Waves III

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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

Available as an mp3 download from Halcyon here.
Also available as mp3 from cdbaby

Click here to download the full texts of the works.
Click here to download the notes and bios.

Released by Halcyon on 29 November 2016

Audio Samples

The third of Halcyon’s EP releases, Waves III features two new song cycles by Australian composers Raffaele Marcellino and Nigel Butterley. 

Commissioned by Halcyon, both works focus on a figure from Greek mythology and feature texts by contemporary Australian poets. A Strange Kind of Paradise (2010), for four female voices and harp, by Raffaele Marcellino centres on abandoned Ariadne, with poems by Jordie Albiston. Scored for mezzo-soprano, soprano, flute, clarinet, oboe, violin, viola, cello and guitar, Nigel Butterley’s Orphei Mysteria (2008), sets poems by Patricia Excell which explore elements of the Orpheus myth. 

TRACK LIST

  • 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  

War Letters

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Recorded on 14 and 15 November 2015 at the Performance Space, Western Sydney University. 
Engineered  and mastered by Michael Macken.
Produced by Diana Blom and Jenny Duck-Chong
Cover design: Liz Duck-Chong

CD available for sale by Halcyon here
CD also available through Wirrpang

Listen to samples from the full CD at Wirrpang here

Read the full notes and texts from the concert program here

Released by Wirripang on 9 December 2016

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

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 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.

TRACK LIST

  • 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 conductor (Gyger)

 

Kingfisher

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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: Liz Duck-Chong

Available as a CD from Halcyon
Also available as a CD from Tall Poppies and the Australian Music Centre and as mp3s from itunes

 

Released by Tall Poppies 15 November 2015

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

Read more about the Kingfisher project here

Reviews

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

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

This CD is the result of a daring project to commission 21 composers to write new works for Halcyon’s two singers, Jenny Duck-Chong and Alison Morgan. Presented over 2 concerts in their 15th anniversary year, and then recorded at Trackdown, the works are now available to all. The music, commissioned from some of Australia’s finest composers (all of whom have had involvement with Halcyon), is varied and intriguing and functions as a snapshot of recent Australian composition.
The performances are electric. What more could one want? Oh yes, all the recordings are world premieres!
— Tall Poppies

The Domestic Sublime

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Available as a CD from Katy Abbott and the Australian Music Centreor digitally on iTunes

Released by Leeward Side Records 2013

The Domestic Sublime - The Vocal Music of Katy Abbott (LS 1302)

Halcyon performs No Ordinary Traveller (2006) - song cycle for mezzo, clarinet, percussion and piano. Note: the full song cycle features on Sunburnt Aftertones.

CD also features performances by Greta Bradman, Leigh Harrold, and the Song Company.

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

Waves II

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

Available as a CD and mp3 from Halcyon
Also available as an mp3 from cdbaby and as a CD from the Australian Music Centre
 

Released by Halcyon 2013

Click here to download the full concert program + notes.
Click here to download the notes and bios.

Audio Extracts:

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. 

TRACK LIST

  • 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   

Reviews
 

A Vision of Wildflowers

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

Available as a CD  from Halcyon
Also available from the Australian Music Centre

Released by Ruth Lee Martin 2011

Vocal and choral music by Ruth Lee Martin

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

CD also features performances by Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne

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

Audio Excerpts:

Waves I

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

Available as  a CD and mp3 from Halcyon
Also available as a CD from the Australian Music Centre

Released by Halcyon 20 July 2012

Click here to download the full concert program + notes.
Click here to download the notes and bios.

Audio Excerpts

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.

TRACK LIST

  • 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

Reviews

Sunburnt Aftertones

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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 
Also available as a CD from Katy Abbott and the Australian Music Centre

Released by Move Records 2010

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.

CD also features performances by Caerwen Martin, Syzygy Ensemble, Mark Gaydon, Barry Cockcroft, Jessica Voigt and Joseph Lallo.

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

Audio Excerpts:

Halcyon - 15 years compilation

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Released by Halcyon 2013

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

Live in Concert 1998-2012

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. 

Cool Black

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Cool Black, Chamber Works of Rosalind Page
Move Records MCD396

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 and itunes

Released by Rosalind Page and Halcyon 2008

Audio Excerpts:

Inspired by the work of writers Apolilnaire, Lorca and Hardarson, Cool Black features three contrasting chamber song cycles from the visionary mind of composer Rosalind Page, performed by Halcyon.

Originally presented in performance by the acclaimed Australian ensemble, the works now come together on Halcyon’s first studio album, highlighting a mastery of poetic language, composition and performance.

Conceived and written across three years, Apollinairesongs (performed in 2002), Sonetos de amor oscuro (premiered in 2004 and winner of the 2006 Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize), and Hrafnsöngvar (2005) evoke the changing colours of the language and landscape in poems by Guillaume Apolilnaire (France), Federico Garcia Lorca (Spain) and Hrafn Andrés Hardarson (Iceland).

As the release celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2018, it’s clear both the works and the performances have stood the test of time. Delicate, evocative, and haunting, in Cool Black Halcyon and Page have together found an intimacy that feels like no less than an encounter.

TRACK LIST

  • 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

 

Dark Love

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Recorded live by ABC Classic FM on 23 October, 2004.  Producer: Stephen Adams  Engineer: Christian Huff-Johnston

Available as a CD from Halcyon.

Released by Halcyon 2004

Dark Love - Recorded live at Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Chamber music, where just a few instruments come together, is the best kept secret of the music world. The listener can delight in hearing with immense clarity all the colours of a rich sonic landscape; add some exotic and obscure instruments and you have a veritable feast of sound. Every year, Halcyon puts together one such project with no limits, where an ambitious gathering of instruments results in an aural and visual spectacle for the listener and a rewarding experience for all on stage. In this final performance for 2004, Halcyon presented a luxurious program of Spanish, American and Australian chamber music, featuring the poetry of Spanish Federico Garcia Lorca, Basque Bernardo Atxaga and the Indian 16th century poetess Mirabai.

TRACK LIST

  • 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

 

Sirens

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Recorded live by ABC Classic FM on 17 July 2004.

No longer available

Released by Halcyon 2004

Sirens - Recorded live at Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

TRACK LIST

  • 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
 

Close Ups

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Recorded live on 10 June 2004.  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

Click here to download the full concert program + notes.

Close Ups - Recorded live at Trackdown Scoring Stage, Fox Studios.

CLOSE UPS was a highlight of the 2004 series; an intimate
program bringing together just a handful of artists for each work, set in the beautiful acoustic of Trackdown Scoring Stage, and accompanied towards the end by a fantastical Sydney rain storm.

TRACK LIST

  • Kaija Saariaho - Du gick , flög
  • Rachel Clement - Fracture
  • Sally Beamish - Buzz
  • Edison Denisov - Archipel de songes
  • Libby Larsen - Do you know and Liebeslied From Belovedthou 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