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Amy Dickson saxophone
with William Barton didgeridoo • Daniel de Borah piano
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, cond. Nicholas Carter
Grammy-nominated superstar saxophonist Amy Dickson returns with her most personal album yet, exploring connections between classical composers and the folk music of their homelands.
From the red dirt of the Australian desert to the rolling green hills of the Scottish Highlands,
In Circles unapologetically celebrates folk music and the tremendous influence it has had on music around the world and throughout history.
As Dickson says, “Folk music breathes the very identity of a country, and in troubled times can be a source of solace, over and over again. At the core of folk music lies a beating heart of humanity to which we return again and again. The creation itself of this music requires personal, family and social connections – in a word: kinship.”
This sense of community and togetherness is amplified by the collaborations on this album. With celebrated composer and didgeridoo virtuoso William Barton, Dickson explores music by Australian composers Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe and Barton himself. With acclaimed pianist Daniel de Borah she traverses Europe, from Brahms to Falla, Pessard and Vaughan Williams. And Nicholas Carter and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra explore archetypes of traditional Scottish music in a world premiere recording of Sir James MacMillan’s Saxophone Concerto, written specifically for Dickson.
Dickson continues, “In today’s frenetic digital age, folk music offers us a refuge: the enduring simplicity and nostalgia embodied in this music provides timeless sanctuary from the relentless surge of modernity.” We invite you to take a deep, relaxing breath and join us at our table, our fireplace, and with our family.
Twice nominated for a Grammy™ award, Amy Dickson made history by becoming the first saxophonist to win a Classic BRIT Award, as Breakthrough Artist of the Year. In January 2016 she was named Young Australian of the Year in the UK; she has since been acknowledged by BBC Music Magazine as one of the world’s six best classical saxophonists, both past and present. Recognised for her remarkable, distinctive tone and exceptional musicality, Amy Dickson has performed throughout the world in such prestigious venues as The Wigmore Hall, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall, the Konzerthaus in Vienna and theBerliner Philharmonie.
1 PESSARD Andalouse
2 SCULTHORPE Djilile
3 FALLA Jota
4 MACMILLAN From Galloway
5 TRADITIONAL She Moved through the Fair
MACMILLAN Saxophone Concerto
6 I. March, Strathspey and Reel
7 II. Gaelic Psalm
8 III. Jigs
with Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Nicholas Carter (Live Recording)
9 GRAINGER Shepherd’s Hey
10 BRAHMS Hungarian Dance No. 4
11 ANONYMOUS Discovery
13 BARTON Kalkadunga Yurdu
Six Studies in English Folk-Song
14 I. Adagio
15 II. Andante sostenuto
16 III. Larghetto
17 IV. Lento
18 V. Andante tranquillo
19 VI. Allegro vivace
20 EDWARDS Yanada