Chamber music, where just a few instruments come together, is the best kept secret of the music world. The listener can delight in hearing with immense clarity all the colours of a rich sonic landscape; add some exotic and obscure instruments and you have a veritable feast of sound. In this final performance for 2004, Halcyon presented a luxurious program of Spanish, American and Australian chamber music, featuring the poetry of Spanish Federico Garcia Lorca, Basque Bernardo Atxaga and the Indian 16th century poetess Mirabai.
1-6.John Harbison Mirabai Songs
7-10.George Crumb Night of the Four Moons
11-15.Rosalind Page Sonetos del amor oscuro (World premiere)
16-19.Gabriel Erkoreka Bizitza (Australian premiere)
Artists: Roland Peelman conductor, Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano Laura Chislett Jones alto flute, piccolo Steve Meyer flute, piccolo Diana Springford clarinets, Matthew Ockenden bassoon, Michael Hooper banjo, Tommie Andersson lutes, baroque guitar, theorbo, Vanessa Souter harp, Daryl Pratt percussion, John Douglas percussion, Sophie Cole violin, Nicole Forsyth viola, Deborah Coogan cello, electric cello, Helen Cosgrove double bass
Recorded live by ABC Classic FM. Producer: Stephen Adams Engineer: Christian Huff-Johnston
Available as CD from Halcyon or cdbaby.com