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Adam Brand

Adam Brand is one of Australia’s most popular and successful recording artists. In a career spanning twenty years he has sold more than 600,000 albums, won innumerable awards and built a large and loyal following that any recording artist would envy.
Twenty years is a long time to sustain a successful recording career. It should be respected and celebrated. So on July 13, 2018, exactly twenty years to the day since the release of Brand’s self-titled debut, ABC Music released Milestones…20 Years, a carefully curated collection of Brand’s greatest hits plus two new songs recorded exclusively for the project.
It’s 1997 and Adam Brand is living in the suburbs of Perth running a small business by day and singing in a country covers band a few nights a week. He had been turned on to country music when he stumbled across Boy Howdy, an American country band featuring Jeffrey Steele.
He records a demo with Martin Jenner, the brilliant but underrated guitar player (Everly Brothers, Ralph McTell, Cliff Richard) and drives solo across the Nullarbor in his XF Falcon ute to the Tamworth Country Music Festival where he busks on Peel Street, sneaks into a Troy Cassar Daley concert and hands out his demo to unsuspecting passers by.
From Tamworth he heads to Sydney to track down Melinda Schneider, a childhood friend who introduces him to Graham Thompson, then Creative Manager at Rondor Music, the publishing arm of A&M Records.
“That was a significant fork in the road,” reflects Adam. “Who knows what would have happened if I’d gone straight home to Perth. Graham listened to my demo’s, told me I could be the next James Blundell and offered me a publishing deal with Rondor.”
Adam signed to Rondor and soon settled in Sydney. Songs were written, demo’s recorded and an offer of a recording contract eventuated from Warren Fahey at Festival Records.
“I’m convinced that Warren signed Adam to Festival because of FMO – fear of missing out,” remembers Graham. “ABC Music were the dominant country label and Warren wanted to get in on it. I happened to sit next to him at a CMAA event in Sydney in 1997. People were saying nice things about Adam at the time but no one was jumping to sign him. I bent the truth a little about interest from other labels and he became very excited. The following Monday he sent us an agreement.”
Adam Brand’s self-titled debut album was released by Festival Records on July 13, 1998. The first single from the album ‘Last Man Standing’ became an instant radio hit and CMT (Country Music Television), who were serendipitously launching in Australia around the same time, saw the newcomer as a perfect fit for their target demographic.
Dirt Track Cowboys followed. It sounded fresh on the radio… riff driven country rock that featured a race call by Wade Aunger from Parramatta Speedway in place of a guitar solo. And it opened the door to a whole new audience: Revheads.
Brand developed a reputation as the hardest working artist in country music. Not content to sit around waiting for the world to make him famous, he and Thompson, who had by this time become his manager, drove from Far North Queensland to Western Victoria playing at schools and record stores. They visited every radio station, country music club and event promoter along the way. Album sales built steadily and the hard work didn’t go unnoticed.
Adam’s big break came at the 1999 CMAA Country Music Awards when he won three Golden Guitars: New Talent of the Year, APRA Song of the Year (Last Man Standing) and Video of the Year. It was unprecedented for the winner of New Talent of the Year to win any other award in the same year, let alone the prestigious APRA Song of the Year.
The big ball was rolling. Appearances followed on Hey Hey it’s Saturday, Good Morning Australia and others. Tours sold out quickly. Major festivals offered prime time spots and decent money. The record company and booking agency had a bona fide star who was willing to work hard. By September 1999 the debut album was certified gold and Adam had become one of Festival Records’ highest selling artists.
So what was it about this debutant from the suburbs of Perth who created such a stir in an industry in need of a shot in the arm?
Adam Brand’s songs resonated as much with people from the suburbs as they did with those from regional and rural Australia. He was a supreme live entertainer. But the real key to Adam’s popularity was that he conjured up different feelings in different people that were not mutually exclusive and worked to his advantage.
Young men related to him because he was a knockabout kind of bloke - down to earth, good natured and sang about cars and partying. Families liked him because he was down to earth, good natured and sang about family and friends. And to young women he exuded a sexual energy that they were attracted to but it was not so blatant that their boyfriends hated him. In fact their boyfriends liked him too for all the other reasons.
