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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
Quality   320kbps
Album Price
 
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USD 7.99
 

 
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USD 6.99
 

 


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.


   




Review By William Yeoman,Gramophone,September 2008

Terrific playing makes this energetic Australian ‘Rite’ the one to have

Australian composer John Antill’s 1946 ballet Corroboree has the reputation of being some kind of antipodean Rite of Spring, though Antill apparently didn’t know of Stravinsky’s ballet when he wrote his. Based on notes taken during an actual corroboree—an Aborigine ceremonial gathering—Antill attended in 1913, the work achieved instant success, if only in its concert suite form.

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Review By Michael Southern,Australian Hi-Fi,August 2008

Corroboree was one of those defining moments in Australian music when John Antill scored an exuberant ballet drawing on notations he had made mostly in Botany Bay. Antill, however, was one of those great composers whom we adored during his early performances and then shortly afterwards ignored completely. Corroboree was a bit like that. It has rarely been recorded and copies of the recordings Goossens made in London are hard to get. So this release is welcome—not just to get the work back before the public, but also because it’s a rattling good performance from the underestimated Judd and this fine New Zealand orchestra.



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 Giv Cornfield,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,August 2008

Harry Belock was an east coast engineer and electronics pioneer. He was also a serious music lover. In the early 1950s, he developed a stereo recording system (on 35mm film) in partnership with cosmetics maker Helen Neuschaefer, and proceeded to record and release a series of blockbuster orchestral long-playing albums with famous orchestras and conductors. The label was called Everest, and was an instant hit (original Everest LPs have nautrally become collectors’ items). One of those was a recording of Corroboree, and was a knockout! With all due respect to that historical recording (with Sir Eugene Goossens and the London Symphony) however, I doubt that it can be any better than this absolutely superb new digital one with James Judd and the New Zealand Symphony

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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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