Learning to Howl - a CD of Andrew Ford's music
just out from ABC Classics
April 2013. ABC Classics has released a recording of Andrew Ford's double award-winning song cycle, Learning to Howl, sung by the soprano Jane Sheldon. The piece sets words by Lorrie Moore, Sappho, Emily Dickinson, Christina Rossetti, Emily Brontë, Queen Elizabeth I, Ann Timoney Jenkin and Elizabeth Smart (among others) and represents a woman's life from childhood to old age.
The CD also includes the 'single' version of a song from the cycle, the Rossetti setting 'The Birthday of My Life', together with Snatches of Old Lauds, for bass clarinet and drone, and Sounds and sweet airs, for flute and clarinet. The other major work on the disc is the Prix Italia runner-up Elegy in a Country Graveyard, recently featured in Tony Williams and Anna Hewgill's film, A Place Called Robertson.
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James Cuddeford with his violin in
the Hong Kong Sinfonietta concert
in Hong Kong
March 2013. The Hong Kong Sinfonietta will open their morning concert on 10 April with Andrew Ford's Bright Shiners for solo violin and string orchestra. Commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra in honour of Richard Tognetti's 20th anniversary as artistic director, the piece was designed to run straight into Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 3 and that's how it was first performed by the ACO with Pekka Kuusisto in 2009. Ford is currently working on a revision of the piece (so that it need not always keep company with Brandenburg 3), but meanwhile the performance in Hong Kong City Hall under James Cuddeford will be of the original version, followed by the Bach.
New finale for Nine Fantasies about Brahms
April 2013. Two completed revisions of recent works will be heard in Australia in May. A re-polished and slightly expanded version of You Must Sleep, But I Must Dance will be played by Roger Benedict (viola) and Daryl Pratt (percussion) at the Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival on 4 May, while the Sutherland Trio will unveil a streamlined Nine Fantasies About Brahms with its brand new (and far shorter) finale at the Melbourne Recital Centre on 8 May.
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