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Alchemy (Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi)

Listen to the first single from the album here.

Two of Australia’s hottest young guitarists take us on a trip through time and around the world of classical guitar.

Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi are the rockstars of Nylon-Acoustic Classical music. Whilst their technicality as musicians are immediately apparent, so also is their love for music and performing.” On Sounds

Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi are “two stunning young guitarists” (Sydney Arts Guide) who have been performing together since 2014, touring as a duo as well as with baritone José Carbó in The José Carbó Trio. They have been described as “breathtaking” (Canberra Critics Circle), and praised for their “dazzling guitar playing” (ArtsHub).

Alchemy, their debut recording, takes us on a journey through history and around the world, through beloved works by Debussy, Rameau, Piazzolla, Albéniz, Falla and Granados. The album also features the acclaimed ‘Three Duets’ by the late Australian guitarist and composer Phillip Houghton – including ‘Alchemy’, the first piece that Andrew and Ariel performed as a duo and the piece after which this album is named.

This is a gorgeous album, full of classic pieces beautifully performed, and announces major new stars in the already-glittering galaxy of Australia’s classical guitar community.

Amongst the exciting emergence of a new generation of classical musicians, guitarist Andrew Blanch stands out. Armed with formidable talent, passion, and conviction, Andrew has carved out his own path to much acclaim. His independently released album ‘Spanish Guitar Music’ (2015) which Jim McCutcheon of Soundboard Magazine (USA) noted as “one of the best debut albums I’ve ever heard” marked the auspicious beginnings to a busy and multifaceted musical career today.

As a soloist, Andrew has been awarded numerous prizes in international competitions including first prize in the Adelaide International Guitar Competition (2019) and the Melbourne International Guitar Competition (2015). His collaborations are extensive and he is commissioning new works for the guitar from celebrated Australian composers Daniel Rojas, Felicity Wilcox, Jessica Wells and Robert Davidson.

Andrew, based in Sydney, Australia, is managed by Tier 1 Arts and plays a 2014 Greg Smallman and Sons guitar. Andrew graduated with First Class Honours from the Australian National University in 2013 where he studied with Timothy Kain and Minh Le Hoang.

Ariel Nurhadi is a Sydney-based guitarist, active on the performing circuit having toured extensively through Australia and New Zealand. Ariel has performed with some of Australia’s leading musicians and singers and his love of collaborative projects continues with The Jose Carbo Trio, his guitar duo with Andrew Blanch and a forthcoming project called The Great Acceleration with Ensemble Offspring and Topology.

Ariel is a graduate of Timothy Kain’s renowned guitar class at the ANU, which he completed with first-class honours. During his studies, he developed a keen interest in historical performance practice, with a focus on the interpretive style of Andrés Segovia.

TRACKLISTING

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin (1724) (arr. Sergio & Eduardo Abreu)

1. Le Rappel des Oiseaux

2. Musette en Rondeau

3. Rigaudons 1 & 2

4. Allemande

5. Les Cyclopes

Claude Debussy

6. Clair de Lune from Suite Bergamasque (arr. Ariel Nurhadi & Andrew Blanch)

7. Cakewalk from Children's Corner (arr. Julian Bream & John Williams)

8. Peter Madlem Monte Carlo

9. Isaac Albéniz (arr. Miguel Llobet) Evocación from Iberia

10. Manuel de Falla (arr. Emilio Pujol) Danza from La Vida Breve

11. Enrique Granados (arr. Emilio Pujol) Intermezzo from Goyescas

12. Radamés Gnattali: Suite Retratos

13. iii. Anacleto de Medeiros (Schottisch)

Release
The Huntington Estate Music Festival is one of the brightest stars in Australia’s musical firmament. For three decades, it has been bringing together top-flight musicians from around the country and around the world to present a breathtaking array of chamber music masterpieces, both iconic favourites and delicious new discoveries. Presented by the Huntington Estate Winery in association with Musica Viva Australia, and held in the winery’s Barrel Room, one of the most remarkable and surprising music venues in the world, the Festival is a delight to audiences and musicians alike.After 30 stellar years of exceptional music-making, however, the 2019 Festival will be the last, with Huntington Estate owners Tim and Nicky Stevens reluctantly deciding that their grapes – and their young family – must come first. To mark this significant occasion, ABC Classic is proud to delve into its broadcast archives to present this selection of some of the Festival’s most memorable performances across a typically diverse and intriguing range of repertoire: from Schubert and Dvořák to Bach’s astonishing eldest son Wilhelm Friedemann and Australian composers Ross Edwards and Ian Munro.It was Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra who began the Festival and established it as a serious contender on the world stage – and the hottest concert tickets in the country! This album includes superb three recordings from those early years: music of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Percy Grainger.In 2006, the ACO passed the baton to Musica Viva and Artistic Director Carl Vine, opening up the Festival’s artist roster to an extraordinary range of musicians, both local and international. From among the literally hundreds of thrilling performances, this album features New York-based Australian pianist Andrea Lam, Russian-Armenian clarinettist Narek Arutyunian, the rich bass-baritone of Teddy Tahu Rhodes and Vienna’s acclaimed Eggner Trio, along with regular Festival guests the Goldner String Quartet and the rising stars of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) Chamber Orchestra.…/2The CD of this compilation is available exclusively at the Festival itself, but for all those who can’t make the trip to Mudgee, ABC Classic is releasing the full album as a digital album, for download and streaming, so that audiences all around the world can share in the celebration. TRACKLISTING  1     MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’: II. Vivace non troppo2     BRAHMS arr. ANGERER Chorale Prelude ‘O Gott, du frommer Gott’3     GRAINGER Blithe Bells       Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti director (2002 / 2004)        SCHUBERT4     An die Musik (To Music)5     Erlkönig (The Erl-King)6     Die Forelle (The Trout)7     Die Taubenpost (Pigeon Post) from Schwanengesang       Teddy Tahu Rhodes bass-baritone, Kristian Chong piano (2007)        WF BACH Sinfonia in F major ‘Dissonant’8     I. Vivace9     II. Andante10   III. Vivace11   IV. Menuetto I & II       ANAM Chamber Orchestra, Paul Wright violin / conductor (2010)      12   ROSS EDWARDS String Quartet No. 2 ‘Shekina Fantasy’:       I. Allegro moderato       Goldner String Quartet (2010)        MENDELSSOHN13   Song without Words Op. 67 No. 2 – Allegro leggiero14   Song without Words Op. 85 No. 4 – Andante sostenuto       Andrea Lam piano (2012) 15   WEBER Clarinet Quintet in B-flat major: II. Fantasia       Narek Arutyunian clarinet, Australian String Quartet (2012)        MUNRO Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Book of Lullabies’ – Excerpts16   II. Lullaby in Edo17   III. Kun Mun Kultani Tulisi18   IV. Skye Boat Song       Dimity Hall violin, Julian Smiles cello, Ian Munro piano (2013) 19   DVOŘÁK Piano Trio No. 1: II. Adagio molto e mesto       Eggner Trio (2015)