Naxos Records have released a new disc of music by Peter Sculthorpe. Featuring many of his finest orchestral works, the recording was Disc of the Week in London’s Evening Standard in December 2004, and Disc of the Month in Naxos UK’s December newsletter. It is already attracting glowing praise elsewhere:
‘The Tasmanian-born Peter Sculthorpe, 75 last year, has for a long time seemed likely to break through to wider international recognition with his strong, simple, yet never superficial orchestral pictures of Australia and the Pacific region. This disc might well do the trick.’
BBC Music Magazine (Anthony Burton), February 2005
Included are Kakadu and Memento Mori, both almost repertory pieces now; From Oceania – a reworked version of Music for Japan; and the ubiquitous Earth Cry in a version for didjeridu and orchestra, with soloist the irrepressible William Barton, who was also a central figure in Sculthorpe’s recent Requiem.
The Naxos disc is completed by a new recording of the sumptuous, Balinese-inspired Piano Concerto – soloist Tamara Anna Cislowska.