Recordings

   

If you would like to purchase any of these recordings please click on the links below or write to us at info@halcyon.org.au

   

LATEST RELEASES

   

Waves III - NEW RELEASE

The third of Halcyon’s EP releases, Waves III features two new Halcyon commissions inspired by Greek mythology by Australian composers Raffaele Marcellino and Nigel Butterley. 

TRACKS:  Nigel Butterley Orphei Mysteria (2008); Raffaele Marcellino A Strange Kind of Paradise (2013)

ARTISTS
BUTTERLEY:  Matthew Wood conductor, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Alison Morgan soprano, Sally Walker flutes, Peter Smith clarinets, Alexandre Oguey oboe/cor anglais, Giuseppe Zangari guitar, Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich violin, James Wannan viola, Geoffrey Gartner cello
MARCELLINO: Alison Morgan soprano  Belinda Montgomery soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-soprano  Jo Burton  mezzo-soprano  Genevieve Lang harp 

Recorded at Trackdown Scoring Stage, Sydney Sept 2013 and July 2014
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Daniel Brown
Produced by Halcyon
Cover photo: Michael Chetham Cover graphic: Elizabeth Duck-Chong

Currrently available as mp3 download only.  Purchase at cdbaby here

For a limited time you can hear the full track of Orphei Mysteria Movt I here

Released by Halcyon on November 29 2016

 




 

     

WAR LETTERS: new music commemorating WWI

The War Letters project was instigated by composer Diana Blom, who, inspired by the writings of her own great uncle Frank Robinson, wanted to tell personal stories of every day men and women in wartime.  War Letters, released by Wirripang (Wirr 074),features four newly commissioned works by four generations of Australian composers - Larry Sitksy, Diana Blom, Elliott Gyger and Nicole Murphy.  Drawing their texts from the writings of ordinary ANZACs serving in WWI, the thoughts, reflections and feelings expressed in these personal letters are as fresh today as they were 100 years ago.

The project of concerts and CD recording was made possible through the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.

Tracks:  Elliott Gyger Un poilu australien (2015),  Nicole Murphy Dearest Mother ...' (2015), Larry Sitsky Letter from the Trenches (2015), Diana Blom Triptych (war letters) (2015)

ARTISTS
Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo-soprano, Clive Birch bass, James Wannan viola, Jo Allan piano and Kaylie Dunstan percussion with Geoffrey Gartner as conductor for the Gyger.
 

Recorded at Western Sydney University in November 2015.  Engineered by Michael Macken.

Available for sale through Halcyon and Wirrpang

Listen to samples from the full CD at Wirrpang here

 

 

     

Kingfisher - Songs for Halcyon

Kingfisher: Songs for Halcyon (TP263), released through Tall Poppies, features 21 new commissions written in celebration of Halcyon's 15th birthday.  An outstanding collection which showcases the richness of Australian contemporary writing for voice and chamber ensemble.

TRACK LIST

  1. Andrew Ford: To My Excellent Lucasia, on our Friendship [2:42]
  2. Stuart Greenbaum: Opalescence [4:00]
  3. Paul Stanhope: My Love in Her Attire [1:38]
  4. Elliott Gyger: The Pleiades at Midnight [4:27]
  5. Stephen Adams: Sometimes snow fell, sometimes darkness... [3:43]
  6. Jane Stanley: Round the Bay [3:31]
  7. Graham Hair: All About Anna [4:06]
  8. Rosalind Page: Aquila’s wing [2:49]
  9. Nicholas Vines: A King’s Manifesto [6:01]
  10. Katy Abbott: Follow Me Through the Shadow [2:57]
  11. Dan Walker: The Mystic Blue [3:40]
  12. Ross Edwards: The Tranquil Mind [3:16]
  13. Kevin March: Sea-blue Bird [4:07]
  14. Sharon Calcraft: Verathmende, Schillernde, Blitzende... [3:09]
  15. Andrew Schultz: Lake Moonrise, Op. 94 [3:56]
  16. Gordon Kerry: Music (La Musique) [2:59]
  17. Raffaele Marcellino: Turbulent Passions Calm [3:43]
  18. John Peterson: See, the Prismatic Colors Glisten [4:47]
  19. Nigel Butterley: Nature Changes at the Speed of Life [2:41]
  20. Moya Henderson: I Lost a World the Other Day [3:38]
  21. Gillian Whitehead: All One Water [4:24]

