Waves I (CD)

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Halycon - Alison Morgan, Jenny Duck-Chong

Acclaimed Australian ensemble Halcyon presents fascinating programs of new vocal chamber music from the 20th Century and beyond. In the past decade Halcyon has commissioned and premiered over forty substantial new chamber works. Our recent focus has been to record these wonderful and diverse pieces - we want to get this music out into the world! Waves I is the first in this upcoming series of studio recordings.

Award-winning composers Elliott Gyger and Andrew Ford share a deep appreciation of both the singing voice and the written word. Setting the poetry of a celebrated but fictional poet, Ern Malley, Gyger's Petit Testament is a virtuosic and mercurial tour de force for the two singers. Ford's Willow Songs, with text by Anne Stevenson, is at times brassy, innocent, sorrowful and sinister, the singers charged with bringing to life all its poetic twists and turns.

HALCYON is a dynamic force for the promotion of new and recent chamber music for voice. Halcyon directors Alison Morgan (soprano) and Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano) are both successful Australian solo artists, with a shared commitment to contemporary classical music. They are joined in Halcyon performances by some of Australia's most esteemed chamber soloists, conductors and singers.

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"These two CDs are top quality. They present composers and performers of distinction and the results are exemplary. May there be many more." - Gwen Bennett, Music Trust Loudmouth e-zine November 2015

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1. Elliott Gyger: Petit Testament (2008) - 9:41
Alison Morgan (soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano), Sally Whitwell (piano)

2. Andrew Ford: Willow Songs (2009) - 18:05
Mark Shiell (conductor), Alison Morgan (soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano), Sally Walker (flutes), Jason Noble (clarinets), John Douglas (percussion), Sally Whitwell (piano)