Album Remarks & Appraisals:
Mark Isaacs premiered Children's Songs in 2012 at the Adelaide Festival in South Australia. In this pensive suite of short piano works, one of Australia's most accomplished composers and pianists plunges us into a part of ourselves that we may have thought we'd lost forever. World-renowned pianist and conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy remarked, "This wonderful cycle is highly inventive and inspiring, accessible to children and adults alike. Very enjoyable and touching!" To compose the suite Isaacs drew upon various influences, most notably "Kinderszenen," Schumann's set of solo piano pieces from 1838. The work also nods to Mozart, Bartók, Debussy, Bach, Percy Grainger, and Alban Berg.
Los Angeles Times
The work of an artist capable of matching the rich elements of classical composition with the flowing rhythms of jazz ... the product of a splendid musical mind.
Expedition Audio Recommended
The music is delicate and pensive, sometimes tentative, but far from simple. Isaacs draws on many techniques to form his lyrical miniatures: chromatic harmonies, tone clusters and polyrhythms are employed, often in classical forms such as a gavotte, minuet or canon. The music is very interesting. ... read more ...
Audio Mixers: Paul Bryant; Ross Ahern.
Liner Note Author: James Gavin.
Recording information: Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Center, Sydney, Australia (2012).
Photographer: Katherine Deeb.
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