ARTISTS

Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Laura Chislett Jones piccolo, flute, alto flute, bass flute  Jason Noble clarinet, bass clarinet, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Willam Jackson & Joshua Hill percussion

Recorded at Trackdown Scoring Stage, Sydney in May-July 2014.  Engineered and mixed by Daniel Brown.
Mastered by Christo Curtis, Utopia Audio.
Cover photograph: Lorenzo Cortelletti  Cover design: Elizabeth Duck-Chong

Price: $28.30 (incl. postage and handling) each. CD only. Orders through Tall Poppies or Halcyon

Released by Tall Poppies November 2015

Click on the links to listen to two of the tracks by Moya Henderson and Gordon Kerry 

 
 
     

WAVES II

Waves II is Halcyon's second release of studio recordings featuring two more Australian works: Ross Edwards' Maninya I for mezzo soprano and cello and Dan Walker's King Ludwig's Swans for four female voices and harp. 

TRACKS: Ross Edwards Maninya I (1981/86); Dan Walker King Ludwig's Swans (2004/2009)

ARTISTS
EDWARDS:  Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Geoffrey Gartner cello
WALKER: Alison Morgan soprano  Belinda Montgomery soprano  Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano  Jo Burton  mezzo soprano  Genevieve Lang harp  

Recorded at Trackdown Scoring Stage, Sydney in 2011-2012.  Engineered, mixed and mastered by Daniel Brown.

 

Available as mp3 from cdbaby and others and as CD from Halcyon 

NEW**  Listen to the full track of King Ludwig's Swan I here

Read the Music Trust review here

Released by Halcyon 2013

   
     

WAVES I

Waves I is the first in Halcyon's series of EP releases of studio recordings and features two Australian works: Elliott Gyger's Petit Testament for soprano, mezzo and piano and Andrew Ford's Willow Songs for soprano, mezzo, flute/piccolo/alto flute, clarinet/bass clarinet, percussion and piano.

TRACKS: Elliott Gyger Petit Testament (2008); Andrew Ford Willow Songs (2009)

ARTISTS
GYGER: Alison Morgan soprano Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano Sally Whitwell piano
FORD: Mark Shiell conductor Alison Morgan soprano Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano Sally Walker flutes Jason Noble clarinets John Douglas percussion Sally Whitwell piano

Recorded at Trackdown Scoring Stage Sydney September 2009 & May 2011. Engineered, mixed and mastered by Daniel Brown.

 

Available as mp3 from cdbaby and others and as CD from Halcyon 

NEW** For a limited time listen to the complete track of Petit Testament here

Read the Music Trust review here

Released by Halcyon 2012

   
     

Kingfisher - 15 years of Halcyon

Live in Concert 1998-2012

Very limited promotional release

Featuring work by Delage, Andrew, Kim, Martin, Erkoreka, Butterley, Salonen, Berkeley, Ligeti, Reich, Ricketson, Bryars, Boyd, Adamcyk, Schultz, Vidales and Kerry.

Tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 19 were recorded by ABC Classic FM and are licensed by courtesy of the ABC. 

For full track information download the PDF here (56.80 KB)

Released by Halcyon 2013

   
     

A VISION OF WILDFLOWERS

Vocal and choral music by Ruth Lee Martin

Halcyon performs Wimmera Song Cycle (2010) - song cycle for soprano, mezzo, flute, cello and piano

Artists:  Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Sally Walker flute, Geoffrey Gartner cello, Sally Whitwell piano

Recorded at The Simon Leadley Scoring Stage, Trackdown Studios, Sydney by Daniel Brown, 2010. 

Available as a CD only from Halcyon or Ruth Lee Martin

Released by Ruth Lee Martin 2012

   
     

SUNBURNT AFTERTONES

The Chamber Music of Katy Abbott Move Records MCD441

Halcyon performs No Ordinary Traveller (2006) - song cycle for mezzo, clarinet, percussion and piano

Artists: Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano, Diana Springford clarinet, Daryl Pratt percussion, Jo Allan piano

Recorded at The Simon Leadley Scoring Stage, Trackdown Studios, Sydney by Daniel Brown, 2010.  Produced by Haig Burnell.  Edited by Haig Burnell and Tom Grubb.

