Violinist Simone Slattery and cellist Anthony Albrecht have released a new CD themed around birdsong, Where Song Began. The tracks include classics like Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending and JS Bach’s Prelude from Cello Suite No.1, with traditional items like Ngarra Burra Ferra, a traditional Yorta Yorta hymn and contemporary works like Ross Edwards’ Ecstatic Dance No.2 and Simone Slattery’s In the Night.
Featuring an expanded and enhanced series of outstanding nature recordings, this CD combines the best aural elements of their live performance on 11 tracks, with a stunning cover design, including graphics by David Lancashire and a 16-page booklet with notes by Simone, some of the poetry included in the show and photography by Muneer Al Shanti.
The tracks: 1. Dawn Chorus – Overtone Singing with Arvo Pärt’s Fratres*, 1977/ 2. Sarah Hopkins – Reclaiming the Spirit, 1993/ 3. Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Lark Ascending*, 1917/ 4. Chris Williams – bird, songs, seas*, 2017/5. Simone Slattery – Improvisation on a Bowerbird’s Failed Courtship/ 6. Ross Edwards – Ecstatic Dance No.2, 1990/ 7. Simone Slattery – In the Night, 2019/ 8. Johann Heinrich Schmelzer – Cucu Sonata, 1664/ 9. J.S. Bach – Prelude from Cello Suite No.1, c.1720/ 10. David John Lang – Anthochaera carunculate, 2017/
11. Ngarra Burra Ferra – Traditional Yorta Yorta hymn
The performers: Violin and Vocals – Simone Slattery/ Cello – Anthony Albrecht/ Nature Recordings – Andrew Skeoch, Sue Gould, Ann Jones/
Cover Artwork – David Lancashire
To purchase, visit https://wheresongbegan.com/
The performers will donate 5% of CD sale profits to Birdlife Australia.