Dulcie Holland, Robert Allworth, Derek Strahan, Eric Gross | Dulcie Holland & Friends

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Dulcie Holland & Friends

by Dulcie Holland, Robert Allworth, Derek Strahan, Eric Gross

Varied music style in a selection of works by Australian composers. Elegaic piano solos. Lively works for mandolin ensemble. A fanfare, a serenade and film music for jazz combo.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Farewell My Friend
3:42 album only
2. Autumn Pastorale
5:19 album only
3. Nocturne
4:27 album only
4. Reverie 2000
5:07 album only
5. Sombrero Nebula
1:46 album only
6. Spiral Galaxy
1:24 album only
7. Pluto
1:08 album only
8. Millenium Rag
3:21 album only
9. Tanghetto
2:58 album only
10. Polka
2:17 album only
11. Klavierstuck
4:57 album only
12. Dysfunctional Habanera
0:41 album only
13. Serenade For Tomorrow
2:36 album only
14. ANZAAS Fanfare
1:29 album only
15. The Australian Ark, Suite No. 5
10:11 album only


Album Notes
Jade CDs are widely heard on national and fine music stations throughout Australia, and are recognised as a valuable resource by educational authorities as being uniquely representative of the work of Australian composers. They are manufactured in limited runs of 500 and, as stocks are therefore limited, may be regarded as collectors' items! All Jade CD covers are distinctive. Most Jade CDs have an anthology format and include works by several composers. It's great to have these CDs on offer for a wider audience at CD Baby!


Works by: Dulcie Holland, Robert Allworth, Ann Carr-Boyd, Eric Gross, Ian Shanahan, Lawrence Bartlett, Colin Brumby, Derek Strahan. Duration: 51'31"

Dulcie Holland (1913-2000) died on May 21 2000. She was 87. This CD is devised and compiled by Jade producer Robert Allworth as a tribute to this distinguished and much loved composer who once described herself as "a musical missionary". Four of her short, evocative piano works are heard in this compilation, two performed by her, and two by pianist Sally Mays, who is also heard in works by Carr-Boyd and Gross. Also by Gross are two genial works written for the Sydney Mandolins. Shanahan performs his own micro piece for Alto Recorder, contrasting with Bartlett's "Serenade for Tomorrow" for trumpet & piano, and Brumby's energising "ANZAAS Fanfare". A small jazz combo then plays film music in Strahan's "The Australian Ark" Suite No. 5. (For Suites 1 & 2 see "Afternoon Light" JADCD 1076 and for Suites 3 & 4 see "Fandango", JADCD 1078.)



Reproduced with permission from The Studio, Vol. 7, No. 1, February, 2001, the magazine of the Music Teachers' Association of NSW.

In this release, as a tribute to the late Dulcie Holland, a number of the composer's friends have been brought together: Ann Carr-Boyd, Eric Gross, lan Shanahan, Lawrence Bartlett, Colin Brumby, Derek Strahan as well as the disc's producer, Robert Allworth, in a collection of Australian music that would find a home anywhere in the world.

The haunting beauty of the elegiac Farewell my Friend, played by Sally Mays, is an apt commencement to the disc which principally focuses on piano works. This first-named work by Dulcie Holland Is followed by her lilting 1995 Autumn Pastorale and the dignified 1947 work, Nocturne both performed by the composer and demonstrating her intimate knowledge of piano timbre and range.

Dedicated to Dulcie Holland, Sally Mays performs Allworth's Reverie 2000, a tone poem depicting the beauty of Sydney Harbour and written especially for the performer. A visual image of rippling water and starlight permeates the music within Allworth's gentle compositional style.

Three of Ann Carr-Boyd's works from her 'Look at the Stars Suite' - Sombrero Nebula, Spiral Galaxy and Pluto - are performed by the composer, whilst Sally Mays performs the piano version of Carr-Boyd's Millennium Rag written in 2000 as a commission for Cranbrook School Guitar Orchestra. The lilting rhythms of the first three works contrast with the Joplin-like jazz feel of the Rag, itself internally contrasted in style.

One of Australia's most "adaptable" composers, Eric Gross, is represented on this disc by the Sydney Mandolins performing Tanghetto and Polka, the last two movements of his Suite No. 2 for Plectrum Orchestra. Contrasted in style, these two dances come alive in rollicking performance by the Mandolins. Gross's Klavierstuck V, dedicated to Dulcie Holland and played by Sally Mays, is an apt example of the independent compositional style of this prolific composer. Ian Shanahan, that master of the recorder, is represented by the short alto-recorder work, Dysfunctional Habanera written in 1990, here re-released and dedicated to Holland .

Written especially for a wedding, Leanne Sullivan, accompanied by the composer on piano, performs Lawrence Bartlett's hauntingly beautiful trumpet work, Serenade for Tomorrow.

Anzaas - Fanfare written by Colin Brumby for the Anzaas Conference held in Brisbane in 1980, is here performed by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. Evoking a "call to arms" the work is written in a full-bodied stirring fanfare style.

The disc concludes with Derek Strahan's Suite No. 5, entitled The Australian Ark, the background music to the 1970s television documentary series 'Shell's Australia'. Blues, jazz and classical styles sit needy next to each other through the seven sections of the work whilst various instrumental combinations superbly depict the scenes of rainforest, desert and country depicted in the music. As we have come to expect with Jade CDs, the sound is of high quality and the liner notes adequate. This superb disc ... will stand as a lasting tribute to a great Australian composer.



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