the most beautiful jewels in the repertoire.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Immerse yourself in the sounds of the Australian bush and beyond

Trio Avium

Trio Avium celebrates nature’s great orchestra through bird-inspired music from the 14th century to today.

Australian and European birds of all varieties spring to life through the Trio’s lush combination of Baroque violin, viola da gamba and recorders. Elevated by field recordings of the Australian bushland, you will feel as though you are nestled right there among the treetops.

Composer and recorder player Ros Bandt’s world premiere pays tribute to the Australian bird named after its beautiful ‘curra-wong’ call. In another of Ros’s works, the cheeky creature famous for its vocal tricks comes to the fore. The flock continues to grow as we fly to Baroque and Medieval Europe, where composers were equally transfixed by winged creatures. From currawongs to nightingales; from lyrebirds to phoenixes; from roosters to eagles; these melodious works illuminate our endless fascination with birds, both as animals and poetic symbols.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Explore the mystical world of Carnatic music

Adrian Sherriff & The Iyer Brothers

Adrian Sherriff is a composer, musician and lecturer with a fervency for studying the music of cultures around the world. In each of these traditions, he has studied and performed with master musicians of international calibre. His breadth of experience includes European classical, Afro-American jazz, South Indian classical, Japanese shakuhachi, Balinese gamelan, folkloric Afro-Cuban, Brazilian choro and experimental music traditions.

Now the star trombonist is journeying to South India once more, to the mystical world of Carnatic music. Joining him are the virtuoso veena (plucked Indian lute) duo The Iyer Brothers and mridangam (two-headed Indian drum) player Ragavan Sarma.

When they perform in India, brothers Ramnath and Gopinath Iyer perform for audiences in the thousands. Their mastery of the veena – a beautiful sounding instrument that is notoriously difficult to play – is mesmerising to watch.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Exploring themes of femininity, fragility, the natural world and white privilege

Nat Bartsch & Inventi Ensemble

Nat Bartsch is the 2021 recipient of Melbourne Recital Centre’s Merlyn Myer Commission. This performance saw the premiere of her suite, The Glasshouse, alongside Inventi Ensemble.

Inspired by the work of Victorian-era portrait photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, The Glasshouse explores themes of femininity, fragility, the natural world and white privilege.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Enjoy the meditative and ancient beauty of Sixteen Alleluias

Nick Tsiavos & Adam Simmons

Nick Tsiavos is a bassist and composer whose work crosses cultural boundaries: from 6th-century chant and contemporary minimalism to experimental improvisation. Joining Nick is multi-instrumentalist Adam Simmons, one of Australia’s most prolific and varied artists, also a gifted improviser and masterful performer.

Alleluia is an ancient word that has come to express more than worship. It encompasses the lightness of joy and elation. It voices our awe when we are otherwise lost for words. And if we fall into some depths, looking for inspiration in the darkness or trying to accept what may come to pass, it brings us hope.

These 16 alleluias are early fragments of texts, of ideas, of memories that have travelled through the millennia – and that have been constantly written and rewritten by the hymnographers of the day. Their solemn beauty traces back to Byzantine hymnography and is equally profound today.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Two of Australia's foremost female jazz musicians play spellbinding original tunes

Femina

Two of Australia’s foremost female jazz musicians, Fem Belling and Mina Yu, have been masterminding more ways to make music together.

Drawing from their native cultures of South Africa and Korea, the duo’s musical storytelling is unique in spirit. Enjoy the joyous company of these two friends as they bring their instinctive flair to original tunes for piano, violin and vocals. The artists’ intimate and charmingly playful style exudes over every song – you won’t want to miss a beat.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Munro explores inspired repertoire from two Romantic masters and a new work of his own

Ian Munro

Ian Munro is one of Australia’s most distinguished artists, in demand as both a performer and composer. His gifted range and sensitivity at the piano makes him a great partner to even the most emotionally complex repertoire.

Felix Mendelssohn’s ‘Songs Without Words’ are short pieces that take us straight to the heart of his lyrical world. Sergei Rachmaninoff likely gleaned a lot from Mendelssohn’s technique, and it shows in Moments musicaux, which shares the nostalgic theme of Mendelssohn’s songs. Moments musicaux is not heard nearly as often as Rachmaninoff’s preludes or Etudes-tableaux but is equally remarkable.

Ian’s Sonata No.2, ‘Moscow 1986’, transports us to the last days of Soviet Moscow, in the historic year of the Chernobyl disaster, after which the world would never be the same. Ian’s intimate knowledge of both his music and instrument will convey the inner depths of this compelling new work with us.

PROGRAM
Felix Mendelssohn
Songs Without Words, Op.19b

Serge Rachmaninoff
Moments musicaux, Op.16

Ian Munro
Sonata No.2, Moscow 1986 – world premiere

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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A mesmerising adventure into live looping, pop, jazz and electronics

XANI

One violinist becomes a full orchestra in a stunning concert featuring live looping and electronic effects.

XANI brings us along for mesmerising adventures into the spaces between pop, jazz and electronics. XANI’s colourful live sets, sometimes completely improvised, are distinguished by daring instrumental parts, pedals and effects that contrast beautifully with the warmth of her pop-styled vocals.

Fusing contemporary techniques with a classical instrument, XANI performs original songs and improvisations influenced by the likes of Björk, Camille, Kraftwerk, Battles and trance music.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Entrancing, cinematic pop songs songs that float over you like a daydream

Nir Tsfaty & Invictus Quartet

Nir Tsfaty is joined by Invictus Quartet for the world premiere of his new collection of poetic, cinematic pop songs.

Influenced by 20th-century classical music and alternative British and French rock/pop, Nir’s works are infused with an atmosphere of mystery and desire. Moving from intimate, chamber moments to symphonic, emotional peaks, his entrancing songs float over you like a daydream.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Timo-Veikko Valve & Aura Go play three of Beethoven's revolutionary cello sonatas

Timo-Veikko Valve & Aura Go

Principal Cello of the Australian Chamber Orchestra Timo-Veikko ‘Tipi’ Valve and pianist Aura Go are two of Australia’s finest artists and collaborators. Their performance offers us an opportunity to enter a special kind of imaginative dialogue with Beethoven, and to inhabit the remarkable worlds of these creations.

PROGRAM

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.2 in G minor Op.5

Anton Webern 00:26:16
Complete Works for Cello and Piano
Cello Sonata
Two Pieces
Drei kleine Stücke Op.11

Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.4 in C Op.102 00:36:35
Sonata No.5 in D Op.102 00:52:13

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.

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Traditional Australian music transformed into dreamy chamber works of rebellious beauty

Bush Gothic & Partridge String Quartet

Bush Gothic and the Partridge String Quartet breathe new life into the Australian songbook.

With her ethereal voice and exquisite violin, Jenny M. Thomas is the enchanting new face of Australian folk music. Leading her band Bush Gothic and guest ensemble the Partridge String Quartet, Jenny dusts off traditional songs about bushrangers, dingoes and shipwrecks, fashioning them into dreamy chamber works of rebellious beauty.

These familiar tunes have surely been sung countless times ‘round campfires and on the goldfields. They are now just as fitting for the concert hall.

This recording is supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation.