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Australian Classics

by Various Artists

Colin Brumby's Violin Concerto No.2, lyrical in style, substantial in concept; Dulcie Holland's neglected 1940's masterpiece at last heard on CD. Organ works of religious inspiration by Robert Allworth and Lawrence Bartlett. A feast of Australian music.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Violin Concerto No. 2: I. Largamente
Queensland Symphony Orchestra & Werner Andreas Albert
12:02 album only
2. Violin Concerto No. 2: II. Andante cantabile
Queensland Symphony Orchestra & Werner Andreas Albert
8:04 album only
3. Violin Concerto No. 2: III. Movement, presto
Queensland Symphony Orchestra & Werner Andreas Albert
4:21 album only
4. Trio for Violin, Cello, Piano: I. Allegro non troppo
Shirin Lim, Claire Oremland & Greg Roberts
6:37 album only
5. Trio for Violin, Cello, Piano: II. Allegro scherzando
Shirin Lim, Claire Oremland & Greg Roberts
4:39 album only
6. Trio for Violin, Cello, Piano: III. Allegro maestoso
Shirin Lim, Claire Oremland & Greg Roberts
5:38 album only
7. Visions of Mary Immaculate: Meditations of St. Catherine Laboure
Laurence Bartlett
3:20 album only
8. Visions of Mary Immaculate: Hymn to Lady Walsingham
Laurence Bartlett
4:28 album only
9. Visions of Mary Immaculate: Hymn to the Immaculate Conception
Laurence Bartlett
3:02 album only
10. Visions of Mary Immaculate: Vision of Lourdes
Laurence Bartlett
4:37 album only
11. Prelude to Paradise
Laurence Bartlett
4:41 album only


Album Notes
Jade CDs are widely heard on national and fine music stations throughout Australia, and are recognised as a valuable resource by educational authorities as being uniquely representative of the work of Australian composers. They are manufactured in limited runs of 500 and, as stocks are therefore limited, may be regarded as collectors' items! All Jade CD covers are distinctive. Many of the early Jade CD covers (like this one) display stylish black & white photography by Nicolas van der Waarden. Most Jade CDs have an anthology format and include works by several composers. It's great to have these CDs on offer for a wider audience at CD Baby. and this music is now available on digital download.


Works by: Dulcie Holland, Robert Allworth, Eric Gross, Colin Brumby Duration: 61.41


Colin Brumby's Violin Concerto No. 2; Dulcie Holland's 1944 Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano: Robert Allworth's organ work "Visions of Mary Immaculate"(1989) and Eric Gross' "Prelude To Paradise"(1977), also for organ.

(for biographies scroll down):

COLIN BRUMBY (b. 1933)

Tracks 1, 2 & 3. VIOLIN CONCERTO No. 2 (1983)

In 1982 Colin Brumby was invited to Hobart as guest lecturer in "The Composer Speaks", annual series of public lectures and performances presented by the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music celebrating the work of selected Australian composers. Over lunch with the then Director of the Conservatorium, violinist Jan Sedivka, an invitation was extended to Brumby to compose a violin concerto for lan Sedivka to perform. The result was Brumby's Violin Concerto No. 2 which Jan Sedivka premiered, with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra under Werner Andreas Albert, on the 4th August 1983 at the ABC's Ferry Road Studios in Brisbane. In three movements, it is an intensely warm and lyrical work with a strongly romantic impulse throughout.

The first movement (Largamente) is in traditional sonata form, preceded by an expansive orchestral introduction that ushers in the soloist playing a rhapsodic cadenza. The second movement (Andante cantabile) is a set of imaginative variations on an expressive, original meIody announced at the outset by the solo violin. The final movement (Presto) is a rhythmically energetic rondo which, although containing intensely melodic interludes, is clearly rooted in the timeless tradition of the folkdance.

DULCIE HOLLAND (1933 - 2000) Tracks 4, 5,6. TRIO FOR VIOLIN 'CELLO & PIANO (1944)
This work is in three movements:
1. Allegro non troppo, a serious conversation between the three instruments.
2. Allegrando Scherzando - a Scherzo & Trio which bring a lighter feeling to the discussion.
3. Allegro Maestoso - assertive and serious containing a a reference to the opening of the first movement, which helps to unify the work.
It was first performed at the COMPOSING WOMENS' FESTIVAL, Adelaide, South Australia, 21/9/91.


Tracks 7, 8, 9 & 10. VISIONS OF MARY IMMACULATE (1989). Composed and completed between May and August 1989, this music exhibits the composer's devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. The work comprises four movements in a meditative style:
Meditations of Saint Catherine Laboure of the Miraculous Medal.
Hymn to our Lady of Walsingham.
Hymn to the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Vision of Lourdes (the Appearing of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate).
Played by Lawrence Bartlett at the organ of Saint Michael's Vaucluse.

ERIC GROSS (b.1926)

Track 11 - PRELUDE TO PARADISE fo' Organ Op. 100/1(1977)

This prelude was performed at a memorial service in the U.S.A. for the composer's niece, Pamela Hess-Dundon, who died at at early age in Pittsburgh. The music is intended to express her serene and pleasantly contented personality. There is also an orchestral version of this composition.

Biographical notes:

Dulcie Holland was born in Sydney on January 5th 1913 of music-loving parents. She studied piano, cello, composition and theoretical subjects at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music under such famous teachers as Alfred Hill and Frank Hutchens, and gained her diploma in the art of teaching. After further composition Study with Roy Agnew she went to London where for two years she studied at the Royal College of Music with John Ireland for composition and Reginald Jacques for conducting, winning the coveted Blumentha schoIarship and the Cobbett Prize for Chamber music composition. Returning to Australia she began an active career as composer,arranger, pianist, accompanist, teacher, organist and choir director, becoming an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board and a frequent broadcaster for the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

She became well known for her composition in many categories: orchestral, solo instrumental, chamber music, vocal & choral, film scores and music for young performers. These works have earned her many awards including prizes in the ABC-APRA Composer' competitions in 1933, 1944 and 1956, Henry Lawson Festival Award (1956), General Motors Theatre Award (1963), Musical Association awards and others. Her publishers have included EMI Music Publishing and Palings, Warner Chappell Music, Allans, Alberts, Modern Music Craft, Boosey and Hawkes, Southern and BMI Canada. In 1940 she married mathematician and musician, Alan Bellhouse, with whom she collaborated in the writing of several music text books and worked with him in the establishment of the North Shore Symphony Orchestra conducting, playing and arranging music for the orchestra.
Dulcie Holland died in 2000. A commemorative CD was released on the Jade label in the year of her passing, "Dulcie Holland & Friends".

ERIC GROSS was born in Vienna and arrived in England in 1938 at the age of twelve. He studied at Trinity College London and at the University of Aberdeen. From 1960 until 1991 he was on the staff of the Department of Music of the University of Sydney until his retirement as Associate Professor. His compositions include music in almost every major category: symphonies, concertos, chamber music, choral music and opera. His works are featured on many Jade CD releases.

ROBERT ALLWORTH is a Sydney-based composer and works in many genres. His orchestral composition "Australia Suite", played by the Queensland Symphony orchestra conducted by Patrick Thomas, has achieved popular acclaim. His is the producer of Jade CDs, and was awarded an OAM in 1997 for his services to Australian music.

LAWRENCE BARTLETT, who recorded Gross's "Prelude to Paradise" and Robert Allworth's "Visions of Mary Immaculate" on the organ of the Church of St. Michaels', Vaucluse, Sydney, was ordained an Anglican Priest in 1961 and was a Canon of St. Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney. He began his professional career as pianist in the Klavier Trio with Michael Curby and Cedric Ashton and is also a graduate of the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music. Lawrence Bartlett died in 2002. His own compositions are featured on many Jade CD releases.



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Rod Ellem

A forgotten masterpirce
Each piece is wonderful on this album. The Dulcie Holland however is woth the price itself. A truely forgotten masterpiece.