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Six compositions shortlisted for major Australian awards

Reprinted from Limelight Magazine, November 14, 2016
James Ledger, Milliken, Skipworth, Dean, Ford and Schultz are in the running for Paul Lowin Prizes.

It’s been three years since the prestigious Paul Lowin Prizes were last awarded, but today six recent Australian compositions have been announced as finalists for awards in 2016. The Orchestral Prize, worth $25,000, and the Song Cycle Prize, worth $15,000, are among Australia’s richest rewards for music composition and are managed every two or three years by Perpetual in collaboration with the Australian Music Centre.

The three works shortlisted for this year’s Orchestral Prize are James Ledger’s 2013 Violin Concert Golden Years, written for Margaret Blades and commissioned by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, Cathy Milliken’s Earth Plays, premiered last year by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and winner of this year’s Art Music Awards Orchestral Work of the Year, and Lachlan Skipworth’s Clarinet Concerto, which won the Australian Art Music Awards’ 2015 prize for Best Performance of an Australian Composition for Ashley Smith and WASO.

Shortlisted for the Song Cycle Prize are Brett Dean’s Hamlet-inspired String Quartet No 2 for soprano and string quartet And once I played Ophelia (now recorded on the Chandos label), Andrew Ford’s 2013 song cycle Last Words for soprano, violin, cello and piano – a setting of final remarks from Goethe and Alban Berg to Cloudstreet’s Fish Lamb – and Andrew Schultz’s Paradise, a setting of five songs for soprano, cello and piano written in 2013.

Paul Lowin, who died in Vienna in 1961, was born in 1893 in Czechoslovakia, lived in Austria in the 1930s, and fled the Nazi terror to come to Australia in 1939. In his hand-written will he stated his wish to establish a competition for works by living Australian composers, but left rather subjective instructions that the entries would be expected to be in a “modern but not too modern” style. It took executors an agonising 30 years to thrash out what that awkward qualification actually meant and how it might be applied in practice, before the first awards took place in 1991.

According to the judges, a record number of entries were received this time around, with 67 orchestral submissions and 59 song cycles. As has always been the case, nominations were accepted from the general public as well as from a range of music professionals. Previous Paul Lowin Prize winners have included Nigel Westlake, Elliott Gyger, Mary Finsterer, Andrew Schultz, Brett Dean, Rosalind Page, Nigel Butterley, Julian Yu, Georges Lentz, Brenton Broadstock, Martin Wesley-Smith, Michael Smetanin, Raffæle Marcellino, Liza Lim and Andrew Ford.

The recipients of the two Paul Lowin Prizes will be announced at a ceremony in Sydney on December 6. Other shortlisted works will receive a special commendation and the sum of $400.

– See more at: http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/news/six-compositions-shortlisted-major-australian-music-awards#sthash.vio7xMX1.dpuf

New CD of Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Schultz

Here are the details of the new Tall Poppies release of Australian sacred choral music, including Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis by Andrew Schultz, performed by the Brisbane Chamber Choir/Graeme Morton.

The following is from the Tall Poppies website – http://members.iinet.net.au/~carlvine/tp/index.cgi?tp=cd&val=239

TP239 Mass of the Dreaming

Australian Sacred Choral Music
Brisbane Chamber Choir • Graeme Morton, director

$23   (Australian dollars)

buy at: AMC – Buywell

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It is truly amazing that we’ve waited until 2016 for an Australian choir to record a CD of Australian sacred choral music. Yes, this is the first!!

It’s well worth the wait. A lot of this music was commissioned by the choir. Specially mention must be made of Ross Edwards‘ Mass of the Dreaming, a substantial work that will definitely be included among the pantheon of Australian choral works in the future. It’s the largest work on this disc and one of the most engaging.

The Brisbane Chamber Choir sings these works with skill and passion, ably directed by Graeme Morton.

The Choir has also commissioned the cover art from Kangaroo Valley-based artist Githa Pilbrow, who was inspired by the 2016 Vivid! exhibition in Sydney. Her work Cathedral Light makes a lovely cover.

CONTENTS

Paul Stanhope Ubi caritas
Joseph Twist Lamentation of Jeremiah
Keren C. Terpstra Arise my love, my fair one
Matthew Orlovich Communion of Reparation
Andrew Schultz Magnificat
Andrew Schultz Nunc dimittis
Stephen Leek Sanctus
Stephen Leek Agnus Dei
Nigel Butterley Exultate Domino
Ross Edwards Mass of the Dreaming