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Paradise by Schultz recording release

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A recording of Andrew Schultz’s Paradise – Five Songs for soprano, cello and piano, Opus 95 (2013) has been given a digital recording release by the three outstanding performers who gave the work its premiere in Paris in August 2015: Felicitas Fuchs (soprano), Li-Wei Qin (cello) and Bernard Lanskey (piano). This new recording was made at NUS in Singapore in October 2015 with Zhou Xiaodong the recording’s engineer and producer. Paradise was a finalist in the 2016 Art Music Awards and Highly Commended in the 2016 Paul Lowin Awards and consists of settings of the composer’s own texts.

The recording is available for sale and streaming on all major digital platforms including i-Tunes, Deezer, Spotify and YouTube. The release date of the recording is 6 January 2017 and the catalog number is Sedition 8.

The text of the songs, program note and composer’s biography are available to download as a PDF from this link: paradise-text-program-note-biog.

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

Paradise returns

On Saturday, 10 September, 2016 Halcyon again present Schultz’s Paradise, five songs for soprano, cello and piano. The work will be presented as part of a program of new and recent music called The Poet’s Voice.

The Poet’s Voice
Sept 10 at 5pm
St Bede’s Anglican Church
14 College St Drummoyne
Tickets $35/$25
Bookings:  classikon.com.au
Enquiries: info@halcyon.org.au

 

Paradise, Opus 95 (2013) is a cycle of five songs for soprano, cello and piano written for Felicitas Fuchs, Li-Wei Qin and Bernard Lanskey. They gave its first performance in June 2015 at La Loingtaine, Paris. Halcyon gave the Australia premiere shortly afterwards in September 2015. The work is a setting of the composer’s own texts in which a physician observer wrestles with the small-scale detail and the large-scale effect of an horrific and violent event.

 

Composer’s note:

‘For some time I have either been writing my own texts or quietly editing, translating and adapting pre-existing texts to suit my musical purposes. In choosing to write my own texts I have been attracted by the freedom and precision of expression this allows me to bring to my vocal music. This is partly because of the inevitable constraints that a text places on a composer but also because I am looking for a personal, specific and clear expression of ideas and that requires a high level of unity of artistic means.

In the case of Paradise the subject matter of the work’s texts is sensitive and tricky to pull off. This work occupies a similar creative space to my opera, Going Into Shadows, in the way it addresses brutal violence and its aftermath in the contemporary world. Finding a way to deal with this material is an artistic challenge that is very important to me so I’m very grateful for the support of two groups of wonderful performers.’

Halcyon

In September, three concerts by Sydney ensemble Halcyon present five works by Andrew Schultz.

 

WINTER MOON SECRETS

Friday 4th Sept 2015 at 7.30pm
Music Workshop, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

The program features the premiere of A Feast of Lanterns II (2015) by Larry Sitsky scored for mezzo, violin, cello, piano and percussion.

The program also features Andrew Schultz’s I am writing in this book (2011) written for soprano, mezzo, cello, double bass, harp, percussion and piano. Commissioned by Halcyon, and workshopped with Andrew during a Bundanon residency, it is a collection of five songs on texts drawn from 10th century writer Sei Shonagon’s The Pillow Book.

Sohmon III (1988), by eminent Japanese composer Minoru Miki, sets poetry from the oldest anthology of Japanese poetry, the Man’Yoshi (Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves) dating from the seventh and eight centuries in a work for soprano, piano and percussion.

Halcyon is pleased to welcome koto virtuoso Satsuki Odamura for this program.  She will be performing two solo works composed for her: Interlude from Koto Dreaming (2003) by Ross Edwards and Garden (2006) by Rosalind Page.

Tickets $35/$25 through Classikon

For more details click here

Image (at right, above): Moon with a View by Kay Stratman

 

DITTIES

Tuesday 15th September  6pm

Wyselaskie Auditorium, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Ken Murray (guitar) and Jenny Duck-Chong (mezzo soprano) present a recital of Australian songs written for voice and guitar over the past three decades. Featuring Matthew Hindson’s Insect Songs, John Peterson’s Of Quiet Places, Helen Gifford’s Spell Against Sorrow, several songs from Ditties by Andrew Schultz, and songs by Christine McCombe.

For more details click here

 

 

PARADISE

Thursday 17th September 1-2pm
Io Myers Studio, University of NSW,  Sydney

Halcyon presents a  lunchtime program for voice, cello and piano by Andrew Schultz and Rosalind Page.  Features To The Evening Star (2009) Prelude and Postscript  for piano (2015)* and Paradise (2013)* by Schultz and Being and Time III: Paradiso (2015) by Page.

Australian premiere

Admission: free

For more details of the date and venue click here

Download the concert program: Paradise_program

More details of the works by Andrew Schultz