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Ensemble Liaison: Epiphany
Four Australian works played by an Australian ‘national treasure’.
Epiphanybrings together four of Australia’s leading composers in an album of new works composed for Ensemble Liaison, showcasing the range of colours and emotion, the virtuosic brilliance, and with the beauty of sound that is possible with this ensemble.
Elena Kats-Chernin’s Ballade is a lyrical and sometime stirring work that takes inspiration from Monteverdi, Bach and Chopin. Aus tiefer Not by Ian Munro pays homage to J.S. Bach, using one of Bach’s choral settings to reflect on his own thoughts and experiences. Michael Dooley’s Epiphany, the title work on the album, tells the story of the composer’s spiritual quest from childhood to early adulthood, in four movements: The River, The Box, The Abyss and The Awakening. Angelus by Mary Finsterer is inspired by the painting of the same name by French painter Jean François Millet. It portrays a simple peasant couple with their heads bowed in prayer, the music paying homage to this humble yet profound moment.
Described by Limelight magazine as a ‘national treasure’, Ensemble Liaison are one of Australia’s leading internationally acclaimed ensembles: a tour de force renowned for captivating and engaging performances with mass appeal. Their imaginative and innovative programming has set a trend for brilliant collaborations with leading artists. Critics have hailed their performances with superlatives such as ‘spellbinding’, ‘flawless’, ‘a revelation’, ‘moving’ and ‘joyous’.
The creation of new works is also a priority for Ensemble Liaison, who have commissioned music from Paul Grabowsky, Ian Munro, Gordon Kerry, Tony Gould, Stuart Greenbaum, Elena Kats-Chernin, Jane Hammond, Michael Dooley, Thomas Reiner, Aleksander Sedlar, Mark Viggiani and Mary Finsterer. Countless arrangements by the trio have also formed an integral part of their programming and artistic vision.
1. ELENA KATS-CHERNIN Ballade
2. IAN MUNRO Aus tiefer Not
MICHAEL DOOLEY Epiphany
3. I. The River
4. II. The Box
5. III. The Abyss
6. IV. The Awakening
7. MARY FINSTERER Julian Suite III: Angelus