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Morning Concert:
The Music of Peter Sculthorpe

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 134 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

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Peter Sculthorpe (born April 19, 1929, in Launceton, Tasmania) is one of the most renowned composers living in Australia. His informed incorporation of Asian musical elements in his own output makes for a subtle and remarkable blend of styles and sonorities, sensitively accomplished. In San Francisco, his music has been championed by the Kronos Quartet, and on a visit to the Bay Area in 1983, in order to witness the premiere of a piece composed for that ensemble, Sculthorpe talked with Charles Amirkhanian. The two talked about the Australian and Asian influences in his music, Sculthorpe’s forays into opera and musical theater, as well as his meeting Percy Grainger when Sculthorpe was only a child. In addition, a number of Sculthorpe’s work are heard, including his “Piano Concerto”. (from KPFA Folio)

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Mangrove (1979) (15:00) -- Song of Tailitnama, for voice, six cellos, and percussion [text from the Northern Aranda poem “The Song of Tailitnama”] (1974) (14:00) -- Quiros [a TV opera, text by Brian Bell] [excerpt] (1982) (5:00)
Performers:  Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Mangrove)
Louis Frémaux, conductor (Mangrove)
Helena Nickharts, soprano (Tailitnama)
Instrumental Ensemble for the School of Music, Victorian College of the Arts (Tailitnama)
John Hopkins, conductor (Tailitnama)
Jon Weaving, baritone (Quiros)
Australian Broadcasting Company Orchestra (Quiros)
Myer Fredman, conductor (Quiros)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Sculthorpe, Peter, 1929-; Queirós, Pedro Fernandes de, d. 1615; 20th century classical; Orchestral music; Songs (High voice) with instrumental ensemble; Operas -- Excerpts
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Sculthorpe, Peter, 1929-2014; Frémaux, Louis; Nickharts, Helena; Hopkins, John, 1927-; Ball, Brian; Weaving, Jon; Fredman, Myer
Recording Date:  4/07/1983
First Broadcast Date:  7/28/1983
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Requiem, for solo cello (1979) (16:00) -- Landscape II, for piano quartet [1st movement] (1978) (5:00) -- Piano Concerto (1982) (23:00)
Performers:  Nathan Waks, cello (Requiem)
Tony Fogg, piano (Concerto)
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (Concerto)
Myer Fredman, conductor (Concerto)
Genre:  20th Century Classical
Subject:  Sculthorpe, Peter, 1929-; Grainger, Percy, 1882-1961; 20th century classical; Cello music; Piano quartets; Concertos (Piano)
People:  Amirkhanian, Charles; Sculthorpe, Peter, 1929-2014; Waks, Nathan, 1951-; Fogg, Anthony; Fredman, Myer
Recording Date:  4/07/1983
First Broadcast Date:  7/28/1983
 
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