The debut album was followed in February 2000 with Good Friends. It built on the themes of the debut album and spawned numerous career songs: Good Friends, The Good Things In Life, I Did What?, Beating Around The Bush and You’re A Revhead. The singles were hits and the album won three more Golden Guitars - this time the three most prestigious: Album of the Year, APRA Song of the Year (Good Things In Life) and Male Artist of the Year.
And the big ball kept on rolling.
These remarkable early achievements set the pattern for a career that hasn’t waned in twenty years. They are the first chapters in the story of a gifted and much loved artist and his twelve studio albums, five gold albums, three platinum albums, four ARIA nominations, seven CMC OZ Artist of the Year awards and twelve Golden Guitars to date.
Subsequent chapters include an American record deal, touring with Taylor Swift, winning Dancing with the Stars and more. And it’s still being written, and it’s still going strong.
Milestones…20 Years marks the celebration of an outstanding career. It’s a collection of Adam’s greatest work to date plus two new songs: the reflective title track ‘Milestones’ and a foot stomping party anthem ‘Party Down Under’. Both were written with his “Outlaw” buddies Drew McAlister and Mike Carr and produced by Graham Thompson. It also includes an out take from the ‘Built For Speed’ album – a previously unreleased version of the Randy Travis classic ‘Forever and Ever Amen’ as well as ‘Hold My Hand’ and ‘Hard Times’ from Adam’s first demo session with Martin Jenner. And Sherriff Bullfrog – a song that Adam has long considered a lost classic held under wraps for twenty years by doubters and naysayers - finally gets it’s day in the sun.
Adam Brand (1998)
Good Friends (2000)
Built For Speed (2002)
Get Loud (2004)
What a Life (2006)
Blame It On Eve (2008)
Hell Of A Ride(2009)
It's Gonna Be Ok (2010)
There Will Be Love (2012)
My Acoustic Diary (2013)
My Side of the Street (2014)
Get On Your Feet (2017)
Milestones...20 Years (2018)

Emma Jayakumar’s Bell Birds suite is an expression of profound love for the Australian bush and its unique, audacious animals. Inspired by Henry Kendall’s famous and beloved poem ‘Bell Birds’, it’s a delightful soundscape evoking the sounds of the birds, the gumtrees, the flowers and the rich smells of the forest earth.‘I grew up in the Hills in Perth, and have just recently bought a house back up in Gooseberry Hill after living in the city, and in Sydney and London for spells of time. I’ve always been struck by how profoundly homesick I became for the sights and sounds of the Australian bush whenever I lived away.’ The Bell Birds suite draws on childhood memories of trips to the Blue Mountains on the continent’s eastern coast, getting out of the car to listen to the unique beauty of the bell birds calling.Also reflected in the music are the songs of golden whip birds, djidi djidi (willy wagtails), currawongs and bar-shouldered doves. Each movement is inspired by a line from Kendall’s poem, and the rich melodies underlying the whole suite speak movingly of the poet’s love for the land and its creatures.Bell Birdswas commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.TRACKLISTINGEMMA JAYAKUMAR Bell BirdsI. Largo tranquillo — By channels of coolness the echoes are callingII. Allegro luminoso — They start up like fairies that follow fair weatherIII. Lento sognando — Loiters knee deep in the grasses to listenIV. Allegro furioso — When fiery December sets foot in the forestV.  Largo con dolore — Charming to slumber the pain of my losses
David Elton trumpetSydney String Virtuosi • Umberto Clerici conductorBold, bright and beautiful: a wild dance for trumpetAndrew Batterham’s Trumpet Concerto showcases the incredible spectrum of emotions the trumpet can convey in the hands of a dedicated performer. From classical to minimalism, from ballads to fanfares, the concerto culminates in a wild dance to thrill performers and listeners alike.The Trumpet Concerto was written for Australian trumpeter David Elton, currently Principal Trumpet with the London Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.Batterham’s music cuts across musical borders and boundaries: he has written for film, TV, radio, community groups, Latin and big bands as well as the concert hall, and his music has been performed by leading artists from Jazz legend James Morrison to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.Andrew Batterham’s Trumpet Concerto was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.TRACKLISTINGANDREW BATTERHAMConcerto for Trumpet and StringsI. EnergeticII. BallladIII. Fast
