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ANTILL: Corroboree / Outback Overture

Composer(s):Antill, John
Artist(s) Judd, James, Conductor • New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570241
Label Naxos
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Australian composer John Antill is best remembered for his exuberant, outstandingly successful and ever-popular ballet Corroboree. Drawing on material Antill notated in 1913 at an Aboriginal Corroboree (a type of ritual ceremony) in Botany Bay and on his subsequent research on Aboriginal music, Corroboree is widely recognized as a landmark in Australian music history. Antill’s Outback Overture is a charming concert opener, reminiscent of Stravinsky’s rhythmic energy, British folk melodies, Copland’s harmonic influence and Grainger’s humour.


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Review By William Yeoman,The West Australian,January 2008

This is the first digital recording of an Australian classic. John Antill’s popular ballet is based on his memories of a corroboree he witnessed in 1913 and on material gathered during research on Australian indigenous music. The music still sounds as vibrant and colourful as ever, especially with such a committed performance as this by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Included as an attractive filler is Antill’s Outback Overture. At Naxos’ bargain price, you can’t go wrong.



Review By Phil Carrick,Qantas The Australian Way Magazine,July 2008

The 1973 recording of this landmark work with the Sydney Symphony has rightly been regarded for years as a real audiophile demonstration disc. It was also, until now, the only recording, so this is a significant release. Indispensable.



Review By ,Robinsons Book News,June 2008

Australian composer John Antill is best remembered for his exuberant, outstandingly successful and ever-popular ballet Corroboree. Drawing on material Antill notated in 1913 at a corroboree in Botany Bay and on his subsequent research on Aboriginal music, Corroboree is a landmark in Australian music history.



Review By Greg Barns,The Mercury (Tasmania, Australia),May 2008

Australian composer John Antill is best remembered for his exuberant, outstandingly successful and ever-popular ballet Corroboree. Drawing on material Antill notated in 1913 at a corroboree in Botany Bay and on his subsequent research on Aboriginal music, Corroboree is a landmark in Australian music history.



Review By Peter McCallum,Sydney Morning Herald,May 2008

You would be reluctant to suggest John Antill’s Corroboree for the citizenship test but culturally literate Australians ought to have had more opportunities to get to know this landmark work in recent years. This excellent recording of the complete ballet by James Judd and the New Zealand Symphony orchestra fills a big gap.

Championed by Eugene Goossens in 1946, it can be seen as a musical offshoot of the Jindyworobak movement of the 1930s and ’40s, which sought distinctive Australian literary identity in Aboriginal myth.

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Review By David Denton, Naxos,July 2008

Formal music education came late in the life of John Antill, one of the most influential musicians working in Australia through the central years of the 20th century. Born in Sydney of British parents in 1904, some of his manuscripts were shown to the Australian composer, Arthur Benjamin, who recommended he seek advanced studies with Alfred Hill, another of the nation’s most famous composers. A number of years later, he took that advice, but after graduating from the New South Wales State Conservatoruim, he became a jobbing musician as singer, conductor and orchestral musician. A series of chance events led him into radio, and he played a major part in shaping broadcast music in Australia during the 1930’s. His detractors, however, might say that his conservative nature

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