The Benaud Trio return with the release today of The Aussie Album, a beautiful and arresting collection of works that captures modern-day Australia through music. Recorded for ABC Classics, (ABC 481 7164), the album is available as a single CD and in digital form.
Using Percy Grainger’s Colonial Song as its starting point, The Aussie Album touches on questions about what it means to be here and now: Australia’s ‘it’s complicated’ relationship with Europe, finding community in modern life, the development of a uniquely Australian artistic sensibility and, of course, cricket.
Featuring works by Percy Grainger, Paul Stanhope, Nicole Murphy, Carl Vine, Iain Grandage and Matthew Hindson – including six world premiere recordings and four works commissioned by the Benaud Trio – The Aussie Album explores the fundamental question: “What does it mean to be Australian?”
They are joined in this stunning recording by soprano Greta Bradman, whose recent stage performances and recordings have cemented her status as a singer of immense warmth and artistry. Her two albums, My Hero and Home have both been critical and commercial successes, and recent appearances with Opera Australia and Victorian Opera have been widely praised.
The Benaud Trio is one of Australia’s finest chamber ensembles. Formed in Melbourne in 2005, pianist Amir Farid, violinist Lachlan Bramble, and cellist Ewen Bramble have established themselves as formidable performers of both the standard repertoire and music with a pop/jazz influence, and great champions of works by Australian composers.
The tracks: PERCY GRAINGER 1882–1961 Colonial Song/ PAUL STANHOPE born 1969 Three Lorca Songs/ I. Song for the Moon, II. Madrigals, III. Song of the Seven Maidens (Theory of the Rainbow)/ NICOLE MURPHY born 1983 Spinning Top/ CARL VINE born 1954 Piano Trio ‘The Village’/ IAIN GRANDAGE born 1970 Richie – In Memoriam/ MATTHEW HINDSON -born 1968 Rush, 1915
The performers: Greta Bradman soprano (Tracks 2-4) Greta Bradman appears courtesy of Decca/Universal Music Australia Pty Limited
The BENAUD TRIO: Amir Farid piano/ Lachlan Bramble violin/ Ewen Bramble cello
Album available 8 June 2018 | 1CD + Digital album | ABC 481 7164