The Shift is a new work for solo guitar tracing a journey out of troubled times towards a hopeful future. Drawing on her own personal experience of watching a loved one struggle with mental health issues, composer Natalie Nicolas reaches out to us all with music that offers paths through the difficult times and looks forward to better times.‘2020 was one of the hardest years our earth has seen to date, and it never really hits home how profoundly it can take toll on someone’s mental health, until we see it in ourselves or someone we love,’ says Nicolas. ‘Music has the incredible power to make people feel, and my ultimate goal as a composer will always be to create honest, emotionally evocative music to help people to feel in, a world full of pragmatism.’ In The Shift, Nicolas guides us through the shifting sands of hope and despair, darkness and light, and grasps hold of the rays of sunshine amidst the gathering clouds.The music is performed by internationally acclaimed guitarist Matt Withers, well known to Australian audiences through recitals as well as collaborations with William Barton, Sally Whitwell, the Acacia Quartet and major orchestras around the country, and as a member of the ensemble Guitar Trek.The Shift was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.TRACKLISTING1 The Rain Will Go Away2 Sunbeam3 Beyond the Mist
Escape from the fuss and busyness of city living and enter a world of beauty and pure calm.From soothing rain to rippling streams, from birdsong and rustling forest leaves to the wide ocean’s waves washing endlessly onto the patient sand, nature’s symphony sings to us of new life and new hope. Like a mantra, the sounds of the natural world blend with gentle, dream-like music to create a place of healing and renewal.Two hours of tranquillity to de-stress and re-centre. TRACKLISTING  Disc 1 Water 1.     Endless Sea2.     Lavender Stream3.     Gentle Rain4.     By the Lake5.     The Shore6.     Night Rain Disc 2 Forest 1.     Blue Gum Morning2.     High Forest3.     Green under Sun4.     Casuarinas5.     Meadow Song6.     Ghost Gums  
Kalkaniis a musical collaboration between didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton and violin powerhouse Véronique Serret. Their unique sound draws upon the expansive sounds of our native Australian landscape, incorporating the rhythmic pulses and drones of the didgeridoo melded with contemporary violin techniques and melody.Kalkanimeans ‘eagle’ in Barton’s Kalkadunga language – a fitting title for this soaring music, created as a tribute and sign of respect to generations past, present and future. “It’s the stillness of the land and the first dawning of that breeze and the calmness that comes with the energy of the air in the morning – it’s the symphony of the earth,” says Barton.William Barton is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s leading didgeridoo players and composers, performing with top-level orchestras around the world. His album Birdsong at Dusk won the 2012 ARIA Award for Best Classical Album. Véronique Serret’s bold, fearless genius embraces music of any and every kind, from baroque to contemporary classical, folk and rock, taking her around Australia and around the world.Kalkani was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.
Composer Nardi Simpson, a Yuwaalaraay woman from northern NSW, is a storyteller and performer with a deep commitment to the making and sharing of culture. Her new piece, Of Stars and Birds, celebrates the connection of birds and their song to the land, by drawing on the Yuwaalaraay southern cross story, which sees this iconic Australian constellation as a tree with two cockatoos roosting in its branches.By contrasting percussion and woodwind timbres, Simpson creates a subtle sonic landscape that explores the relationship between bird and tree, night and day, sound and silence, earth and sky: the cockatoo, she explains, is white during the day, boisterous and numerous, but at night, a singular, black presence sitting silently above the earth.In this world premiere recording, Simpson’s music is performed by acclaimed Ensemble Offspring: Sydney’s ‘musical mavericks’, featuring the most innovative instrumentalists in Australia. Under the artistic direction of award-winning percussionist Claire Edwardes, Ensemble Offspring explores new ideas through living music that leaps across art forms. presenting intricately crafted experiential performances that transcend genre and place.Of Stars and Birds was commissioned by ABC Classic in 2020 as part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program.Lamorna NightingalefluteJason Noble clarinetClaire Edwardespercussion
