HD Duo – Australian Thais: New Music for Saxophone & Piano (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/48kHz | Time – 58:42 minutes | 537 MB | Genre: Classical
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The initial impetus of the ‘Australian Thais’ project came from David Howie’s Thai family connections and the shared interest to explore the connections between the music and people of both countries. This led to collaborations with some of Thailand and Australia’s premiere composers to commission, workshop and produce new music for a cross-cultural exchange aimed at enhancing and strengthening links between the two countries, greatly increasing cultural awareness and understanding through music. This project was made possible by a Sydney University, Conservatorium of Music internal research grant.
First performing together in 2008, Michael Duke and David Howie have always put exciting and innovative chamber music at the heart of HD Duo’s repertoire – commissioning, recording and performing new works written by some of Australia’s most prominent and respected composers. These include Anne Boyd, Michael Smetanin, Matthew Hindson. Mark Zadro, Gerard Brophy, Tim Dargaville, Andrew Batterham, Brenton Broadstock, Miriama Young and Paul Sarcich. As well as performing regularly across the major cities of Australia, HD Duo has also appeared in concert throughout the world in countries such as Thailand, USA, Singapore, UK, France, Malta, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Canada, Croatia, Mexico and French Polynesian New Caledonia.
Composer’s Note: “Hurly Burly (for B-flat soprano saxophone and piano) was commissioned in 2015 by Australian saxophonist, Simon Watts. It received its world premiere performance on Thursday 19th November, 2015 performed by Simon Watts (soprano saxophone) and David Howie (piano) at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
The work received its US premiere at the 2016 Hot Air Music Festival, held at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, California, performed by Timothy Roberts (soprano saxophone) and Matthew Orlovich (piano).
The score comprises three movements. The first and third movements are the more illustrative of the work’s title with urgent rhythms and highly chromatic melodic lines creating a highly energised mood.
The middle movement, marked ‘Reverberant’, steals us away to a place of relative tranquility. Here, the saxophone and piano intermingle in an atmosphere of echoes and windchime-like figurations.
I extend thanks to my friend, Simon Watts, for commissioning the work and for giving the world premiere performance.” (Matthew Orlovich, Composer)
1. Hurly Burly: I. Snappy (02:11)
2. Hurly Burly: II. Reverberant (06:39)
3. Hurly Burly: III. Snappier (01:27)
4. Dervish (07:05)
5. Water Has No Equal (10:36)
6. Three Spirits of ASEAN: I. The Chant of Rattanatri (03:12)
7. Three Spirits of ASEAN: II. Gala (03:48)
8. Three Spirits of ASEAN: III. Kakula (02:47)
9. Serenity Flux (11:21)
10. Isaan (09:31)