Imaginations (2CD)

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Artist:
Matt Withers, Acacia Quartet

Imaginations is an album of Australian compositions for guitar and string quartet – including eight world premiere recordings – performed by Matt Withers and Acacia Quartet

The album features the winning works of the 2018 Matt Withers Australian Music Composition Competition – Wade Gregory’s Water Music, Rick Alexander’s Storming and Nava Ryan’s Solitude – coupled with new commissions and pre-existing favourites for the ensemble combination.

Established works by Richard Charlton, Nick Wales and the late Phillip Houghton are featured alongside premiere recordings of Robert Davidson’s solo guitar work Forest, Gordon Kerry’s String Quartet No. 5 and Moya Henderson’s Kudikynah Cave.

The competition called upon composers to submit an original composition inspired by the visual artwork of Queensland based artist, Sue Needham. As with Needham’s artwork, the works featured on Imaginations are rich in sonic colour and texture, conjuring visions of striking natural landscapes and seascapes.

Matt Withers is an ambassador for Australian music, a well-established classical guitar pedagogue, performer and role model for musicians across the country. His career to date has seen him perform with highly esteemed artists of the likes of William Barton, Sally Whitwell, many national orchestras as well as maintaining strong commitments in the leading Australian chamber music group Guitar Trek alongside Timothy Kain.

In just eight years of existence, Acacia Quartet have won great respect for their versatile and inventive programs. They have recorded six albums, with ‘Blue Silence’ earning a nomination for an APRA-AMCOS Art Music ‘Award for Excellence’.

Artists:

Matt Withers guitar

Acacia Quartet:
Lisa Stewart violin
Myee Clohessy violin
Stefan Duwe viola
Anna Martin-Scrase cello

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Tracklisting:

Disc 1

RICHARD CHARLTON
Shorelines*
1. I. Dark Horizon
2. II. The Lonely Shore
3. III. Storm Dance
Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet 

WADE GREGORY
Water Music*
4. I. Clouds
5. II. River
6. III. Ocean
Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet 

ROBERT DAVIDSON
7. Forest*
Matt Withers

MOYA HENDERSON
8. Kudikynah Cave*
Acacia Quartet

NICK WALES
9. Harbour Light
Acacia Quartet

NAVA RYAN
10. Solitude*
Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet

 

Disc 2

ROBERT DAVIDSON
1. Landscape*
Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet

PHILLIP HOUGHTON
In Amber
2. I. Dance
3. II. Dream
4. III. Initiation
Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet

GORDON KERRY
String Quartet No. 5*
5. I. Bright Summer
6. II. Seascape
7. III. Scherzo
8. IV. Fantasia on ‘Hyfrydol’
Acacia Quartet

RICK ALEXANDER
19. Storming*
Matt Withers & Acacia Quartet

 

*World Premiere Recordings