As part of the ABC’s Fresh Start program, ABC Classic and ABC Jazz in 2020 commissioned 25 new works from Australian musicians and composers, to be debuted on air in 2021, as well as being released commercially on digital platforms.Launching this exciting new series of digital releases is a project in which four First Nations composers bring their perspectives to 250 years of shared Indigenous and European history through music for a 250-year-old square piano. This historic instrument – akin to the first piano to arrive in Australia in 1788 – is housed in the Canberra School of Music's Historic Keyboard Collection. Through these four works it is brought to new life, singing tunes, telling stories, sounding challenges, and accumulating into a sonic landscape of memory.Rhyan Clapham’s work 1770 is ‘a documentation of our history from the time Henri Henrion made this square piano (circa 1770) to the moment I play it. Although I managed to somehow talk to 250 years of history in five and a half minutes, please consider it as a glimpse.’Elizabeth Sheppardhas based her piece Kalgoorli Silky Pear on her grandparents' experience of life in Kalgoorlie in the early 1900s, where they built a cottage and were very active in the community life of the time. ‘My grandfather Gus worked as the Head Gardener of the Boulder-Kalgoorlie Council, and he designed and maintained the public gardens of Kalgoorlie at a time when water was veryscarce. The Silky Pear grows in the Kalgoorli area. It has woody fruits with hard cases, that are designed to survive fire. Gus and his wife Emma bravely and cheerfully endured hard times in Kalgoorli, and like the strong Silky Pear, they passed on a beautiful legacy to their children and grandchildren.’Tim Graydescribes his work Lupe's Waltz as ‘music for a ballroom scene in a film I'm writing about an alcoholic werewolf called Lupe. People are dancing in this big hall a couple of hundred years ago. It starts off with them just meeting each other on the dancefloor, and they’re about to go into a waltz. I added a soprano voice and gave her a couple of words to sing. I imagine the singer as a witch, and the piano player as a vampire. The witch is singing to Lupe, telling her what she needs to do. She needs to look at herself, look within, and forgive herself, and others.’The digital EP finishes with Nardi Simpson’s piece The Binary, which emerged from reflections on the Black Lives Matter protests and the situation of being a First Nations woman in Australia in the 2020s. ‘In conversations around colonisation, reconciliation, deaths in custody, treaty, the Statement from the Heart, and other initiatives and campaigns, the black voice is oftentimes reduced to statistics, the health and wellbeing of our communities converted to data. For The Binary, I translated eight sayings chanted by Aboriginal people in protest marches into binary code: Always Was Always Will Be; Sovereignty Never Ceded; Treaty Now; Pay the Rent; No Justice No Peace; They Say Justice We Say Murder; Too Many Coppers, Not Enough Justice; Black Lives Matter. These sentences reflect the realities of First Nations people in Australia, they are our cross-cultural truths, raised and rallied against the systems of power and control. I used the code from these sayings to create eight musical layers. My hope for the piece was to create an Indigenised sonic environment, composing a relational landscape for the listener in which the aspirations and frustrations of First Nations protest overflow.’The project was coordinated by pianist Scott Davie, who plays on three of the tracks, and mentored by Christopher Sainsbury, founder and director of the Ngarra-Burria First Peoples Composers program. ‘Ngarra-Burria’ means ‘To listen – to sing’ in the Sydney language (Dharug / Eora).TRACKLISTING1   RHYAN CLAPHAM 1770     Rhyan Clapham piano and vocals 2   ELIZABETH SHEPPARD Kalgoorli Silky Pear     Scott Davie piano 3   TIM GRAY Lupe’s Waltz     Taryn Fiebig soprano     Scott Davie piano 4   NARDI SIMPSON The Binary     Scott Davie piano
Re-live two magical evenings when Joan Sutherland sang first with Luciano Pavarotti, then with Marilyn Horne under the sails of the Sydney Opera House. Recorded in 1983 and 1985, these gala concerts are conducted by Richard Bonynge, and feature three of the greatest voices of all time singing arias and duets from their signature opera roles.Joan Sutherland, ‘La Stupenda’, is sublime in some of her best-loved arias – ‘Les oiseaux dans la charmille’ from The Tales of Hoffmann, Verdi’s ‘Addio del passato’, Cilea’s ‘Io son l’umile ancella’ and Handel’s ‘Tornami a vagheggiar’ – including many of the jewels of the bel canto repertoire that was her speciality. Luciano Pavarotti performs some of the great tenor arias, including ‘Vesti la giubba’ from Pagliacci, ‘Una furtiva lagrima’ from Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore, and ‘Recondita armonia’ from Tosca. Marilyn Horne shines in spectacular, passionate