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listen  1. Earth CryWilliam Barton13:58Album Only
listen  2. Memento mori: Memento MoriJames Judd14:33Album Only
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listen  5. KakaduJames Judd15:37Album Only

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Product Details

  • Performer: William Barton, Tamara Anna Cislowska
  • Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony
  • Conductor: James Judd
  • Composer: Peter Sculthorpe
  • Audio CD (November 16, 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00068CVKI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This recording of music by Tasmanian-born Peter Sculthorpe contains works that are related to the unique social climate and physical characteristics of the Pacific region. Earth Cry for didgeridoo and orchestra is a straightforward and melodious work whos

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sor_Fingers on July 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Listening to Sculthorpe's music is quite an experience. It's as if the music takes you to another part of the world. The sonorites are unlike anything I've heard in anyone else's work. Sculthorpe's compositions are truly unique. The music is primal, flowing, intense, mysterious and intriguing. It's as if the music evokes some kind of call to the naturalistic side of mankind. This recording has several great pieces on it that are unlike any other music I've ever heard.

The disc opens with Earth Cry, a dialogue between a digeridoo soloist and a full orchestra. It is somewhat reminicient of a tribal dance. The music depicts a cry of nature. It's wild, even somewhat animalistic. The orchestra screams with bombastic, dissonant chords, and the digeridoo imitates the sounds of many wild animals. Earth Cry is a very intense experience.

Following Earth Cry, we have Memento Mori. Sculthorpe makes use of the low strings with this piece. There is a lot of mystery in the opening passages, but soon we encounter flowing music. There are some beautiful melodies played by the strings. The piece slowly picks up in tension and volume. The lush chords wash over the listener. The multiple textures throughout the orchestra are countless. The piece just unfolds. It doesn't exactly build or anything. That's the beauty of it. It just happens.

Sculthorpe's epic piano concerto is unlike any other piano concerto I've ever heard. The music is very mysterious and looming, foreshadowing the chaos and rampage that follow. The harmonic sounds in the piece are quite unusual, but accesable. It's a constant shift between the dualities of dissonance and consonance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.D. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 27, 2011
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Peter Sculthorpe has risen to become one of the most celebrated contemporary composers (though more so in his native Australia than in the West), and there are plenty of "greatest hits"-like CDs available. Earth Cry (1974) remains on of his best-known works, although to some ears it may come across as somewhat pastiche-like. It certainly conjures up the sounds of Australia and Tasmania - using the didgeridoo certainly helps, though it is used in a manner that does not really come across as more than a little gimmicky. This is in any case an attractive - even exhilarating - menacing score, easily approachable though not without depths.

Memento mori (1993) incorporates the Dies Irae in its evocation of Easter Island and its stone heads whose history and significance is lost and makes for an effective tone poem. The piano concerto (1983) employs sparse materials (gamelan and Japanese) to build up what is essentially a romantic piano concerto - and a very rewarding work to boost with its coruscating, hypnotic colors. From Oceania (1970/2003) stems from the composer's so-called "sun music" period, and it is more otherworldly, less earthily Australian, than the later works. There is more captivating nature evocation in Kakadu (1988), in particular the description of exotic birds.

The performances are generally very good. Judd draws some very good playing from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, though the playing is sometimes on the "harder" side and even a little unsmiling (at least compared to other versions of Earth Cry, which is the only score for which I have heard alternatives). Cislowska is a commendable soloist in the piano concerto and William Barton treats the didjeridoo parts effectively for all I know. The recording is first-class, and this is a fine portrait of a significant composer, though I have to say that the Kronos recordings of his music remain the most mesmerizing I have come across. Recommended all the same.
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By Damon Harvey on May 18, 2014
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Listening to the mixture of the unique orchestration combined with the didgeridoo is exhilarating and yet relaxing. Absolutely loved it.
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