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Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lake Moonrise with Halcyon

"Banksian Cockatoo", Port Jackson painter ca 1790, c. Natural History Museum
“Banksian Cockatoo”, Port Jackson painter ca 1790, c. Natural History Museum

Lake Moonrise is a recent work by Andrew Schultz for mezzo-soprano, clarinet, cello and vibraphone, composed in 2013 for Halcyon’s fifteenth birthday as a part of their Kingfisher project. The piece had its first performance at a special concert of new works for Halcyon in October 2013 at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. It was performed again by Halcyon on March 29 at Sydney Conservatorium. The Kingfisher project involves a group of short new pieces by Australian composers which have now being performed in full – for more details go to www.halcyon.org.au

Lake moonrise is a setting of a text by the composer that reflects on an experience many years ago of being awestruck by a commonplace but compellingly beautiful event in nature. In this case, a stunning moonrise over Lake Cootharaba in Queensland observed from a fire-wrecked palm valley where the burnt trees were adorned by red slashed black cockatoos with their shrieking calls. The work is in the form of a prelude and fugue.

Click here to read more about the work and to see the text: Lake moonrise program note.

Click to listen to the ABC Classic FM podcast of the March performance of the work.

Stille Sprache digital recording release

Orpheus by Redon

Stille Sprache “opened up mightily impressive vistas. At times quite breathtaking in its scope, it was sometimes difficult to accept that such an expansive musical canvas was peopled by just three performers.”

[Marc Rochester, The Straits Times, 18 April 2011]

Stille Sprache (Language of Silence), Opus 81 by Andrew Schultz is a setting of three poems from the first part of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Die Sonette an Orpheus (The Sonnets of Orpheus) for soprano, violin and piano. Felicitas Fuchs (soprano), Qian Zhou (violin) and Bernard Lanskey (piano) recorded the work at the Studios of the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music in Singapore in 2013 (Zhou Xiaodong, audio engineer). The work was composed by Andrew Schultz in Sydney, Australia, in 2009 for the wonderful young German soprano Felicitas Fuchs who gave the work its premiere with French violinist Aki Saulière, and Australian pianist Bernard Lanskey at La Loingtaine in Paris in 2010. Felicitas has since performed it in England, Australia and Singapore and now presents it on this digital-only recording release with Bernard Lanskey and the brilliant Chinese violinist, Qian Zhou.

Stille Sprache has three movements:

1. Da stieg ein Baum, duration: 6 minutes 55 seconds

2. Nur wer die Leier schon hob, duration: 7 minutes 19 seconds

3. Ein Gott vermags, duration: 5 minutes 45 seconds

Click to download the recording booklet: Stille Sprache CD Text and Note

Read more about the composer: Andrew Schultz

Read more about the artists: Felicitas FuchsQian Zhou, and Bernard Lanskey.

Purchase on i-Tunes, Amazon and other digital platforms

Release date: 10 March 2014

Catalogue number: AW5016356

Hear and see a performance of the third movement of Stille Sprache on YouTube