arias by Handel, Rossini and Meyerbeer, as well as the lush beauty of ‘Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix’ from Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila.And Sutherland comes together with Pavarotti and Horne for duet performances shaped and perfected by their many years appearing alongside each other on stage and recordings: ‘Brindisi’ and ‘Parigi, o cara’ from La Traviata, ‘Prendi: l’anel ti dono’ from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, ‘Sulla tomba che rinserra’ from Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the Flower Duet (‘Sous le dôme épais’) from Lakmé and the Barcarolle (‘Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour’) from The Tales of Hoffmann.This double DVD and double CD restores to the catalogue two landmark events, and performances never to be forgotten.TRACKLISTING DISC 1: Joan Sutherland & Luciano Pavarotti1.       BELLINI Sinfoniafrom I Capuleti e i Montecchi *2.       VERDI Brindisi from La traviata (Duet)3.       PUCCINI Recondita armonia from Tosca (Pavarotti)4.       VERDI Addio, del passatofrom La traviata (Sutherland)5.       VERDI La mia letiziainfonderefrom I Lombardi alla prima crociata (Pavarotti)6.       BELLINI Qui la voce sua soavefrom I Puritani (Sutherland)7.       BELLINI Prendi: l’anel ti donofrom La sonnambula (Duet)8.       CILEA Io son l’umile ancellafrom Adriana Lecouvreur (Sutherland)9.       MASSENET Pourquoi me réveillerfrom Werther (Pavarotti)10.    MASSENET Méditation from Thaïs(Ladislav Jásek violin)*11.    THOMAS A vos jeux, mes amis...Pâleet blonde from Hamlet (Sutherland)12.    LEONCAVALLO Vesti la giubbafrom Pagliacci (Pavarotti)13.    DONIZETTI Sulla tomba che rinserrafrom Lucia di Lammermoor (Duet)14.    DONIZETTI Una furtiva lagrimafrom L’elisir d’amore (Pavarotti)15.    RICCI Io non sono più l’Annettafrom Crispino e la comare (Sutherland)16.    VERDI Parigi, o cara from La traviata (Duet)DISC 2: Joan Sutherland & Marilyn Horne1.       HANDEL Overture from Radamisto *2.       HANDEL Iris, hence away from Semele (Horne)3.       HANDEL Tornami a vagheggiarfrom Alcina (Sutherland)4.       ROSSINI Mura felici ove il mio ben s’aggira from La donna del lago (Horne)5.       ROSSINI Vorrei spiegarvifrom La cambiale di matrimonio (Sutherland)6.       ROSSINI Serbami ognor si fidofrom Semiramide (Duet)7.       DELIBES Sous le dôme épais from Lakmé (Duet)8.       HÉROLD Overture from Zampa *9.       OFFENBACH Les oiseaux dans la charmillefrom The Tales of Hoffmann (Sutherland)10.    SAINT-SAËNS Mon coeur s’ouvre à ta voix from Samson et Dalila(Horne)11.    AUBER Non temete, milordfrom Fra Diavolo (Sutherland)12.    MEYERBEER Non, non, non, vous n’avez jamais, je gage from Les Huguenots(Horne)13.    DONIZETTI Overture from Don Pasquale *14.    BELLINI Mira, o Norma from Norma (Duet)15.    BENEDICTThe Gypsy and the Bird (Sutherland) *16.    FOSTERBeautiful Dreamer (Horne) *17.    OFFENBACH Belle nuit, ô nuit d’amour (Barcarolle) from The Tales of Hoffmann (Duet)  Elizabethan Sydney OrchestraRichard Bonynge conductor* DVD only
This year, The Wiggles are celebrating 30 years entertaining and enriching the lives of children and families around the world.In 2021, paying homage to this original tune and the legacy of the OGs, The Wiggles have recorded a new track, 'We’re All Fruit Salad'. This song sensitively captures key global concerns of today, musically delivering a message of unity, respect, appreciation and acceptance. It's also a shoutout to classic Wiggly songs such as 'Fruit Salad Yummy Yummy' which is now an iconic tune, globally-recognised, and firmly segmented in Australian popular culture.The inspiration to write this song came to Anthony Field from his good friend, and renowned psychic medium John Edward. Overwhelmed by the riots and injustice in the world, John contacted Anthony and suggested that he write a song that featured a rainbow. He believed that this song would help heal and bring people together.We’re All Fruit Salad has been co-written and composed by Anthony Field (Blue Wiggle, original founding member) and James Harkness ('Paul Williams’, Broadway performer, ’Ain’t Too Product – The Life and Times of The Temptations’).Not only does the song feature our favourite fab four – Anthony Field, Emma Watkins. Lachy Gillespie and Simon Pryce – it also features many special guest artists and performers, including:- Richie Allan plays the didgeridoo, is a Ngunnawal artist and is the cultural director of TOACK (Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation Kinnections). Richie is a former professional rugby league player who played for Sydney City Roosters and Gold Coast Chargers.