The doyen of Australian guitarists, Timothy Kain, has always encouraged the creation of vibrant new music for the instrument and has worked closely over the years with the four composers presented here. In Richard Charlton’s ‘Sonata of Forgotten Dreams,’ non-standard tunings allow cascade-like harmonics to infuse the music, while Mark Isaacs contrasts jazz-like chords with classical color in Five Bagatelles. Phillip Houghton’s ‘The Goldfish Suite’ brings iridescent color and atmosphere, and ‘Mosstrooper Peak’ is Nigel Westlake’s alternately reflective and energetic solo piece evoking remote locations on the country’s east coast, shrines to the memory of his son.
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Richard Charlton: Sonata of Forgotten Dreams 1. I. Crusades and Crosses 2. II. The Games of Chance 3. III. Reconciliations and Regrets 4. IV. Recurring Dreams
5. Mark Isaacs: Song for My Father
Nigel Westlake: Guitar Sonata, "Mosstrooper Peak" (version for guitar solo) 6. I. Burning Point 7. II. Mosstrooper Peak 8. III. Nara Inlet 9. IV. Tangalooma 10. V. Butterfly Bay 11. VI. Smoky Cape
Phillip Houghton: The Goldfish Suite 12. I. Green Goldfish 13. II. Red Goldfish 14. III. Purple Goldfish 15. IV. Yellow Goldfish
Mark Isaacs: 5 Bagatelles 16. No. 1. Allegretto cantando 17. No. 2. Moderato 18. No. 3. Vivace molto pesante 19. No. 4. Lento dolente 20. No. 5. Allegro