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Benaud Trio with Greta Bradman soprano
A gorgeous musical snapshot of what it means to be Australian in the 21st-century.
The Benaud Trio return with The Aussie Album, a beautiful and arresting collection of works that captures modern-day Australia through music.
Using Percy Grainger’s ‘Colonial Song’ as its starting point, The Aussie Album touches on questions about what it means to be here and now: our ‘it’s complicated’ relationship with Europe, finding community in our modern lives, the development of a uniquely Australian artistic sensibility and, of course, cricket.
Featuring works by Percy Grainger, Paul Stanhope, Nicole Murphy, Carl Vine, Iain Grandage and Matthew Hindson – including six world premiere recordings and four works commissioned by the Benaud Trio – The Aussie Album explores the fundamental question: “What does it mean to be Australian?”
They are joined in this stunning recording by star soprano Greta Bradman, whose recent stage performances and recordings have cemented her status as a singer of immense warmth and artistry.
The Benaud Trio is one of Australia’s finest chamber ensembles. Formed in Melbourne in 2005, pianist Amir Farid, violinist Lachlan Bramble, and cellist Ewen Bramble have established themselves as formidable performers of both the standard repertoire and music with a pop/jazz influence, and great champions of works by Australian composers.
Soprano Greta Bradman is one of this country’s most celebrated operatic and concert artists. Her two albums, My Hero and Home have both been tremendous critical and commercial successes, and recent appearances with Opera Australia and Victorian Opera have been widely praised.
PERCY GRAINGER 1882–1961
1 Colonial Song
PAUL STANHOPE born 1969
Three Lorca Songs
2 I. Song for the Moon
3 II. Madrigals
4 III. Song of the Seven Maidens (Theory of the Rainbow)
NICOLE MURPHY born 1983
5 Spinning Top
CARL VINE born 1954
6 Piano Trio ‘The Village’
IAIN GRANDAGE born 1970
7 Richie – In Memoriam
MATTHEW HINDSON born 1968
Greta Bradman soprano -
Greta Bradman appears courtesy of Decca/Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
Amir Farid piano
Lachlan Bramble violin
Ewen Bramble cello