- Lou Diamond Phillips is a Filipino-American actor and film director. He starred as Ritchie Valens in the biographical drama film La Bamba. Phillips made his Broadway debut with the 1996 revival of The King and I, earning a Tony Award nomination for his portrayal of King Mongkut of Siam. - Evie Ferris is a corps-de-ballet dancer with The Australian Ballet and is of Aboriginal descent.- Jawan M. Jackson is an actor, singer, radio personality and voiceover artist. Jawan has appeared on Broadway in Motown The Musical and currently stars in Ain’t Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations as bass/baritone Melvin Franklin.- Taylor Symone Jackson is a professional singer, dancer, actor and is currently starring on Broadway in Ain’t Too Proud-The Life and Times of The Temptations as Johnnie Mae/Mary Wilson.- choreographer Paul Knobloch, noted by critics for having a unique movement vocabulary based on the highly developed fusion of classical and contemporary dance, forged from his eight years with The Australian Ballet.- Robert Rakete is from New Zealand, of Maori decent and radio host of the 'Breeze'. He guest stars in Wiggle House, Rock & Roll Preschool and the second series of Ready, Steady, Wiggle! Robert sings in Maori on We’re All Fruit Salad!- Victor Valdes, a Virtuoso harpist who has redefined the harp as a solo and lead instrument in a multitude of musical contexts, has performed in 225 countries worldwide. For 10 years, he was a member of Tlen Huicani, the best known and multi-award-winning Mexican folk group which toured the world, including playing 20 performances at Sydney Opera House and blues festival stages Australia-wide. Victor lends his vocals in We’re All Fruit Salad!, singing a few lines in his native language, Spanish. 'We're All Fruit Salad!' is just the beginning of what will be a very exciting year for The Wiggles and fans worldwide.Watch the music video for 'We're All Fruit Salad' below.
After a year of challenge and change, when our loved ones have never felt so far away, Christmas is taking on new significance for us all. ABC Classic has brought Australia together through song with this recording of a brand new Christmas carol, Christmas With You, commissioned from leading composer and Yorta Yorta woman Deborah Cheetham.Thousands of Australians from every corner of the continent, and beyond, joined in the inaugural ABC Classic Choir, participating in online rehearsals and coaching sessions; 1500 people went on from that to film themselves as they recorded this heartwarming carol. And all of those individual videos feature in the ABC Classic video release of Christmas With You.From choir members who’ve been cut off from their own choirs for most of the year, to first time singers who have always wanted to be part of a choir but never felt brave enough – the ABC Classic Choir has given everyone the chance to come together to make music.Christmas With You gives voice to what Christmas means in 2020, lifting our spirits as we approach the end of the year. It captures the festive mood of comfort and joy as well as paying tribute to our shared experiences and affirming the importance of our connections with loved ones near and far.The Christmas With You video is now available to stream on the ABC Classic website and Facebook account, and for download via iTunes. There’s also an audio version which is available as a digital single on all the major streaming and download services.About the composerDeborah Cheetham, Yorta Yorta woman, soprano, composer and educator, has been a familiar voice in the Australian arts landscape for more than 25 years. In 2014 she was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), for distinguished service to the performing arts as an opera singer, composer and artistic director, to the development of Indigenous artists, and to innovation in performance.Short Black Opera Café, Death Scenes and Drama Queens and ‘Til The Black Lady Sings were early successes for Deborah, combining her talents as a writer, performer and entrepreneur. ‘Til the Black Lady Sings has touched audiences in London, New York, Eastern Europe and around Australia for almost a decade.Commissioned to write and perform a one-woman play for the Olympic Arts Festival Wimmin’s Business series, Deborah gave the premiere performance of her first major work at the Sydney Opera House in 1997. White Baptist Abba Fan was to dominate Deborah’s career the next five years and became the vehicle for her international debut.In 2009, Deborah established Short Black Opera as a national not-for-profit opera company devoted to the development of Indigenous opera singers. The following year she produced the premier of her first opera Pecan Summer. This landmark work is Australia’s first Indigenous opera and has been a vehicle for the development of