Waves II (CD)

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Halcyon - 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; Waves 2 is the second release of studio recordings featuring works by Australian composers Ross Edwards and Dan Walker.

Meditative stillness wraps around joyous exuberance in Maninya 1, Edwards' dynamic dance for voice and cello. King Ludwig's Swans is a musical watercolour, set by Walker with elegant beauty and commissioned for Halcyon's female voices and harp.

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. Ross Edwards: Maninya I (1981/86) - 10:54
Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano), Geoffrey Garter (cello)

2-6. Dan Walker: King Ludwig's Swans (2004/2009) - 19:07
Alison Morgan (soprano), Belinda Montgomery (soprano), Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano), Jo Burton (mezzo soprano), Genevieve Lang (harp)