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Australian Portrait - Michael Duke, saxophones; David Howie, piano



Playing time: 71'18"
Tracks: 13
Booklet pages: 8
© 2012 Cala Records Ltd
Reviewer: Bill Newman
Review of Australian Portrait - Michael Duke, saxophones; David Howie, piano published on 23 June 2013

Listen: Matthew Hindson: Repetepetition (track 1, 0:00-0:50)

HD Duo:
Michael Duke, saxophones
David Howie, piano

Matthew Hindson:
1 Repetepetition

Andrew Batterham:
2 Duke's Crusade

Anne Boyd:
3 Ganba

Brenton Broadstock:
4 Not too near ... not too far

Michael Smetanin:
5 If Stars are Lit

Mark Zadro:
X Suite
6 Witches Brew
7 Interlude 1
8 Cauldron
9 Interlude 2
10 Rattle Snake
11 Voyage
12 Fire Fly
13 Hymn for an Epilogue

A striking collection of recent Australian saxophone compositions. From the dance-like playfulness of Matthew Hindson's Repetepetition to the terrifying portents of an Aboriginal legend depicted in Anne Boyd's Ganba, six composers demonstrate the stylistic variety that is a feature of the current Australian music scene.

Michael Duke is Chair of the Woodwind Unit at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and David Howie is a member of the Ensemble Unit there, while performing widely as an associate artist and chamber musician.

First recordings of all works except the Broadstock.

Recorded 28-30 September 2010, Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.


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