a new generation of Indigenous opera singers. In 2019, Deborah wrote Australia's first requiem based on the frontier wars between first nations people in South Western Victoria and settlers: Eumeralla, a war requiem for peace, is sung entirely in the Gunditjmara language and was premiered by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the MSO Chorus and the Dhungala Children's Choir.In March 2015 Deborah was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women.About the artworkThe cover art for these digital releases comes from a new artwork called Nyirram turt-barram, commissioned by ABC Classic from Wadawurrung artist Deanne Gilson. It depicts the hope that the Nyirram turt-barram (Morning Star) brings us, and the story of Bundjil, the creator and his wife Koonawarra (the Black Swan) who gave birth to the morning star child. Today, the star child represents all our children, and through them our future hopes and dreams. TRACK DETAILSChristmas With YouWords and music by Deborah CheethamPerformed by the ABC Classic Choir, directed by Benjamin Northeyand the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Nathan Aspinall
Tinalley String Quartet continues their exploration of Mendelssohn’s extraordinary legacy of string quartets.Internationally acclaimed for their ‘addictive sound’ and ‘intuitive’ music making, Australia’s Tinalley String Quartet has established itself as one of Australia’s finest string quartets and most awarded classical exports. In this recording they present a cross-section of works from Mendelssohn’s career that explores his life-long preoccupation with the rich world of chamber music. An active and respected performer of chamber music himself, Mendelssohn infused his compositions with eloquent melodies, dramatic harmonic utterance and imaginative interplay of instrumental textures.The album opens with his serene quartet in D major, Op. 44 No. 1, wrtten soon after his marriage to Cécile Jeanrenaud and representing a return to the intimate world of chamber music after years of personal and professional upheaval. It’s followed by the more agitated, restless writing of his F minor quartet, Op. 80: often regarded as Mendelssohn’s response to the sudden death of his beloved sister Fanny, Mendelssohn himself was struggling with ill health and died before being able to get the completed work to the publisher. The album concludes with Mendelssohn’s ‘Op. 81’: four movements for string quartet that span the composer’s career and were brought together into a single work after his death.The Tinalley String Quartet has performed throughout Australia, Europe, Canada and the United States appearing in such prestigious venues as the Wiener Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Bremen Die Glocke, Frankfurt AlteOper and the Sydney Opera House.International highlights have included performances in New York, Paris, London, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco and San Diego. In Australia, the Quartet has an active recital schedule and regularly appears at the nation’s premier festivals including the Adelaide Music Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, Tasmanian Chamber Music Festival, Huntington Festival, Melbourne International Arts Festival and the Australian Festival of Chamber Music. Formed in 2003, the Tinalley String Quartet was awarded First Prize at the 9th Banff International String Quartet Competition and in 2005 took out the Grand Prize at the Australian Chamber Music Competition.The Quartet is Quartet-in-Residence at The University of Queensland and is named after the laneway that runs through The University of Melbourne Parkville Campus where the Quartet formed. TRACKLISTINGFELIX MENDELSSOHN 1809–1947String Quartet No. 3 in D major, Op. 44 No. 11     I. Molto allegro vivace2     II. Menuetto (Un poco allegretto)3     III. Andante espressivo con moto4     IV. Presto con brio String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 805     I. Allegro vivace assai6     II. Allegro assai7     III. Adagio8     IV. Finale (Allegro molto) Four Pieces for String Quartet, Op. 819     I. Tema con variazioni in E major10   II. Scherzo in A minor11   III. Capriccio in E minor12   IV. Fuga in E-flat major Tinalley String QuartetAdam Chalabi violin ILerida Delbridge violin IIJustin Williams violaPatrick Murphy cello
