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SCULTHORPE: Earth Cry / Piano Concerto / Kakadu

Composer(s):Sculthorpe, Peter
Period(s) Contemporary
Genre Classical Music
Category ConcertosOrchestral
Catalogue 8.557382
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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This recording of music by Tasmanian-born Peter Sculthorpe contains works that are related to the unique social climate and physical characteristics of the Pacific region. Earth Cry for didgeridoo and orchestra is a straightforward and melodious work whose four parts comprise quick, ritualistic music framed by slower music of a supplicatory nature and an extended coda. The Piano Concerto, written within the European concert tradition, is in one continuous movement, consisting of five sections with musical ideas from the ancient court music of Japan and the Balinese gamelan. From Oceania is composed in what is known as Sculthorpe’s Sun Music style, in which the orchestra is treated like a giant percussion instrument.


Great Introduction to Sculthorpe
Review By jleonard,August 2014

This is a splendid introduction to the works of the recently deceased Australian composer. Earth Cry was composed as a lament for environmental degradation in 1986. Later it was revised by the composer to incorporate a part for didgeridoo. It is this version we hear on this recording, splendidly and menacingly played, with the dijeridoo of William Barton howling, barking and growling. Memento Mori is a similarly sombre piece but more stoic than lamenting.

The Piano Concerto may be Sculthorpe’s single greatest work. It is a single-span piece where the piano plays with the orchestra throughout, thus seeming to turn the conventions of the piano concerto on their head. However, there are clearly perceptible sections within the work, which grows as it progresses, and leaves the more....

Review By , Classica,November 2005

Review By , Limelight Magazine,March 2005



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