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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.
ANDREW SCHULTZ Maali, Op. 101
I. Lively, fast and playful
II. Slow, dreamlike
III. Variations: Fast, joyous
Peter Faceroboe • Allan Meyer clarinet
Adam Mikuliczbassoon • David Evans horn
West Australian Symphony Orchestra
Simone Young conductor