The latest in the West Australian Symphony Orchestra’s WASO Live series: the world premiere recording of Andrew Schultz’s concerto Maali.Commissioned for the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Maali is named for Perth’s iconic black swans: maali in the Noongar language. The work’s three movements capture different aspects of these magnificent birds: at play, in the shifting moods of the first movement; dreamlike and floating in the second: and buoyantly joyful in the third.Maalialso pays tribute to the tradition of the sinfonia concertante, in which a small group of featured soloists interacts with the full orchestra. Here, the soloists are a quartet of woodwind virtuosi: Peter Facer on oboe, Allan Meyer on clarinet, Adam Mikulicz on bassoon and David Evans on horn. Captured live in concert in the Perth Concert Hall, under the baton of internationally acclaimed conductor Simone Young, this is a landmark recording of an exciting new addition to Australia’s musical landscape.Composer Andrew Schultz was born in Australia and lives in Sydney. He studied at the Universities of Queensland, Pennsylvania and King’s College London and has received awards, prizes and fellowships. His music covers a broad range of chamber, orchestral and vocal works and has been performed and broadcast widely by leading musicians internationally.He has held many commissions including from all the major Australian orchestras. Andrew has written a number of large-scale works including three operas (Black River, Going Into Shadows and The Children’s Bach) which have been presented live and on film around the world. Other major works include three symphonies, Journey to Horseshoe Bend, Endling and Song of Songs. Andrew has held residencies and academic posts in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and USA. He is currently Professor of Music at UNSW Sydney and the 2021-22 Professor of Australian Studies at Harvard University.Australian-born Simone Young is internationally recognised as one of the leading conductors of her generation. From 2005–2015 she was General Manager and Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Music Director of the Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, where she conducted repertoire ranging from Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner and Strauss, to Hindemith, Britten and Henze. She is an acknowledged interpreter of the operas of Wagner and Strauss, having conducted several complete cycles of Der Ring des Nibelungen. Her 2012 tour to Brisbane with the Hamburg Opera and Ballet (Das Rheingold in concert, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2‘Resurrection’)won her the 2013 Helpmann Award for the Best Individual Classical Music Performance.In 2019 Simone Young was awarded the European Cultural Prize in Vienna. The 2019–2020 season saw her return to the Vienna State Opera to conduct A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Britten) and Das verratene Meer (Henze); to the Berlin State Opera for Der Rosenkavalier, Fidelio and Chowantschina (Mussorgsky); to Teatro Real, Madrid for Lear (Reimann); to the Bavarian State Opera, Munich for Tannhäuser, and to Zürich Opera for Elektra and Lohengrin. She also led the New York, BBC, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestras; San Francisco, Cincinnati and Minnesota Symphony Orchestras; the Orchestra Nacionale de Espana, Madrid; the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo; the Polish National Radio Symphony; the NDR Hannover and MDR Orchestras; the Orchestre de Paris and the NHK Symphony, Tokyo; and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.Simone Young was Music Director of Opera Australia from 2001–2003, Chief Conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from 1999–2002 and from 2005–2012 was Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon. In 2020 she takes up her appointments as Chief Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.The West Australian Symphony Orchestra is WA’s largest and busiest performing arts organisation. From the centre of Perth to the furthest corners of our state, every year since 1928, we set hearts racing with extraordinary music and exhilarating performances for all West Australians to share.We are both fierce advocates for our great classical musical heritage and passionate leaders in the commissioning and performance of new music by leading Australian and international composers. Every year we mobilise and nurture a new generation of young and emerging artists to help secure a bright future for music in Australia.Our resident company of full-time professional musicians are the beating heart of our organisation, performing to hundreds of thousands of people each year. Our Orchestra is supported by hundreds of visiting artists, alongside the volunteers of the WASO Chorus, to create an exceptional performance at every venue, every time. TRACKLIST ANDREW SCHULTZ Maali, Op. 101I.      Lively, fast and playfulII.     Slow, dreamlikeIII.    Variations: Fast, joyous Peter Faceroboe • Allan Meyer clarinetAdam Mikuliczbassoon • David Evans hornWest Australian Symphony OrchestraSimone Young conductor