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University of Queensland Chamber Players / Jane Sheldon - Oranges under the Full Moon: Chamber Music by Paul Stanhope

“No-one eats oranges under the full moon / Fruit must be eaten green, ice-cold”

Paul Stanhope is one of Australia’s most evocative composers, known especially for his sumptuous choral works – shaped in part by his time as Musical Director of Sydney Chamber Choir. But this album, the first album of Stanhope’s chamber music, presents this composer’s work on a smaller, more intimate scale.

The album is defined by sensuality and yearning, a sensation encapsulated by the above line from the first of the Three Lorca Songs, ‘Song for the Moon’. These three songs are evocative settings of poems by Federico García Lorca, the famous Spanish poet, sung here with great musicianship, clarity and stylishness by soprano Jane Sheldon, one of Australia’s leading interpreters of contemporary vocal music.

The yearning continues in an arrangement of ‘Dolcissimo Uscignolo’, a madrigal about the ‘Sweetest Nightingale’ by the great Italian Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi, which is linked to Stanhope’s piano trio of the same name. There is yearning, too, in ‘Agnus Dei – After the Fire’, but of a different kind: this work was written in sympathy for the families of victims of the 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires in Victoria, and the sense of loss, grief and longing for peace is palpable.

Performed here with exceptional skill and sensitivity by the virtuosic performers of the UQ Chamber Players, Adam Chalabi and Patrick Murphy of the Tinalley Quartet, along with pianist Liam Viney, this album adds another chapter to the exciting story of one of Australia’s finest composers.

Paul Stanhopeis an award-winning Sydney-based composer, former Musical Director of Sydney Chamber Choir and currently an Associate Professor in Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney. Previous releases on the ABC Classic label include Songs for the Shadowland – an album of song cycles for combinations of voices and instruments – and Lux Aeterna, a stunning collection of his choral works recorded with Sydney Chamber Choir, which was nominated for an Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR) Award for Best Independent Classical Album in 2018.

TRACKLISTING

1.    Piano Trio No. 2 ‘Pulses’

2.    Dolcissimo Uscignolo

3.    Piano Trio No. 1 ‘Dolcissimo Uscignolo’

       Three Lorca Songs:

4.    I. Song for the Moon

5.    II. Madrigals

6.    III. Song of the Seven Maidens (Theory of the Rainbow)

7.    Dawn Lament

8.    Agnus Dei – After the Fire

Jane Sheldonsoprano (tks 2, 4-6)

University of Queensland Chamber Players:

Adam Chalabiviolin

Patrick Murphycello

Liam Vineypiano

All tracks composed by Paul Stanhope except track 2,
which is by Claudio Monteverdi, arranged by for soprano
and piano trio by Paul Stanhope

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)