Available as CD from Halcyon and Katy Abbott Kvasnica and as mp3 from itunes

Released by Katy Abbott Kvasnica 2010

You can listen to extracts on halcyonwaves soundcloud page here

   
     

COOL BLACK  

Chamber Works of Rosalind Page  Move Records MCD396

Rosalind Page apollinairesongs , Hrafnsöngvar, Sonetos del amor oscuro (winner of the Paul Lowin Award 2006)

Artists: Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano , Alison Morgan soprano , Mark Shiell conductor , Roland Peelman conductor, Laura Chislett Jones flutes , Diana Springford clarinet , Nicole Forsyth viola , Clemens Leske piano , Patrick Murphy cello , Genevieve Lang harp , Ben van Tienen celeste , Tommie Andersson lute, baroque guitar, theorbo , Daryl Pratt percussion , Claire Edwardes percussion , Kirsty McCahon double bass , Rosalind Page balinese gong, soundtrack

Recorded and engineered at Trackdown Digital by Daniel Brown, Sept 2007-February 2008.  Edited and mixed by Daniel Brown, Rosalind Page and Halcyon.  Mastered by Kathy Naunton, dB Mastering. Produced by Halcyon and AVT.

Available as CD from Halcyon, the Australian Music Centre and Buywell and mp3 from the Australian Music Centre.

Released by Rosalind Page and Halcyon 2008

You can listen to two tracks from Hrafnsöngvar on the halcyonwaves soundcloud page here

   
     

DARK LOVE

Recorded live at Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, October 2004

Dark Love

John Harbison  Mirabai Songs, George Crumb Night of the Four Moons , Rosalind Page Sonetos del amor oscuro (World premiere), Gabriel Erkoreka  Bizitza (Australian premiere)

Artists: Roland Peelman conductor, Alison Morgan soprano , Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano , Laura Chislett Jones alto flute , piccolo Steve Meyer flute , piccolo Diana Springford clarinets , Matthew Ockenden bassoon , Michael Hooper banjo , Tommie Andersson lutes, baroque guitar, theorbo, Vanessa Souter harp , Daryl Pratt percussion , John Douglas percussion , Sophie Cole violin , Nicole Forsyth viola , Deborah Coogan cello , electric cello Helen Cosgrove double bass

Recorded live by ABC Classic FM.  Producer: Stephen Adams  Engineer: Christian Huff-Johnston

 

Available as CD from Halcyon or cdbaby.com

Released by Halcyon 2004

   

SIRENS

Recorded live at Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, July 2004

Sirens

Dan Walker King Ludwig’s Swans , Kerry Andrew luna-cy , Ruth Lee Martin Carmina Gaedelica , Kaija Saariaho  Nej och inte , Edward McGuire  Celtic Knotwork , Graham Hair  O Venezia Part 1

Artists: Alison Morgan soprano , Belinda Montgomery soprano , Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano , Jo Burton mezzo soprano , Genevieve Lang harp

Recorded live by ABC Classic FM.

No longer available

Released by Halcyon 2004

   

CLOSE UPS

Recorded live at Trackdown Scoring Stage, Fox Studios, Sydney, June 2004

Close Ups

Kaija Saariaho Du gick , flög, Rachel Clement Fracture , Sally Beamish Buzz , Edison Denisov Archipel de songes , Libby Larsen Do you know and Liebeslied From Beloved , thou hast brought me flowers , Jonathan Harvey Lullaby for the Unsleeping , Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki Good Night , (movt 2 & 3), Dai Fujikura Still sweet… , Earl Kim Now and then , Ross Harris …inside the rainbow air… ,  Fung Lam Amitabha (World premiere)

Artists: Alison Morgan soprano, Jenny Duck-Chong mezzo soprano , Steven Meyer flutes , Alexandre Oguey cor anglais , Alison Eddington percussion , Sally Whitwell piano , Lucy O'Shea harp , Alex Norton violin , Nicole Forsyth viola , Sally Maer cello

Recorded live.  Engineer/editor: Patrick Mullins Assistant editor: Daniel Brown

 






Available as CD from Halcyon, CD and mp3 from cdbaby.com and mp3 from itunes and others

Released by Halcyon 2004

   
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