Peter Sculthorpe: The ABC Recordings (10CD+DVD)

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The passing of Peter Sculthorpe back in August 2014 was ‘not only a loss for Australia, of which country he had become a kind of musical icon, but for the world’ (IRR obituary November 2014). Peter Sculthorpe symbolised and was the voice of Australian classical music in the same way Tom Roberts and Sidney Nolan represent Australian art and Patrick White (with whom Peter wrote his opera Eliza Fraser) and Peter Carey Australian literature.

Peter Sculthorpe had a life long relationship with his publisher Faber Music in London, and after Benjamin Britten, was the second composer ever signed to Faber Music back in 1965.

Peter Sculthorpe had an enjoyable and fruitful relationship with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and ABC Classics. Yorkshire born conductor John Hopkins first championed works by Peter Sculthorpe in Australia in the mid-1960s, and here conducts the first recording of Sun Music I – IV (featured on CD1 of the boxed set); originally licensed for release on LP to EMI in 1977. This was the first commercial recording to establish Sculthorpe internationally.

This 10CD deluxe boxed set, brings together Sculthorpe’s ABC recordings for the first time to form a remarkable tribute to one of the world’s great composers. The mix of conductors who have embraced the music of Sculthorpe on this boxed set says much in itself; Dutch conductors David Porcelijn, and Edo de Waart, British conductor James Judd, Estonian Arvo Volmer and director of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti.

Sculthorpe created a musical voice that for the first time spoke directly of the land, the people and the spirit of Australia. His music opened up new possibilities for Australian composers, and brought a distinctive Australian voice to concert halls around the world.

This collection celebrates four decades of ABC recordings of Sculthorpe’s orchestral music, including the acclaimed Sun Music, Earth Cry, Port Essington, Quamby and Requiem. The set contains extensive annotations from Dr. Graeme Skinner, one of the Australia’s pre-eminent academics and writers on the history of Australian music and musical composition, providing a thorough musical insight to this revered composer.

Also included in this set is the first-ever release of the DVD Peter Sculthorpe – The String Quartets, in which the composer surveys his life and career as seen through his 18 string quartets, the first of which was written in the 1940s with No.18 completed in 2010.

Performances by the acclaimed Goldner String Quartet, long time champions of Peter’s music.

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Tracklisting:

DVD:

Sculthorpe: String Quartets

  • Goldner String Quartet
  • DVD documentary

 

10CDs:

Sculthorpe: Sun Music I

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • John Hopkins

Sculthorpe: Sun Music II

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • John Hopkins

Sculthorpe: Sun Music III

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • John Hopkins

Sculthorpe: Sun Music IV

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • John Hopkins

Sculthorpe: Sun Music V

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • John Hopkins

Sculthorpe: Irkanda IV

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • John Hopkins

Sculthorpe: Piano Concerto

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • John Hopkins

Sculthorpe: Small Town

  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • John Hopkins

Sculthorpe: Earth Cry

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Stuart Challender

Sculthorpe: Irkanda IV

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Stuart Challender

Sculthorpe: Small Town

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Stuart Challender

Sculthorpe: Kakadu

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Stuart Challender

Sculthorpe: Mangrove

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Stuart Challender

Sculthorpe: Port Essington

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sculthorpe: Sonatas for Strings Nos. 1, 2 & 3

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sculthorpe: Lament for Strings

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sculthorpe: Irkanda IV

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra

Sculthorpe: Memento Mori

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn

Sculthorpe: Sun Song

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn

Sculthorpe: Sun Music I, II, III & IV

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn

Sculthorpe: From Uluru

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn

Sculthorpe: Little Nourlangie

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart

Sculthorpe: Music for Japan

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart

Sculthorpe: Piano Concerto

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart
  • Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano)

Sculthorpe: The Song of Tailitnama

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • Edo de Waart
  • Kirsti Harms (mezzo)

Sculthorpe: Port Arthur: In Memoriam

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn

Sculthorpe: Djilile

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn

Sculthorpe: The Fifth Continent for speaker and orchestra

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn
  • Peter Sculthorpe (speaker), Mark Atkins (didjeridu)

Sculthorpe: Lament for Strings

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn

Sculthorpe: Night Song

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn

Sculthorpe: Port Arthur: In Memoriam

  • Sydney Symphony Orchestra
  • David Porcelijn

Sculthorpe: My Country Childhood

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • James Judd

Sculthorpe: Earth Cry (abridged version)

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • James Judd

Sculthorpe: Great Sandy Island

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • James Judd

Sculthorpe: New Norcia

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • James Judd

Sculthorpe: Quamby

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra
  • James Judd

Sculthorpe: Cello Dreaming

  • Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Mills

Sculthorpe: Quamby

  • Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Mills

Sculthorpe: Nourlangie

  • Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Mills

Sculthorpe: From Tabu Tabuhan (Music for Bali)

  • Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
  • Richard Mills

Sculthorpe: Earth Cry

  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Michael Christie
  • William Barton (didjeridu)

Sculthorpe: Mangrove

  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Michael Christie
  • William Barton (didjeridu)

Sculthorpe: Songs of Sea and Sky

  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Michael Christie
  • William Barton (didjeridu)

Sculthorpe: Kakadu

  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Michael Christie
  • William Barton (didjeridu)

Sculthorpe: From Ubirr

  • Queensland Symphony Orchestra
  • Michael Christie
  • William Barton (didjeridu)

Sculthorpe: Requiem

  • Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Chamber Singers
  • Arvo Volmer
  • William Barton (didjeridu)