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Margaret Bradman (b. 1949): Sensations - Wind, Waves, Birds & Fire / Vít Muzík, violin; Lucie Kaucká, Marcello Maio, Margaret Brandman, piano; Moravian PO, Petr Vronsky

Album Summary

>Brandman, Margaret : Love Brings Change, adagio for strings
>Brandman, Margaret : Lyric Fantasy, for piano & orchestra
>Brandman, Margaret : Undulations, for orchestra
>Brandman, Margaret : Firestorm Symphony, for orchestra
>Brandman, Margaret : Binna Burra Dreaming, for violin & piano
>Brandman, Margaret : The Eastern Spinebill and the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos Herald a Blue Mountains Bush Fire, for violi
>Brandman, Margaret : Autumn Rhapsody, for piano
>Brandman, Margaret : Jucaro Rhumba d'Amor, for violin & piano
>Brandman, Margaret : Spirit Visions, for 2 pianos
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Australian composer, music educator, and pianist Margaret Brandman presents her debut Navona release SENSATIONS, featuring several of her celebrated compositions, each one presenting a unique musical experience and sensation. The Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra skillfully performs the orchestral portion, opening with the joyful Love Brings Change (Adagio for Strings). Pianist Lucie Kaucká joins the orchestra for Lyric Fantasy, an emotional and accessible two-movement work with contrasting moods for piano and strings. In the two-movement Undulations, also for strings, Brandman portrays the elegant flowing movement of the ocean waves on Australia's eastern seaboard. In the central orchestral piece, the programmatic three-movement Firestorm Symphony for full orchestra, Brandman effectively captures the shimmering heat, dangerous wind and approaching fire along with the sounds of the native birds, during the terrifying experience of Australian Blue Mountains' bush fires which threatened her family home, the sorrowful aftermath and eventual renewal of the bush. The chamber music portion, featuring violinist Vit Mužík and pianist Lucie Kaucká, opens with Binna Burra Dreaming, which centers on the aboriginal Binna Burra world heritage site in Australia's Gondwana rainforest. The Eastern Spinebill and the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos Herald a Blue Mountains' Bush Fire, a vibrant reduction of the first movement of Firestorm Symphony, explores more closely the wildlife affected by the Blue Mountains' bush fires. Mužík and Kaucká round out their contributions with the Latin-American-styled Jucaro Rhumba D'Amor. Also featured on the chamber music portion are piano pieces performed by Brandman herself. Following the impressionistic and lyrical piano solo Autumn Rhapsody, Brandman is joined by pianist Marcello Maio for Spirit Visions, a two-piano work inspired by the tone colors of the Sydney Town Hall organ. This piece, like the many others on this release, embodies the bright and jazzy style that makes Brandman's music so distinctive.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic (01/23/2010); Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, Australia (01/23/2010); Trackdown Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia (01/23/2010); Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic (04/16/2014); Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, Australia (04/16/2014); Trackdown Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia (04/16/2014); Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic (09/10/2015); Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, Australia (09/10/2015); Trackdown Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia (09/10/2015); Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic (09/12/2015); Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, Australia (09/12/2015); Trackdown Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia (09/12/2015); Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic (09/13/2015); Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, Australia (09/13/2015); Trackdown Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia (09/13/2015); Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic (09/14/2015); Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, Australia (09/14/2015); Trackdown Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia (09/14/2015); Reduta Hall, Olomouc Czech Republic (10/15/2015); Sydney Conservatorium of Music, NSW, Australia (10/15/2015); Trackdown Studios, Sydney, NSW, Australia (10/15/2015).



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>Brandman, Margaret : Love Brings Change, adagio for strings
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Ensemble: Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Brandman, Margaret : Lyric Fantasy, for piano & orchestra
  • Performer: Lucie Kaucka (Piano)
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brandman, Margaret : Undulations, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Running Time: 10 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Brandman, Margaret : Firestorm Symphony, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Petr Vronsky
  • Running Time: 16 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Orchestral

>Brandman, Margaret : Binna Burra Dreaming, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Lucie Kaucka (Piano); Vit Muzik (Violin)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brandman, Margaret : The Eastern Spinebill and the Sulphur-Crested Cockatoos Herald a Blue Mountains Bush Fire, for violi
  • Performers: Lucie Kaucka (Piano); Vit Muzik (Violin)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brandman, Margaret : Autumn Rhapsody, for piano
  • Performer: Margaret Brandman (Piano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brandman, Margaret : Jucaro Rhumba d'Amor, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Lucie Kaucka (Piano); Vit Muzik (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brandman, Margaret : Spirit Visions, for 2 pianos
  • Performers: Margaret Brandman (Piano); Marcello Maio (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary